Leeds City Council raked in £1.2m from bus lane fines last year, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.
Now council chiefs are planning a war on motorists with plans to almost double the number of enforcement cameras and even issue automatic fines for illegal U-turns and misusing box junctions.
Since April this year the council has issued 28,119 fixed penalty notices to motorists who were caught driving in restricted bus lanes, generating over £612,000 in fines.
The news comes just days after Liverpool City Council revealed it was suspending all bus lanes in a bid to cut congestion, its mayor Joe Anderson saying bus lanes “may actually be making congestion worse”.
But Leeds City Council road chief Councillor Richard Lewis accused Liverpool of “going back to the Dark Ages”.
He confirmed plans to extend its network of 12 bus lane cameras, by installing 10 more.
Coun Lewis remained adamant bus lanes were the way forward for Leeds.
He said: “I am quite surprised at Liverpool’s initiative. Bus lanes are vital to keep the city moving, especially during peak times and it’s essential that we encourage more people onto public transport, not discourage them.”
The new camera will be fully equipped with wi-fi, meaning fines will be automatically issued to motorists.