Drivers flouting a pedestrian zone in Wolverhampton city centre were hit with £50 on-the-spot fines under a police clampdown today.
Motorists who drove through the restricted area along Pipers Row, at the bottom of Queen Street, were given the penalties.
In just a 30 minute period this morning, police issued eight fines to drivers using the short section of road, which should only be used by bus and taxi drivers.
It follows complaints from bus and taxi drivers, as well as neighbouring businesses. The issue has now been adopted as a priority for officers patrolling the city centre.
Pc Lee Hayward said: “Due to further complaints from bus and taxi drivers and local businesses we will continue to adopt a zero tolerance approach to traffic violations in the city centre."
Wolverhampton Police took to Twitter after the operation to warn drivers:
We have a zero tolerance approach to driving in pedestrian areas. This morning in the city centre we have issued 8 tkts inc. £50 fines.— Wolverhampton Police (@wolvespolice) September 17, 2013