Council chiefs in Leeds expect to rake in nearly £4.5m over the next 12 months in parking fines and bus lane enforcement penalties.
Parking fines are forecast to bring in £3.2m and penalties imposed on motorists who flout bus lane regulations a further £1.25m, according to figures contained in the council’s 2012-13 budget.
And next week senior councillors are expected to give the go ahead for more bus lane enforcement cameras to be installed across the city following the success of a pilot scheme.
Following the installation of cameras at five city centre sites last summer, the number of motorists illegally nipping into bus lanes to avoid traffic congestion plunged by up to 90 per cent.
Now more bus lanes are in line for cameras.
Among the lanes that have been surveyed to establish the level of misuse by motorists include Otley Road inbound towards Shaw Lane; Abbey Road inbound at Kirkstall; Dewsbury Road outbound; Woodhouse Lane; Chapeltown Road inbound near Leopold Street and York Road outbound opposite Great Clothes.
A total of 26 lanes were surveyed and potential sites will be assessed and analysed before a decision is made on whether or not to introduce cameras.
A report to be discussed by the council’s executive board says that, on average, each site will take a year to cover the installation and other costs.
There will be a publicity campaign before any of the new cameras are introduced.
The report concludes: “The proposals, which are expected to be self-financing, are a fundamental element to reducing congestion and maintaining freer flowing traffic in bus lanes.”
The charge for illegally using bus lanes is £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. The council last year acquired the responsibility from the police for enforcing bus lane rules.