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PRESCOTT TO CLAMP DOWN ON DRIVING IN BUS LANES

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Motorists who drive in bus lanes face losing their licences under tough new plans being drawn up by government to c...
Motorists who drive in bus lanes face losing their licences under tough new plans being drawn up by government to create a specific offence, which would carry penalty points, of driving in or obstructing a bus lane, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p7). Persistent

offenders would be fined up to£500 or face a prison sentence and first time offenders would be issued with fixed penalty tickets of£80.

Digital cameras would be trained on bus lanes to record the registration numbers of cars and the fixed penalty tickets would be issued automatically.

At present, enforcement varies across the country. In London, a first offence can carry a£20 fine. However, there have been problems carrying this out. Thousands of motorists caught in

London bus lanes in April this year escaped punishment when a legal loophole was discovered. Although five London boroughs issued penalty notices to 50,000 motorists caught in bus lanes on CCTV they were able to avoid payment after a legal challenge found that the councils had no legal right to enforce the fines.

The government will seek to close this loophole in new legislation.

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