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Councils pocket £41m from bus lane fines

Councils made £41m from bus lane fines in 2017, according to new research that finds nearly half of drivers are confused over bus lane signage.

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Councils pocketed £41m from bus lane fines in 2017

A Freedom of Information request carried out by Confused.com among local authorities found that 888,760 drivers were fine last year. Scotland saw the highest number of drivers caught in the act, with Glasgow City Council and Aberdeen City Council issuing fines to 145,408 drivers in total, equating to £7.6m. However, the most profitable bus lane is on Oxford high street, which cost drivers £1,488,120 in 2017.

The research also found that almost half (49%) of motorists who have driven in a bus lane were confused and did so unknowingly – with two in five (41%) blaming unclear road markings or signage.

In response, Confused.com has launched a guide on how to spot a bus lane and avoid getting a fine. For more details, click here.

 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.