Drived fined £1800 after being caught 30 times in bus lane


A BUS lane bandit has been hit with £1800 in fines after being caught on camera in green lanes 30 times in two weeks.

The private hire driver was top of a list of 82 prolific offenders who were caught in Edinburgh’s Greenway bus lanes by new cameras.

Another private hire driver was caught 13 times in the two weeks since fines were enforced, meaning a £780 bill.

Private hire drivers are now complaining it is unfair black cabs can use the lanes while they are not.

But the council said it hoped targeting repeat offenders would reduce the number of people breaking the rules.

New figures released today (thur) show during the first six days of the scheme drivers were being fined once every two minutes in the biggest hotspot.

Cameras on Calder Road caught 2487 drivers in the first six days of the Greenway cameras.

In Willowbrae Road, whic had two cameras placed, 1709 were caught.

In London Road, one camera caught 397 drivers.

Among drivers fined five times or more, 64 were car drivers.

One was fined 64 times after being caught in a bus lane.

Nine were van drivers and another nine were private hire drivers.

Another six private hire drivers have been fines six times, and another one five times.


Discriminated against

Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) said: “This issue is being fought all over Britain.

“Private hire vehicles are taxis in the common language of English and in law.

“Private hire drivers are being discriminated against. It’s constraint of trade.”

Brian MacDowall, a spokesman for the Association of British Motorists,said: “[The figures] suggest serious flaws in the planning and layout.

“A longer grace period would have allowed road users to acclimatise to the new system.

“If motorists are being caught with that regularity, I would question whether the system is robust enough to leave no confusion.”

A spokeswoman for the council defended the scheme, saying: “These figures show that there are still drivers who persistently use bus lanes during prohibited times despite extensive publicity about the new enforcement regulations.

“Signs and lines clearly state when drivers should stay out of these lanes. Fining drivers who use these lanes will send out a clear message that these rules are there for good reasons, to cut congestion and pollution.”


  1. seems to be a little one sided espaecially when phc car drivers pay the same licencing fee to the local authority which points to the fact that we pay the same fee for lesser rights and standards, and when a customer calls for a taxi they get a private hire car or a taxi, they get either. discriminatory especially inlight of cost.
    west lothian council have also tied up legislation to the point where a taxi has to be of an approved type, which also denys the right of a private hire applicant to have the same type of vehicle as the list for the taxis, this is due to all the specified approved and constructed type of vehicles designed on the market being listed on the local authorities application form.
    must have been thought up by a taxi driver who has something against private hire cars.
    Maybe we should ask the customers whether they fancy sitting in congested traffic or suggesting they geta taxi instead, and maybe if it was just the case of mis interpretationof signeage, i would quite happily stick a sign on top of my car< as we are classed as taxis for joe bloggs on the street.

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