Lambeth Council has launched a new CCTV bus lane enforcement operation on several roads in Waterloo and North Lambeth. There are 11 new "pan-tilt-zoom" cameras across the borough that are supervised by council staff.
Fixed site cameras have also been installed by Transport for London on the roadsides of some of the principal bus lanes, and a further 23 important bus routes will be monitored by cameras installed on buses.
The operation will provide a means to enforce legislation that prohibits vehicles from driving in bus lanes. Controllers will observe traffic from the control centre at Blue Star House, Stockwell Road, and will issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to offending vehicles. PCNs will be issued by post to the vehicle's Registered Keeper, and will be accompanied by a photograph showing the vehicle in the bus lane.
The standard charge for a PCN is £100, though this is reduced to £50 if payment is made within 14 days. Facilities have been made available for any motorists wishing to query a PCN issued for their vehicle to view, by appointment, the actual recordings made at the time.
The cameras will operate initially from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.
"This initiative will benefit everyone who lives in, works in and travels through Lambeth," commented Councillor Andrew Sawdon, executive member for community safety, regeneration and transport. "Our aim is to increase the speed and reliability of buses within Lambeth, and to help those without a car to move about in the borough."