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Bus lane camera captures hundreds of offenders - but they're the lucky ones

Car driving through bus gate

More than 500 motorists have been caught ignoring the law by driving in a bus-only lane in Gateshead - in just three days.

The bus-only lane on South Shore Road between Sage Gateshead and the Baltic has been the subject of almost daily complaints about drivers ignoring the road signs to use it as an illegal rat run to get to and from Newcastle City Centre.

This week, after 20 years of motorists ignoring the restrictions, Gateshead Council switched on a bus-lane camera in an effort to deter motorists from breaking the law - and in the first three days of operation 529 motorists were captured ignoring the road restrictions.

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Above: the bus gate is clearly marked
However, they are the lucky ones. Anyone caught using the road over the initial few days will receive a written warning rather than the £60 penalty charge notice in the hope that the offending motorist gets the message and stops breaking the law. Anyone caught after that period will be issued with a £60 penalty charge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "The number of warnings we are issuing shows the sheer scale of the offending taking place at this location.

"Nobody using this stretch of road can be in any doubt that they are not permitted to use it - there's clear signage on both sides of the road, it's painted on the road itself, on the approach roads, and we even altered the road surface and installed a chicane to draw people's attention to this bus gate.

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Above: road signs warns motorists of the restrictions
"Those who have been caught so far should consider themselves extremely fortunate that they have only got a letter- and change their behaviour immediately otherwise they will be fined from next week. "

The short bus lane on South Shore Road - called a  bus gate - is only the fourth bus-only lane in Gateshead to be given a CCTV camera to discourage motorists from ignoring the law. The council decided in 2016 to invest in bus lane cameras after repeated complaints from the public, bus operators and Northumbria Police about motorists abusing bus lanes to avoid having to queue in traffic

Anyone caught by one of Gateshead's cameras is issued with a £60 penalty charge notice or, if they decline to pay, they can be taken to court.

Car driving through bus gate
06 December 2019

More than 500 motorists have been caught ignoring the law by driving in a bus-only lane in Gateshead - in just three days.

The bus-only lane on South Shore Road between Sage Gateshead and the Baltic has been the subject of almost daily complaints about drivers ignoring the road signs to use it as an illegal rat run to get to and from Newcastle City Centre.

This week, after 20 years of motorists ignoring the restrictions, Gateshead Council switched on a bus-lane camera in an effort to deter motorists from breaking the law - and in the first three days of operation 529 motorists were captured ignoring the road restrictions.

South Shore Road_01
Above: the bus gate is clearly marked
However, they are the lucky ones. Anyone caught using the road over the initial few days will receive a written warning rather than the £60 penalty charge notice in the hope that the offending motorist gets the message and stops breaking the law. Anyone caught after that period will be issued with a £60 penalty charge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "The number of warnings we are issuing shows the sheer scale of the offending taking place at this location.

"Nobody using this stretch of road can be in any doubt that they are not permitted to use it - there's clear signage on both sides of the road, it's painted on the road itself, on the approach roads, and we even altered the road surface and installed a chicane to draw people's attention to this bus gate.

South Shore Road_03
Above: road signs warns motorists of the restrictions
"Those who have been caught so far should consider themselves extremely fortunate that they have only got a letter- and change their behaviour immediately otherwise they will be fined from next week. "

The short bus lane on South Shore Road - called a  bus gate - is only the fourth bus-only lane in Gateshead to be given a CCTV camera to discourage motorists from ignoring the law. The council decided in 2016 to invest in bus lane cameras after repeated complaints from the public, bus operators and Northumbria Police about motorists abusing bus lanes to avoid having to queue in traffic

Anyone caught by one of Gateshead's cameras is issued with a £60 penalty charge notice or, if they decline to pay, they can be taken to court.

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