Bus lane enforcement – tribunal findings

By on 26/02/2014 in News

The following is a statement from the city council in response to the adjudicator’s findings following recent appeals against bus lane enforcement penalties:

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Bus lane enforcement began in September 2013 following publicity over the summer and a six week grace period when motorists were sent warning letters, even though we were legally entitled to enforce during this period. Many of the routes have been subject to restrictions for a number of years.

“Bus lanes play a vital role in the speed and efficiency of Birmingham's transport system. Motorists travelling in bus lanes have a serious impact on journey times and further exacerbate the city's congestion problems.

“A total of 2.25 million passengers benefit from the city centre bus lanes every week. Delays at city centre bus stops have been reduced by 12 per cent since their introduction, while journey times in the afternoon peak have improved by 2-3 minutes northbound and 4 minutes southbound every day.

“Our position has always been that the Bus Lane signage is compliant and sufficiently visible to motorists, a view now confirmed by the independent adjudicator at a majority of the locations that they have considered.

“It is pleasing the adjudicator also said he rejected entirely any suggestion that the council has decided to enforce what was an existing bus lane scheme with cameras as a source of additional revenue.

“However, the adjudicator has taken the view that signage at three locations could be improved. We will look at their recommendations in detail with a view to making any necessary changes to road signing as part of the ongoing review of the bus lane enforcement scheme.

“More people travel into Birmingham city centre by bus every day than any other mode of  transport connecting local people to jobs, the city's shopping areas, colleges, universities and hospitals.

“Bus lanes play a key role in reducing the congestion which costs the West Midlands region more than £2 billion each year through lost working hours, wasted fuel and late delivery of goods.”

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