Edinburgh fines 100 drivers a day using bus lanes

The plan to fine drivers is a controversial one. Picture: Dan Phillips

The plan to fine drivers is a controversial one. Picture: Dan Phillips

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EDINBURGH is issuing 100 fixed penalty fines a day to drivers who illegally drive in bus lanes.

The penalty notices were issued between April 23, 2012, and July 4 this year, new figures show, after bus lane cameras were launched in the Capital in March 2012.

The city has five mobile and two fixed devices with plans for ten more across key routes in the Capital.

Motorists are liable to pay £60 if filmed at sites where number plate recognition cameras have been installed, though the fine is reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

The scheme has faced criticism in the past for some of the fines which have been labelled bizarre and unfair.

Edinburgh was forced to write off almost 6000 penalty notices in May last year after an official review concluded one of the cameras had been poorly located.