From September 2018 Doncaster Council has operated a bus lane/ bus gate enforcement scheme to improve public transport reliability, journey times and to encourage sustainable travel.
Up until now, we largely relied on a combination of voluntary driver compliance and Police enforcement to dissuade drivers from contravening the bus lanes or bus gates. Increased enforcement is designed to change the behaviour of those drivers who choose to use bus lanes and bus gates illegally, keeping them available for their intended use. It also helps to maintain safer routes for pedestrians.
We have installed six automatic number plate recognition fixed cameras on
- North Bridge Road
- Cleveland Street
- Booth Ave, outside The Dome
- York Road, outside Morrisons
Vehicles using bus lanes to gain advantage over queuing traffic, or ignoring bus gates to enter restricted areas as shortcuts, are breaking the law and causing disruption to vehicles making legitimate use of the facilities.
The restrictions will apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The following vehicles are permitted to use bus lanes –
- any bus or vehicle with seats to carry eight people excluding the driver
- liveried emergency service vehicles ( whilst on duty)
- Hackney carriage or licensed private hire vehicle. (whilst on duty)
We will write to you if we believe you have committed an offence. The penalty for contravening a bus lane/ gate is £60. Penalties can be reduced to £30 if they are paid within 14 days, and you also have the right to appeal if you don't agree with the penalty.
Any net income generated by the Penalty Charge Notices is ring-fenced in legislation to be spent on highway improvements, including provisions for public transport.
What is a bus lane/ Bus Gate?
A bus gate is a specific type of bus lane, namely a road or section of road along which only buses may pass, as opposed to a lane alongside of another general traffic lane. Drivers are expected to know and understand the nature of such restriction, which is referred to in the highway code traffic signs, and traffic signs manual
Why is Doncaster creating a scheme to enforce bus lanes?
Where are the bus lane/ gates located?
When will the bus lanes be enforced?
Who is allowed to use bus lanes?
What happens to the data that the camera captures?
What happens if I am caught driving in a bus lane by the cameras?
How much do I have to pay?
Can I view my contravention?
How do I challenge a bus lane Penalty Charge Notice?
What will happen if I ignore the bus lane Penalty Charge Notice and all correspondence sent out to me by the council?
What happens to the money collected by the Council from bus lane enforcement?
- RFFCI-2018-0069 Certificate of Installation - North Bridge - Doncaster
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- RFMCI-2018-0070 Certificate of Installation - Waterdale, Doncaster
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- RFMCI-2018-0071 Certificate of Installation - Cleveland Street, Doncaster
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