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20,000 drivers fined by this bus lane

Nearly 20,000 drivers have been fined for using bus lanes in Solihull over the last three years.

The borough council made more than £440,000 as huge numbers of motorists were caught out for entering three bus lanes around the town.

Most drivers were punished for flouting the rules on Poplar Road, with 12,055 caught out by cameras there since the start of 2019 – 11 every day on average.

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Another 3,681 were fined for entering the bus lane on Lode Lane.

Drivers also found themselves in hot water for using the bus lane on the Warwick Road Service Road, with 1,823 breaking the rules there.

The figures were released following a Freedom of Information request by Birmingham Live, showing a total of 19,982 people were fined, putting £442,000 into the council’s coffers.

Bu the authority said its “net position” at the end of the 2020/21 financial year was around £80,000 after taking into account the cost of operating and maintaining services.

Poplar Road is consistently the spot where motorists are most likely to be fined. Some 4,415 were caught on the key route to and from the town centre in 2021 after 6,552 in 2020 and 988 in 2019.

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Those who use bus lanes must stump up £30. If the amount is not paid within 14 days the charge doubles to £60.

Council highways boss Councillor Ken Hawkins said earlier this year he was baffled by the huge numbers being fined, particularly over the last 18 months when there has been less traffic on the road.

And he said in response to the latest figures: “Our bus lane on Lode Lane is clearly marked and the majority of drivers have no problem driving in the lane provided for all other motor vehicles.

“Our bus lane helps to give priority to users of the public transport network and ensures local services can keep to the published timetable. I would encourage all motorists to stay out of bus lanes and comply with the advice given in the Highway Code when driving on the streets in Solihull.”

It comes after a Birmingham Live investigation which revealed 25,000 drivers were fined in just five months for using a bus gate in Walsall sparked outrage.

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