Outrage after figures show Glasgow issued over 100,000 bus lane fines last year


In just one year, Glasgow has issued British high-bus lane traffic offenders with hefty penalties.  In 2017 alone, over 108,000 drivers were slammed with bus lane fines. Speeding solicitors in Glasgow have also represented several motorists on lawsuits related to the same. In 2017/2018, Glasgow took an overall of £3.23 million, leading the number of fines recorded by the 40 local authorities spread across the country. The local city council at the city has also pointed out that the bus lane system was in full compliance with the relevant law. Conversely, the IAM-Institute of Advanced Motorists-has echoed the need for the local authorities to provide ideal signage to assist motorists. Under the current council regulations, motorists receive the fine when they are first apprehended in the bus gate or lane and issued with a £60 fee which is usually lowered to £30 if it is settled within 2 weeks.

A spokesman from the city has affirmed that the bus gate and lane signage comply with the relevant law. Bus lanes have also assisted Glasgow City Council to lower emissions and enhance the reliability of public transport services and journey times. The bus passenger number have continued to decrease in recent years but the local authorities are doing all they can to boost the essential form of public transport. According to Neil Greig, research and policy director from IAM has appointed that IAM RoadSmart is extremely disappointed that the city has continued to lead the specific league table. Although the Glasgow council has continued to express its commitment to provide clear signage to the leading money-making areas including Glassford Street and Nelson Mandela Place but drivers continue to get it wrong. Speeding solicitors have also continued to face an uphill task while explaining the new rules and regulations to new motorists who continue to see expert advice. Lorries, vans, and cars using the lanes cause safety hitches and unnecessary delays and therefore there is a need to make the tickets few and self-explanatory.

According to Confused.com, a reputed comparison site which analysed the data, nearly 45 % of motorists in Scotland committed the bus lane offences because they were not aware. The data also showed that nearly 31 % of Scottish drivers suggested that the collected fines should be invested in improving the bus lane signage. The survey indicated that only 17 % of drivers did not have to meet the charges after refuting the fines. Over 25 % British drivers who had used bus lanes admitted that they chose to do so to avoid traffic jam and they were aware of the fines. According to Richard Freeman, one of the top-rated speeding solicitors in the country, the level of fines issued in Glasgow has continued to increase though most of the driver uses the bus lanes unknowingly.