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New cameras to catch drivers in Surrey's bus lanes

New cameras to catch drivers in Surrey's bus lanes

Published by Josh Kerr with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Rebecca Curley at 3:39pm 31st October 2018. (Updated at 3:49pm 31st October 2018)

Cameras to enforce the use of Surrey's bus lanes are to be rolled out across the county after a successful pilot.

The council say a camera set up to catch drivers in bus lanes in Woking cut the number flouting the rules by a third.

It is thought the move will give boroughs more powers to enforce bus lanes and fine motorists driving in them, generating around £200,000.

Under the pilot camera enforcement in Woking High Street started in March, with Woking Borough Council saying that its introduction reduced the number of drivers ignoring bus lane rules from 120 a day to 40.

The cost of a fine for driving in bus lanes is £60, although reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Surrey County Councillors approved the move at their Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (30 October), although no camera enforcement will take place within a borough until it has been given the green light locally.

It will cost around £24,500 to install and maintain the cameras and signage need for the system, but the council estimates enforcement could generate around £200,000 across the county each year before costs.

Currently there are 13 existing bus lanes in Surrey with another four actively under consideration.

Welcoming the move, cllr Clare Curran said: “I’m a victim of having been in bus lanes at the wrong place at the wrong time and it has been costly.”

Most bus lanes are only operational for certain periods of the day. They may also permit certain groups to use the bus lane at prohibited times, such as hackney carriages, motorbikes and bikes.

If Local and Joint Committees agree, officers will carry out feasibility studies for other bus lanes as well as to continue keeping the camera on in Woking.

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