Drivers paid nearly £60m in bus lane fines in 2019

Two million bus lane fines were issued by more than 800 cameras across the UK in 2019, resulting in £59.6 million being handed over by motorists

Bus lane sign

Drivers in the UK paid £59.6 million in bus lane fines in 2019, after two million Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued from more than 800 cameras.

The data, which was acquired by Confused.com via a Freedom of Information investigation, revealed that the local authority in Manchester issued the highest number of PCNs - 241,924 - and brought in the most revenue - £4,827,145.

Glasgow was second, issuing 115,534 fines and collecting £3,412,628. Birmingham issued the third-highest number of PCNs - 108,841 - but the third-highest revenue was collected by Lambeth, which brought in £2,980,604.

With the data split by regions, London unsurprisingly had the highest revenue, making £14,688,256 from 301,651 PCNs. The North-West was second with £9,123,916 from 390,831 fines, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber with £6,225,241 from 191,999 PCNs.

Region

PCNs issued 2019Revenue generated 2019
London                  301,651£14,688,255.96
North-West                  390,831£9,123,915.81
Yorkshire and The Humber                  191,999£6,225,240.74
West Midlands                  246,404£5,573,767.20
East of England                  165,893£5,565,717.26
Scotland                  189,025£5,474,029.56
South-East                  163,990£3,617,787.51
South-West                  122,937£3,486,179.22
East Midlands                    94,036£2,539,714.53
Wales                    75,927£2,387,340.00
Northern Ireland                    11,371£537,008.13
North-East                    25,716£404,684.60

Confused.com also surveyed 2,000 UK drivers, of whom 28 per cent said they had received a bus lane fine at some point in the past. Of those, 36 per cent appealed their fine, with a success rate of 74 per cent.

Of the drivers that received a fine, 38 per cent blamed unclear signage and 31 per cent unclear road markings. Some 18 per cent even went as far as to say they felt their fine was issued to raise money more than anything else.

Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com, commented: “Nearly £60m issued in bus lane fines in 2019 is testament to the fact that bus lanes may be one of the most confusing challenges motorists face on UK roads.

“Clearly drivers want change to avoid receiving a fine for a genuine mistake. It’s only right that some of the money from PCNs is invested back into solutions, such as clearer signage and exemptions for first-time offenders.”

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