Drivers have been warned to stay out of bus lanes in Leeds – after it was announced new cameras will be installed on three of the main commuter routes into the city.
CCTV is being added to the Elland Road park-and-ride route, Burley Road and York Road, where the council says vehicles are causing buses the most delays.
Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for transport, said buses were used by 80 million people a year and were “vital to keep the city moving”.
“But we can only achieve this if bus lanes aren’t clogged up with other vehicles,” he said.
“Regardless of whether or not we install cameras, it’s illegal to drive in bus lanes. The cameras simply allow us to enforce the law. Our experience shows that the cameras have a dramatic impact, cutting the amount of people dodging in and out of lanes and helping buses run on time.”
Across Leeds, 19 bus lanes are monitored by cameras. The council says they cut offences by 80 per cent. Anyone caught faces a £60 fine, cut to £30 if paid within 14 days.
In January the Yorkshire Evening Post revealed bus lane cameras in Leeds had been responsible for nearly £3million in tickets in two years.
A single camera in Boar Lane caught more than 25,000 drivers in that time.
More than £250,000 in fines was generated by another camera on Kirkstall Road, which caught more than 10,000 vehicles in its first 12 months in operation, from March 2013 to March 2014.