Transport issues in the Capital always tend to throw up different opinions. Throw in surveillance cameras and on-the-spot fines and you have a mix which guarantees division.
Have the city’s controversial bus lane cameras been a success? Well, like many things, it does depend entirely on what perspective you take.
If you are sitting on a bus in a Greenway sailing past queuing traffic, then you might be pretty pleased with how it’s all going.
However, there are plenty of motorists still fuming at the way they were fined – and with good cause.
Many will see any extension of the camera network as a cynical money-making exercise, but you can’t argue with the latest council figures.
The number of fines being issued as a result of the cameras is falling, suggesting drivers are learning to avoid the bus lanes.
That has to be a good thing. The bus lanes were created to make public transport more appealling and cut out needless car journeys – which benefits us all by cutting congestion and vehicle emissions which damage the environment.
There is little point in having the bus lanes but not policing them. But what is terribly important is that it is policed fairly.
The more the cameras are rolled out, the more resentment will build up among motorists unless the current rules are changed.
The glaring problem is that the council refuses to countenance any reason for crossing into the bus lanes, apart from avoiding an accident or lettting emergency services past.
Every day motorists find their way blocked by other cars waiting to turn right, and when there is a completely empty bus lane inside them it is only common sense to nip in and out of the Greenway to keep the traffic moving. But the city continues to fine everyone spotted doing just that. That’s not fair.