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Aberdeen prepares for bus lane enforcement
The countdown to the launch of bus lane enforcement in Aberdeen is on. Less than a month remains until the system, designed to improve traffic flow and journey times, goes live.
Eleven Cameras have been installed at strategic points across the city to detect those who flout the rules and drive in the bus lanes. The penalty for motorists driving illegally in bus lanes has been set at £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.
Preparatory works for the launch of the new system, which will be administered by Aberdeen City Council are being carried out and enforcement is due to begin at the end of March.
The only vehicles allowed to use the bus lanes are buses, taxis, licensed private hire cars, and bicycles. Road signs and markings tell drivers where and when the bus lanes are in operation.
The main objectives of civil bus lane enforcement in Aberdeen are to improve traffic flow, journey times, and encourage the use of public transport. Taxis and private hire vehicles can also use the bus lanes.
Aberdeen City Council, along with Glasgow and Edinburgh city councils, submitted a business case, which was approved by the Scottish Government, to gain authority to carry out the civil enforcement of bus lanes.