3 August 2010

Bus lane consultation begins

A consultation to consider the introduction of decriminalised enforcement of bus lane offences by cameras is now underway.

Following a request from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen councils, the Scottish Government has agreed to consult on the extension of powers to local authorities, currently operating decriminalised parking enforcement, to enforce bus lane offences by camera.

These new powers, which would be in addition to current police enforcement, would allow local authorities to better manage the flow of public transport and improve the quality of bus services in their areas.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to improving public transport to help more people make the switch from private car to more sustainable, greener modes of transport.

“We would encourage all those with an interest to respond to this consultation.”

The consultation is open to all members of the public who may be affected by the scheme and can be accessed online or can be requested from Iain Gardiner, Bus, Road Safety and Local Roads Policy Division, Area 2-F, Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.
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