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Top 10 Birmingham bus lane fine hotspots revealed

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The top 10 list of Birmingham hotspots where drivers have been caught in bus lanes has been revealed.

Birmingham City Council released the figures in response to a Freedom of Information Request.

It shows the top 10 locations where cameras picked up drivers in bus lanes for the 2018/19 year after the council previously revealed it made a total of £2.1 million from 70,430 fines issued.

A total of 9,744 penalty charge notices (PCNs) were handed out to drivers using St Martin’s Queensway under the Bullring in the city centre which is open only to buses, bicycles and taxis. That means an average of 27 drivers were caught out per day.

Next up was Corporation Street in the city centre, with 9,109 fines handed out. Part of the road is closed to all traffic except trams.

Bordesley Green East near the entrance to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital at Little Bromwich saw 6,026 drivers caught out by the bus lane which takes up the left hand side of the road heading west.

A total of 5,186 drivers travelling out from the centre were caught on Lichfield Road at the junction with Grosvenor Road in Ashted.

Further south on Lichfield Road, where it meets Rocky Lane, 4,980 fines were handed out to drivers.

Drivers travelling east on Bordesley Green East from Station Road at Stechford were issued 4,282 fines.

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Further west on Bordesley Green East at Eastfield Road in Little Bromwich, 4,070 fines were handed out.

At Bull Street in the city centre, which is in places closed off to all vehicles except trams, 3,585 fines were issued.

Elsewhere in the city centre, 3,514 fines were handed out after drivers strayed onto The Priory Queensway southbound, which is closed to all traffic except buses, taxis and bicycles.

Finally, 3,262 drivers were caught out after going into the bus lane while driving north on Pershore Road between Pebble Mill Road and Priory Road in Moor Green.

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These 10 locations accounted for three quarters of the fines handed out that year.

Birmingham City Council states on its website: “The fine for driving in a bus lane or bus only street is £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) being issued. You will not receive points on your license.

“Money the council receives from bus lane fines pays for the cost of enforcement.

“This includes: the camera system; maintenance of bus lane signs and lines; printing and postage to issue PCNs; staff to check and process PCNs and appeals.

“Any money left over must be used to improve public transport and roads.”

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