Work is underway at bus gates and bus lanes along key access routes into Sheffield to keep traffic moving through the city with warning notices being issued to motorists who ignore the rules.
Sheffield City Council is working with public transport operators to ensure bus gates and lanes are enforced at locations across Sheffield, in support of the city’s ground breaking Bus Partnership Agreement.
Cameras are being used to carry out the enforcement of the bus gate on South Lane and the Broad Street bus lane for the first time this year. Enforcement action will also be carried out on Granville Road, Charter Row/Fitzwilliam Gate and Spital Hill.
Warning notices will initially be issued to any motorist passing through the South Lane bus gate, or along the Broad Street bus lane, to let them know when they’ve committed an offence. This way, motorists have a chance to change their behaviour before full enforcement starts on 7 April 2014. Penalty notices will continue for all other areas as normal.
Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council, said:
“We are doing all we can to inform motorists about the restrictions in place and warning notices should help with this.
We have found that bringing in enforcement significantly reduces the number of people who illegally use bus lanes or gates, in some cases by as much as 90 per cent.
All we want is for motorists to comply with the rules – and the vast majority do. I’m sure most people have experienced frustration when someone flies down the bus lane past them, ignoring the rules – I know I have.
In an ideal world we wouldn’t have to fine anyone but if motorists ignore restrictions, unfortunately they will receive a Penalty Charge Notice.”
Bus gates and bus lanes operate at different times, depending on their location. The times of operation are always signed locally. Motorists caught on camera during operational hours breaking the rules will be fined £60, although this will be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.
The Council has been using camera enforcement at locations across the city since Summer 2007. The first bus gate to be enforced was Hillsborough and public transport operators saw a 50 per cent improvement on journey times through Hillsborough corner after just six months.
Further camera enforcement is planned along many of the city’s busier routes on weekdays between 7.30am – 9.30am and 4.00pm – 6.30pm later in the year.
Find our more about bus gate and lane enforcement.