Almost 900,000 bus lane penalties were issued to motorists in 2017


In 2017, local councils across the country issued 888,760 bus lane penalties to other road users. One road alone managed to rake in £1.4million in fine money for local authorities!£

Drivers up and down the country actually paid out £41.86 million last year for driving in bus lanes and just one city council alone handed out £6.5 million worth during this period.

According to new research, local authorities issued almost 900,000 bus lane fines in 2017 and the most heavily-fined road was Oxford High Street – generating £1.4 million in fines.

The council which handed out the most fines was Glasgow City Council, with 108,735 – raking in £6,524,100.

Almost 900,000 bus lane penalties were issued to motorists in 2017

Local councils rake in £42m from bus lane fines. © Copyright David Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Next was Cardiff Council on 79,907 – raising £5,593,490 by way of penalties, whilst third was Ealing Council who issued 23,970 fines and raised £3,116,100.

Most people would assume that Londoners will have paid out the most in bus lane fines but they’d be wrong, as it was motorists in Scotland who received the most penalties.

Together, Glasgow City Council and Aberdeen City Council caught 145,408 motorists which equated to £7.6 million in combined fines and 18% of the overall penalties handed out by the councils who shared their data.

The research was conducted following a Freedom of Information request by

The price comparison website also carried out a survey and found that 39% of drivers in the UK confessed to driving in a bus lane – 48% said they done so with their knowledge whilst 41% blamed poor signage or road markings.

Having said that, not all bus lane infringements were simply innocent mistakes, as 28% of motorists who confessed to driving in a bus lane said they’d done so knowingly.

From those found to be driving in a bus lane, 35% were issued with a fine, however 17% of them managed to challenge the fine with a successful outcome.

According to the data, 36% of motorists taking part in the survey would like bus lanes to be marked more clearly, whilst 41% believed that the money collected in fines should be spent doing just that.

Motoring editor at, Amanda Stretton, said bus lanes were “one of the most confusing challenges motorists face” on Britain’s “already chaotic roads”.

She also believes that motorists need “to be listened to”, claiming too that is was “only right that some of this fine money is invested to make bus lanes and signage clearer. While there is a place for driving fines, many feel bus lane charges are unfair and excessive, adding to the ream of costs burdening drivers.”


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