Glasgow drivers fined £1.3 million

Bus Lane

Motorists have been hit with at least £1.3 million in penalty charges for driving through a bus gate in the centre of Glasgow.

Put in place at the end of June 2014 by Glasgow City Council, the gate has generated nearly 70,000 charge notices issued to drivers between its installation and July of this year.
Cars were banned from driving through Nelson Mandela Place in order to cut down on congestion in the city centre. Taxis, delivery vehicles, buses and emergency vehicles are still permitted to use the route.

Alistair Watson, Glasgow City Council's executive member for Sustainability and Transport told the BBC: "One of the aims of the bus gate is to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through the city centre, while improving provision for public transport."

He went on to add: "There is always a period of adjustment when new restrictions are introduced. It's clear from the reduction in offences that drivers are aware of the bus lane and have modified the route they take."

The total amount of the fines generated from the single bus gate during its first year of use were actually greater than the amount of bus gate and bus lane fines in both Edinburgh and Aberdeen in 2013.

Drivers complained that the changes weren't widely shown, and many assumed that the gate was a temporary measure enforced during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In 2013, Aberdeen City Council received £896,000 in bus fines whilst Edinburgh City Council brought in £718,000. In contrast, Glasgow City Council received £3,283,776 in fines.