Cardiff Council and South Wales Police are about to launch a new CCTV enforcement scheme aimed at keeping some of the bus lanes around the city free of traffic.
The Bus Lane Enforcement scheme starts this Monday January 26 and is a joint initiative between Cardiff Council and South Wales Police.
As more and more passengers use buses to get round Cardiff, the main aim is to keep routes clear so services can run freely and on time.
Very often motorists just don’t think – many use Cardiff’s bus lanes as a quick short cut during rush hour, as a convenient parking space to get to the shops or as a temporary lorry and van unloading bay.
Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, Councillor Michael Michael (Enterprise and Transport) said: “This is not a money-making venture for either the council or the police, but a way of keeping public transport in Cardiff moving.
He added: “As more and more people opt to leave their cars at home and use public transport to get in and around the city, it’s imperative we give buses the freedom of clear bus lanes to be able to run efficiently and on time.
“I’m sure when the scheme is up and running passengers will notice a big improvement to their bus journeys.”
This Monday the Bus Lane Enforcement begins which means any motorists recorded using the bus lanes on CCTV camera might receive a warning letter from the police.
After a two week trial period the Bus Lane Enforcement will then go `live’ on February 9 and any driver using bus lanes illegally will receive a £30 fixed penalty notice.
Jeff Cooksley, South Wales Police Divisional Commander for Cardiff, said: “We would urge motorists to embrace the new scheme, as it will help to improve the way traffic is regulated and managed in the city.
He added: “In partnership with Cardiff Council, the early stages of the scheme will see warning letters issued to offenders; prosecution in the form of a £30 fixed penalty notice may be issued thereafter.
“This is not a money making venture, but an initiative designed to improve the public image of Cardiff in the long run.”
Alan Kreppel, Managing Director of Cardiff Bus, said: “We welcome the joint Cardiff Council and South Wales Police scheme to enforce restrictions on the use of bus lanes.
He explained: “This measure will ensure that buses are not impeded by illegally parked cars and that the flow of traffic is not held up by people illegally using bus lanes and adding to the problem of congestion.”