Bus lane enforcement
We're currently taking measures to enforce bus lanes / gates to deter unauthorised use.
We've started to enforce the following already:
- Bus Gate (Between Birchwood Way and Ordnance Avenue) 24 hours - Buses only
- Knutsford Road (Leading to Bridge Foot) - Buses/Taxi/Private Hire/Cyclists only
- Lower Bridge Street (Access to Bridge Foot) – Buses/Taxi/Private Hire/Cyclists only.
We'll be enforcing the bus lanes / bus gate via installation and use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras (ANPR).
How does it work?
There'll be an exclusion list of vehicles, identified by their vehicle registration numbers (VRN’s), which are permitted to use the Bus Gate/Lane, i.e. buses and emergency services’ vehicles only. Any non-permitted vehicle using a bus lane / gate will be fined with ANPR cameras recording the infringement and a PCN (Penalty Charge Notice) will then be issued.
How the penalty system works?
A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £60 will be raised and sent in the post, in accordance with DfT guidelines. In order to encourage prompt payment, penalties paid within 14 days will be subject to 50% discount i.e. £30. Any ticket served and not paid before the end of the ‘relevant period’ (i.e. 28 days) will be subject to an extra charge of 50% (£90).
Is there an appeals process?
Absolutely! We're a member of the Bus Lane Adjudication Service Joint Committee (BLASJC), whose Traffic Penalty Tribunal acts as an independent appeals body. You can start the process of challenging your fine by completing our online form.
What about taxis and certain other vehicles e.g. motorbikes?
Restrictions are dependent upon the location with signage stating which types of vehicles are permitted to use the bus lane.
Are there certain days when bus lanes are not in use?
All bus lanes in Warrington are signposted to highlight restrictions. They explain if and when motorists are allowed to use the bus lane and each individual bus lane has its own restrictions. They're monitored with the use of CCTV cameras and if a motorist violates a restriction, then a PCN may be issued. Restrictions apply on all public and bank holidays.
Other councils are removing bus lanes. Why is Warrington introducing them? What are the benefits?
The bus lane offers speedier travel for bus users and improves service reliability as well as making buses a more attractive proposition for people to use. Bus lanes also reduce congestion as more passengers means fewer people on the road. They're also like a fixed tram system at a fraction of the cost.
Bus lanes would also encourage sustainable travel choices for assisting economic growth, reducing congestion, cutting carbon emissions, improving health as well as improving accessibility to key services and amenities.
What’s the legal basis?
The Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) (Amendment) (No. 8) Order 2006 (SI No.2006/3419) enables us to enforce bus lane contraventions and as such, we're an approved local authority for the purposes of section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 (civil penalties for bus lane contraventions).
Who will manage enforcement?
Our parking services contractor, NSL, who are market leaders in enforcement, will manage all enforcement. NSL already manages enforcement for 21 London boroughs and 18 transport authorities in England.
How will the new restrictions be publicised?
Through local signage, advertisements, warning signs and road markings.