New signage for bus lanes
Bus lane enforcement in Birmingham city centre began in September after a big awareness campaign over the summer. Unfortunately concerns were raised in November over multiple trigger points and a number of appeals were also made by individuals to the independent adjudicator.
In February the independent adjudicator confirmed that the majority of the signage was compliant and sufficiently visible but identified concerns at three sites.
Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for Development, Transport & the Economy at Birmingham City Council said: “We have listened to the adjudicator and not only carried out his recommendations but put even more signs up to make sure drivers can understand them and not contravene the bus lanes.
“I am now happy that the signage goes beyond what is required and we have noticed that fewer drivers are encroaching on bus lanes so will begin to enforce the bus lane regulations again.
“I would also add that it’s important that people realise why we’re doing this. If motorists adhere to bus lanes, and the majority do, they help ease the city’s congestion problems, encourage use of public transport and lower the city’s pollution levels.”