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Home / Latest News / Drivers have now paid more than £4m in bus lane fines in Cardiff

Drivers have now paid more than £4m in bus lane fines in Cardiff

The amount made by Cardiff’s seven bus lane cameras has now reached £4m.

Since the cameras were turned on in December 2014, there have been more than 138,000 drivers successfully caught and fined.

Of those, 108,423 have already paid their fines at either the £35 or £70 level. Figures released which are correct as of August 9, show that in July, the biggest grossing camera was Cardiff’s Custom House Street.

Four of the seven cameras clocked more than 1,000 drivers and a fifth recorded 999.

Crwys Road was again the lowest grossing camera.

The council had welcomed a fall in the number of fines being issued from a high of more than 12,000 in October to a low of 5,955 in March.

But since then the figures have yoyoed.

In April and May there were steady rises to 6,389 and 6,855 respectively with a fall recorded to 6,080 in June.

The council have released their latest bus lane fines
The council have released their latest bus lane fines

But in July, it has gone up again to 7,103 drivers.

There have been falls in drivers caught by cameras trained on yellow box junctions and the council’s adapted camera cars in July.

June was however the second highest month for fines issued by the council’s camera car since it began fining in September, with 419 drivers fined.

The yellow box cameras fined the third lowest level in July, with just 54 cameras caught.

Both schemes have added £80,000 each to the council’s pot.

The authority say that the scheme isn’t about making money but about “changing drivers’ behaviour”.

They say that the fines are all invested in road schemes and the money is ringfenced to road improvement schemes and the original cost of the scheme needs to be offset.

Cabinet member Ramesh Patel said: “The scheme has been designed to improve drivers’ behaviour, to free up the bus lanes for public transport and keep Cardiff moving. If people didn’t breach the law the council wouldn’t make any income from this enforcement, so the message is simple – don’t break the law and you will not be fined.”

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