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Bus Lane Enforcement

Bus Lane Enforcement

Bedford Borough Council is taking responsibility for enforcing the correct use of bus lanes throughout the Borough.  Effective and efficient bus lane enforcement will allow the Council and its partners to achieve easier and more consistent journey times for buses and taxis through congested areas by allowing the free flow of authorised bus lane traffic. 

Improving the public transport network will also encourage commuters to choose more environmentally friendly forms of travel and thereby reduce CO2 emissions.

The Police are responsible for the enforcement of the majority of traffic regulations where vehicles are moving, such as speeding or other forms of dangerous driving. However, authorised by current legislation, Bedford Borough Council will enforce bus lane contraventions through the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)
 

There are nine bus lane areas in Bedford Borough; Greyfriars, Horne Lane, Ampthill Road, Kingsway, Bedford Road Kempston, The Highway Shortstown, Bedford Road Wilstead, Kempston Road Bedford and Greenkeepers Road Great Denham. The only additional vehicles permitted to use bus lanes are taxis and private hire vehicles, bicycles and motorbikes.

A mini bus is defined as a bus as long as it has a minimum of 10 seats including the driver.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport has said: “The Council has a responsibility to keep our roads safe for all, as well as trying to reduce congestion by encouraging more people to use public transport.

“All bus lanes in Bedford Borough are clearly signposted and include clear markings on the road itself. There is no excuse for not realising you are driving illegally in a bus lane and it is right that we will take action to keep our roads safe for the majority of law abiding road users.”

The enforcement of bus lanes will be carried out by a static approved camera, which can be moved between bus lanes when needed. The camera takes a recording of any unauthorised vehicle using the bus lane and the evidence pack is then assessed by a civil enforcement officer to issue a postal penalty charge notice if necessary.

Further information regarding Bus Lane Enforcement and PCNs is available online at www.patrol-uk.info

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