A new video shows how motorists were seen breaching a Derby town center road restriction after apparently failing to see warning signs.
The film shows ten drivers appearing to illegally enter the Corporation Street bus lane in the space of just 30 minutes.
Currently, the road is permitted to be used for cyclists, buses and taxis only between 7am and 7pm.
Any motorist breaking the restriction could be fined up to £100 due to cameras being installed in the area.
The video slows down when it appears that a vehicle – other than a cyclist, a bus or a taxi – enters the road. Filming took place earlier this week.
In December, it was reported that the council had become tougher on motorists breaking the Corporation Street restriction – so much so that thousands of motorists had been fined within weeks, earning the council £75,000.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service is trying to get an updated figure but has been asked to do so via a freedom of information request.
The video comes after a cyclist from Little Eaton raised concerns about signage in the area, saying signs warning people of the bus lane were ‘poor and misleading’.
The city council denied this, saying the signs “are clear and meet all regulatory guidelines”.
Derby City Council previously said the restriction was imposed to improve the environment and ‘create a better experience for everyone visiting the city centre’.
In response to the video, Derby City Council released the following statement.
He said: “The restriction on Corporation Street has been installed following a trial period of over six months, followed by a full public consultation exercise. The signage and road markings that have been implemented exceed the regulatory minimum requirement It is more than clear that the use of the route is restricted between the times specified.
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“Bringing this change to the city center means that drivers have to change their long-standing habits, and the Council has had a long period of trying to change driver behavior by sending letters, without penalty notices, in an attempt to educating drivers. We have also modified road signs and road markings on several occasions, since the start of the first experiment in the summer of 2020.
“The restriction and the manner in which it was signed has been tested by the Independent Traffic and Parking Penalty Tribunal, and the Council’s position and treatment of drivers has been fully supported. The restriction, signage and clarity for drivers all meet or exceed criteria applied by the court.
“The program has clear benefits for creating a downtown environment with reduced traffic, which benefits pedestrians, cyclists and reliable public transport. The program is part of the implementation of the government-funded Transforming Cities program and will be linked to changes to Albert Street and Victoria Street over the next 18 months.”
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