Sheffield bus gate and lane penalties net council £944,000

Bus gate on Queens Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
Bus gate on Queens Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Motorists in Sheffield have been hit by almost £1 million in fines in less than a year for driving in bus lanes and through bus gates.

Sheffield Council has made £943,784 in fines from bus gate and lane enforcement.

The fines were collected by the authority through the use of CCTV cameras in 16 locations across the city including the Wicker, Glossop Road and Middlewood Road.

More than 40,000 fines were handed out to drivers between January and November 2015.

The figures have been obtained under The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign.

The Hillsborough Place bus lane on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough brought in the most money in fines last year – netting £140,125 from motorists.

The section of the road cannot be used by cars from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 7am and 11am and 3pm and 7pm.

But the bus lane and tram gates on the Wicker are the place where the highest number fines were issued – with more than 6,000 handed out over the 11 month period.

Income received from yearly fines has fallen compared to 2014 when the council raked in £1,409,216.

Earlier this year, taxi drivers in Sheffield were fined for driving in bus lanes despite being permitted to do so.

A technical glitch has been blamed after licensed taxi drivers were slapped with £60 fixed penalty notices from Sheffield Council for driving in bus lanes around the city.

Hafeas Rehman, chairman of Sheffield Taxi Trade Association, said he was aware of a driver getting more than 20 fines in eight months due to a technical issue.

He said: “Another couple of drivers have contacted me recently with similar issues.

“There are a number of reasons why it can happen, including licences expiring and it taking time for new information to come through, but sometimes the council has these technical issues.

“Luckily they can resolve it easily and the fines are overturned.”