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Bus Lane Fines

Amelia Scholey, Brand and Content Specialist
Monday, 21 March 2022
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Which councils are handing out the biggest bus lane fines?

The number of bus lane cameras is on the rise, leading to an increasing number of fines dished out to motorists caught driving in these lanes. At Moneybarn, we wanted to investigate which UK cities give out the most and the biggest penalties for bus lane violations.

By issuing freedom of information requests, we have been able to record the data on bus lane Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for over 50 UK councils. From this we’ve broken down the number of fines issued and the total income pulled in from these fines over the 2020/21 financial year.

Councils that have issued the most bus lane fines

Fines one Manchester
Fines two Bristol
Fines three Glasgow
Fines four Birmingham
Fines five Lambeth

1. Manchester – 116,862 fines

Manchester issued the greatest number of bus lane fines with a total of 116,862, accounting for over £3.7 million in income. Manchester has a relatively comprehensive public transport network which may explain the high number of bus fines, as residents rely heavily on trains, buses, and trams, and proper functioning of these is crucial to the city. While the council pulls in almost £4 million in bus lane fines, residents in Manchester make an average weekly income of £497.20.

2. Bristol – 103,465 fines

Home of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol ranks second for most bus lane fines issued, with a whopping 103,465. The fines have generated over £2 million in income for Bristol council. Buses are the main form of public transport in Bristol and are therefore important in the day-to-day running of the city. On top of this large number of bus lane fines, motorists in Bristol can also attract charges should their vehicles be older and more polluting, as a clean air zone will be introduced in the city this year.

3. Glasgow – 65,686 fines

Completing our top three is Glasgow with 65,686 fines bringing in a total of £2,171,400 in income. Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland and has recently committed to a Zero-Emission Bus Challenge. Bus operator First Bus is set to introduce 74 fully electric and zero-emission vehicles, scheduled to be introduced in the spring of 2024. Residents in Glasgow make around £552.60 per week.

4. Birmingham – 64,325 fines

Birmingham residents make an average weekly income of £531.80 and Birmingham council issue the fourth-highest volume of bus lane PCNs. Having issued 64,325 fines Birmingham council had an income of over £2 million from PCNs. Birmingham motorists not only receive one of the highest numbers of bus lane PCNs in the country but could be fined up to £1,000 for flashing other drivers due to recent Highway Code updates.

5. Lambeth – 46,609 fines

The London borough of Lambeth rounds off our top five for councils that issued the most fines, coming in at 46,609 fines which generated £2.7 million in income for Lambeth council. Despite such a high number of fines issued for bus lane violations, recent evidence suggests London councils are failing to charge drivers for unnecessary idling, which causes traffic pollution, where just 0.1% of idling drivers are fined in central London.

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Councils earning the biggest incomes from bus lane fines

Revenue one Manchester
Revenue two Barnet
Revenue three Lambeth
Revenue four Glasgow
Revenue five Birmingham

1. Manchester – £3,701,458

At number one for a second time on our list is Manchester, with the highest income from bus lane fines out of the 51 cities studied. Over £3.7 million was generated from bus lane PCNs in Manchester over the last financial year. Residents in Manchester make an estimated average of £497.20 a week.

2. Barnet – £2,991,690

Barnet, a Northern London borough, raked in almost £3 million in income from bus lane fines in the 2020/21 financial year, making them the second-highest on our list for most income generated from bus lane PCNs. According to their website, Barnet council have issued a total of 80,505 bus lane penalty charge notices since 2015. The average weekly income in Barnet is £705.10.

3. Lambeth – £2,737,178

Rounding off our top three for councils who made the largest income from bus lane violations is Lambeth council. From 46,609 fines, Lambeth council, located in the south of London, earned a total income of £2.7 million. The residents of the London borough of Lambeth pull in an average of £789.00 per week.

4. Glasgow – £2,171,400

Glasgow council generated an income of £2.1 million in the 2020/21 financial year from over 65,000 bus lane penalty charge notices. In addition to the zero bus emission challenge, Glasgow city is introducing a Low Emission Zone where certain cars will be banned from diving in the city centre due to their emissions.

5. Birmingham – £2,134,051

Birmingham council have pulled in an income of just over £2 million from bus lane violations in the city, issuing over 64,000 bus lane PCNs in the 2020/21 financial year. On the other hand, they issued just 224 fines for speeding in 20mph zones, according to recent reports.

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Methodology

Data for income and number of fines were recorded using Freedom of Information requests. Of the 81 councils we contacted, we received 51 full replies. Data was recorded over the 2020/21 financial year. Data for Average Regional Weekly Income (£) was taken from the Office for National Statistics.

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Which councils are handing out the biggest bus lane fines?

The number of bus lane cameras is on the rise, leading to an increasing number of fines dished out to motorists caught driving in these lanes. At Moneybarn, we wanted to investigate which UK cities give out the most and the biggest penalties for bus lane violations.

By issuing freedom of information requests, we have been able to record the data on bus lane Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for over 50 UK councils. From this we’ve broken down the number of fines issued and the total income pulled in from these fines over the 2020/21 financial year.

Councils that have issued the most bus lane fines

Fines one Manchester
Fines two Bristol
Fines three Glasgow
Fines four Birmingham
Fines five Lambeth

1. Manchester – £3,701,458

At number one for a second time on our list is Manchester, with the highest income from bus lane fines out of the 51 cities studied. Over £3.7 million was generated from bus lane PCNs in Manchester over the last financial year. Residents in Manchester make an estimated average of £497.20 a week.

2. Barnet – £2,991,690

Barnet, a Northern London borough, raked in almost £3 million in income from bus lane fines in the 2020/21 financial year, making them the second-highest on our list for most income generated from bus lane PCNs. According to their website, Barnet council have issued a total of 80,505 bus lane penalty charge notices since 2015. The average weekly income in Barnet is £705.10.

3. Lambeth – £2,737,178

Rounding off our top three for councils who made the largest income from bus lane violations is Lambeth council. From 46,609 fines, Lambeth council, located in the south of London, earned a total income of £2.7 million. The residents of the London borough of Lambeth pull in an average of £789.00 per week.

4. Glasgow – £2,171,400

Glasgow council generated an income of £2.1 million in the 2020/21 financial year from over 65,000 bus lane penalty charge notices. In addition to the zero bus emission challenge, Glasgow city is introducing a Low Emission Zone where certain cars will be banned from diving in the city centre due to their emissions.

5. Birmingham – £2,134,051

Birmingham council have pulled in an income of just over £2 million from bus lane violations in the city, issuing over 64,000 bus lane PCNs in the 2020/21 financial year. On the other hand, they issued just 224 fines for speeding in 20mph zones, according to recent reports.

Councils earning the biggest incomes from bus lane fines

Revenue one Manchester
Revenue two Barnet
Revenue three Lambeth
Revenue four Glasgow
Revenue five Birmingham

1. Manchester – £3,701,458

At number one for a second time on our list is Manchester, with the highest income from bus lane fines out of the 51 cities studied. Over £3.7 million was generated from bus lane PCNs in Manchester over the last financial year. Residents in Manchester make an estimated average of £497.20 a week.

2. Barnet – £2,991,690

Barnet, a Northern London borough, raked in almost £3 million in income from bus lane fines in the 2020/21 financial year, making them the second-highest on our list for most income generated from bus lane PCNs. According to their website, Barnet council have issued a total of 80,505 bus lane penalty charge notices since 2015. The average weekly income in Barnet is £705.10.

3. Lambeth – £2,737,178

Rounding off our top three for councils who made the largest income from bus lane violations is Lambeth council. From 46,609 fines, Lambeth council, located in the south of London, earned a total income of £2.7 million. The residents of the London borough of Lambeth pull in an average of £789.00 per week.

4. Glasgow – £2,171,400

Glasgow council generated an income of £2.1 million in the 2020/21 financial year from over 65,000 bus lane penalty charge notices. In addition to the zero bus emission challenge, Glasgow city is introducing a Low Emission Zone where certain cars will be banned from diving in the city centre due to their emissions.

5. Birmingham – £2,134,051

Birmingham council have pulled in an income of just over £2 million from bus lane violations in the city, issuing over 64,000 bus lane PCNs in the 2020/21 financial year. On the other hand, they issued just 224 fines for speeding in 20mph zones, according to recent reports.

Methodology

Data for income and number of fines were recorded using Freedom of Information requests. Of the 81 councils we contacted, we received 51 full replies. Data was recorded over the 2020/21 financial year. Data for Average Regional Weekly Income (£) was taken from the Office for National Statistics.

Amelia Scholey, Brand and Content Specialist
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