Rogue drivers caught using Newcastle bus lanes will face new fines as cameras target Tyneside’s busiest roads. CCTV cameras costing £80,000 will pick up motorists by their number plates and anyone straying into the wrong carriageway could be served with a £60 fine.
The scheme, being rolled out later this year, is part of a city-wide project to introduce standardised bus lanes, which will be enforced by the council and not the police. This means heavy goods vehicles will be banned from every existing no car lane in the city, except a few roads reserved for shop access around Barras Bridge and Percy Street.
Craig Mordue, the council’s manager for Parking Services, said the plan would help deal with congestion and ensure the money recouped from fines was spent locally rather than being lost to the Treasury.