New bus gate in force

Ranelagh Street Bus Gate westbound at Great Charlotte Street will be operational from Monday 5th September 2022. Find out more about bus lane and gate locations.

Bus lane enforcement

Bus lane enforcement is part of a programme of measures to reduce congestion and pollution, and to improve the reliability and punctuality of public transport.

What this means for drivers

It is a road traffic offence to drive in any bus lane within the prohibited hours (these are shown on a plate below the sign at the bus lane entrance).  Where no hours are shown on the signs, then traffic is prohibited from using the bus lane 24 hours a day.

You may be fined if caught using bus lanes within prohibited hours. Drivers who ignore bus lane signs increase congestion and cause delays for public transport users. Find out more about vehicles which can use bus lanes.


If you are caught entering, stopping or driving in bus lanes during prohibited hours, you will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for £70 which must be paid within 28 days of issue. This is reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

The council can issue fines using camera evidence.  The police can issue fines, but motorists will not be fined by the council and police for the same offence.