Glaswegians fork out £11,000 in bus lane fines daily

Glaswegians fork out £11,000 in bus lane fines daily

Motorists in Glasgow are paying a collective £11,000 per day solely in bus lane penalties.

Figures released on Thursday show that drivers in Scotland's largest city fork out more than three times the amount paid by bus lane abusers in Edinburgh and Aberdeen combined, despite the three cities having a similar number of bus lane cameras in central areas.
174,448 penalty notices were issued in Glasgow between April last year and July 2013.

This works out to an average of 397 tickets issued every day, compared to the 100 doled out in the country's capital and Aberdeen.

Motorists caught using bus lanes face a £60 fine, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Glasgow City Council has defended its use of bus lane monitoring cameras, saying that they act as a deterrent against their misuse.

It cited a 10,000 strong drop in the number of penalties being issued in May 2013, compared to the same period the previous year.

Motoring groups, however, have expressed concerns over the amount of money being raised, suggesting that the Council is profiteering from penalising drivers. £4.8million has been collected in fines since bus lane monitoring was introduced to the city in April 2012.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Neil Greig, of the Institute of Advanced Motoring, said: "You shouldn't be seeing 400 fines a day at this stage.

"Something is wrong if that's happening. The signposting is wrong, or it's confusing, as people should have learned by now.

"It should not be seen by Glasgow as a good way of making money.

"The road markings in Glasgow are often very poor and if they're making this much money from fines they've got no excuse not to fix it."
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