Birmingham Bus Blunders
Birmingham council have been forced to replace and improve many bus lane enforcement signs after they were found to be confusing and inadequate.
The blunder resulted in 18000 motoring fines be reviewed after Birmingham city centre was first introduced to bus lane enforcement.
After swathes of complaints an independent adjudicator found the signs lawful but inadequate in February.
The council raised their hands in the air admitting mistakes were made and are reportedly close to completing the review process of fines. During that period however the authority managed to rake in a staggering 1.7million in fines from ten bus lanes.
Cllr Tahir Ali cabinet member for development transport and the economy said: We have listened to the adjudicator and not only carried out his recommendations but put even more signs up to make sure drivers can understand them and not contravene the bus lanes.
I am now happy that the signage goes beyond what is required and we have noticed that fewer drivers are encroaching on bus lanes so will begin to enforce the bus lane regulations again.
I would also add that its important that people realise why were doing this. If motorists adhere to bus lanes and the majority do they help ease the citys congestion problems encourage use of public transport and lower the citys pollution levels.
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