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. Originally our focus was to enforce the core city bus corridors, however in a programme of expansion we are seeking to enforce bus lanes along strategic routes in and out of the city centre. We use CCTV cameras to identify vehicles and post out warning letters or fines.

Drivers who ignore bus lane signs increase congestion and cause delays for public transport users.

Vehicles which can use bus lanes

  • Buses.    
  • Taxis (both Hackney and private hire). The licence plate must be displayed to drive within bus lanes.    
  • Cyclists.    
  • Coaches.


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 £60 which must be paid within 28 days of issue. This is reduced to £30 if paid within 14 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.