Motorists warned about new restrictions in South Tyneside

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DRIVERS in South Tyneside are being warned about bus lane restrictions which could see them fined £60.

South Tyneside Council is now introducing semi-fixed CCTV cameras to enforce bus lanes in the borough, which have previously been enforced using a manned CCTV vehicle.

Bus lanes were introduced to reduce the number of pedestrian casualties and improve bus services in South Shields town centre.

Bus drivers are reporting up to 40 motorists an hour driving in bus lanes illegally, which is delaying services.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “It has always been illegal to drive in the bus lanes during the restricted times, we are just introducing a new method of enforcement.

“The CCTV vehicle is being used increasingly to improve road safety outside our schools, which is one of our key priorities.

“We will be using two semi-fixed cameras, meaning they can be rotated on a three-monthly basis around five different locations.”

Motorists caught using the lanes illegally will face a £60 fine, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport, added: “Bus drivers are reporting problems on bus lanes in Fowler Street and Keppel Street which is delaying their services, particularly during peak times such as rush hour.

“We’re confident that the new cameras will improve bus services’ reliability as well as generally improving road safety in the area.”

The cameras will be installed next spring.

The cost of the two cameras is being funded through the Local Transport Plan.

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