New bus lane fines as much as a day’s wages after shock increase

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BUS lane fines will be going up in areas outside London from 31st May drivers are being warned.

It's been pointed out that the new fine is as much as somebody's daily pay if they're earning the national minimum wage.

The fines, which are currently £60 as decided by Ministers, are going up by 17%.

That takes the new total to £70, which is a day's pay if you earn £9.50 every hour on the lower national minimum wage.

Ministers have been accused of 'declaring war on motorists' given the current cost of living crisis and soaring fuel prices.

Speaking to the Lord's, roads minister Baroness Vere delivered the unwelcome news.

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She said: “We are increasing bus lane penalties by £10 to align with contraventions of moving traffic and higher-level parking contraventions.”

The move has been widely criticised by motoring groups who feel the rising costs just keep coming.

President of the AA Edmund King said the price increase was on par with a day’s wages.

He added: “Bus lane fines are set to go up by more than twice the rate of already rampant inflation (seven percent).

“With finances for so many on a knife-edge, losing a day’s wages for mistakenly wandering into a bus lane could push many over the edge.”

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The Department for Transport said: "Robust traffic enforcement reduces congestion and deters unsafe drivers."

In London, where it's dealt with by Transport for London, bus lane fines are much higher, currently sitting at £160 or £80 if the fine is paid within two weeks.

A recent report stated that councils raked in £73.7million from bus lane fines between March 2020 and March 2021, of which £38.7million was profit. 

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