Cameras will begin enforcing restrictions prohibiting most drivers from using bus lanes and bus gates in the town from 30 June.
Swindon Borough Council has five cameras which will be moved between the 19 bus lanes and 24 bus gates across the borough.
Right, the bus gate on Torun Way, Haydon Way, North Swindon
The first warning signs are now being put up to alert drivers to the cameras. The decision to introduce bus lane and bus gate enforcement was made by the council’s cabinet at its meeting in March 2013. Approximately 30 councils across the UK already use camera enforcement in bus lanes.
Unauthorised drivers caught either driving or parking in bus lanes, or driving through bus gates, will receive the nationally agreed fixed penalty charge of £60, with a discount to £30 if paid within 14 days or an increase to £90 if not paid within 28 days.
The cameras will recognise vehicles by using automatic number plate recognition technology, with the registration numbers of exempt vehicles logged within the system. These will include Thamesdown and Stagecoach buses, emergency police, fire and ambulance vehicles, the council’s Homeline emergency response vehicles, and Network Rail emergency vehicles. Taxis and motorcycles will also be able to use bus lanes as they do now, but will not be able to use bus gates.
Swindon Borough Council Leader Cllr David Renard said: “We know that most drivers respect bus gates and bus lanes, but a minority do not, and this has led to residents in some areas asking us to do more to prevent misuse.
“Many councils around the country now use this technology to keep public transport moving efficiently and to act as an effective deterrent to people who might be tempted to use or park in bus lanes, or go through bus gates.
”We will monitor the way the scheme is working and will review it in six months’ time to see what changes, if any, might need to be made.”
There will be no camera enforcement in bus lanes or at bus gates where appropriate signs and markings have yet to be installed.