Leeds: £30 fines warning for bus lane cheat drivers

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MOTORISTS unlawfully using Leeds bus lanes risk being caught on camera and fined £30 from next month.

New cameras are being installed to catch drivers using bus lanes to dodge traffic queues.

In the run-up to the switch-on of the cameras, council officials will be out warning drivers and issuing dummy tickets. The cameras are being placed in and around the city centre.

A council survey earlier this year found nearly 2,000 drivers illegally cutting into city centre bus lanes over three days, with most of the offences taking place during the morning rush-hour.

Along Wellington Road bus lane next to Clyde Approach, 572 drivers were seen to break the law on the same day.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for development, said: “The extent of the abuse of bus lanes by motorists is shocking and this behaviour is against the law. For every driver who attempts to shave a few seconds off their journey there are bus loads of commuters who are being held up.”

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