Bus Lanes are created by Traffic Regulation Orders using powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. A bus lane is defined in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions as a traffic lane reserved for buses (and pedal cycles and taxis where indicated by the signs).
Gloucestershire County Council is an approved local authority under The Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) Order 2005 for the purposes of S.144 of the Transport Act 2000 (civil penalties for bus lane contraventions). The cameras and recording system used have been approved under The Bus Lanes (Approved Devices) (England) Order 2005.
Bus lanes are separate to other lanes for general traffic on the highway, so their boundaries are marked with a solid white line and the words 'bus lane', which appear on the ground along each lane. Signs are in place prior to the start of the bus lane to warn motorists on their approach and enable them to change lanes as appropriate.
A bus only street or road is just that, i.e. a street or road which only buses are permitted to use. They are clearly marked on the ground at the entrance to the street or the road, along with signs showing permitted vehicles (and times of operation if applicable).
Regulations for signing of bus only streets are detailed in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD).
The benefits of bus lanes are that they increase bus service reliability and therefore Improve bus passenger journey times; encourage use of public transport - this supports an ongoing commitment to increase the use of public transport and reduce traffic pollution and congestion. Increase safety for certain vehicles and pedestrians.
If you are caught driving in a bus lane, you can expect to receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) addressed to the registered keeper of the vehicle concerned. It will contain details of the alleged contravention, details of the vehicle and photographs that in the Authority's opinion establish the contravention. The PCN is also referred to as a Notice to Owner (NTO)
Although the Penalty Charge is £60, payable by no later than 28 days beginning with the Date of Service of the notice, Gloucestershire County Council will accept a reduced sum of £30 if it receives payment within 14 days beginning with the Date of Service. Details of how to pay are shown on the front of the Notice (NTO). Payment of the entire applicable charge amount must be received in the stated time frame, to avoid the case status escalating or an increase in the charge balance.
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For further information about the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, please visit their website:- www.trafficpenaltytribunal.gov.uk.