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Councils earn up to £8m from bus lane fines, finds comparethemarket.com

Councils earn up to £8m from bus lane fines, finds comparethemarket.com
Motorists have been urged to take precautions to avoid fines after research found councils last year received up to £8 million from people driving in bus lanes last year.

Research by comparethemarket.com into which local authorities handed out the most penalty charge notices (PCNs) to motorists using bus lanes found – outside London - Manchester City Council topped the list, receiving £8.39m from 388,213 PCNs.

Glasgow City Council (89,658 PCNs/£2.87m) and Coventry City Council (86,414/£2.74m) were next.

Many councils now use CCTV to detect drivers using bus lanes, with the average cost of a PCN being £60.

Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance at comparethemarket.com, said: “Being caught out from driving in bus lanes can happen to the best of us, especially if you are driving in an unfamiliar part of a city or town.

“However, with cameras monitoring the roads more and more, it is essential to take extra precautions.

“As the Government lockdown continues to ease and drivers continue to increase their mileage, we urge motorists to refresh themselves of the rules of the roads to avoid any unwanted fines.”

He added: “If you have received a fine and you believe it is in error, it is possible to contest a penalty charge notice (PCN). However, keep in mind that if you don’t pay the fine within 14 days, the rate usually doubles.” 

Rank

Town/city

Number of PCNs issued

Money received

1

Manchester

388,213

£8,389,610

2

Glasgow

89,658

£2,874,720

3

Coventry

86,414

£2,738,309

4

Reading

71,693

£2,176,571

5

Nottingham

74,275

£2,122,118

6

Birmingham

70,430

£2,065,736

7

Cardiff

76,651

£1,856,146

8

Brighton and Hove

75,029

£1,846,643

9

Bristol

64,035

£1,822,046

10

Cambridge

74,224

£1,821,213

 

Out of all UK cities, the most fines were handed out in London in the last year. Lambeth Borough Council issued 41,628 bus lane PCNs in the last year, which generated £2.7 million in income. This was followed by Ealing (£1.82m), Kingston upon Thames (£1.65m) and Camden (£1.33m).

Rank

Borough

Number of PCNs issued

Money received

1

Lambeth

41,628

£2,731,832

2

Ealing

33,713

£1,822,268

3

Kingston upon Thames

23,981

£1,650,300

4

Camden

20,452

£1,334,470

5

Merton

21,014

£1,285,373

6

Hammersmith and Fulham

20,495

£1,235,014

7

Barking and Dagenham

20,665

£1,035,734

8

Bromley

16,607

£979,000

9

Haringey

16,819

£882,711

10

Enfield

10,111

£768,857

  *Article Source www. comparethemarket.com