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Bus stop clearway camera enforcement to begin outside Leicester Station

Published on Friday, May 12, 2017

ENFORCEMENT cameras are due to be brought into use to tackle illegal parking or stopping outside Leicester Station.

Leicester City Council has approved the use of enforcement cameras to ensure that the mandatory bus stop clearway on a stretch of London Road near the station is kept clear of stationary cars.

The move is will see the first use of enforcement cameras at bus clearways and other mandatory ‘keep clear’ areas since the powers were approved by City Mayor Peter Soulsby last month.

The clearly-marked bus stop clearway outside Leicester Station is currently patrolled by civil enforcement officers, but will now be covered by 24-hour camera enforcement from June 2017. 

From December 2016 to March 2017, more than 2,500 contraventions were observed of motorists illegally stopping or parking in the bus stop clearway.

Now, fixed-position automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be used to enforce the bus stop clearway, which runs along a 110-metre stretch of London Road from the corner of Station Street to the corner of Conduit Street.

The bus stop clearway will be clearly marked as such, with large warning signs in place nearby on London Road, the junction with East Street and the junction with Station Street.

Only buses and Hackney cabs will be able to stop in the bus stop clearway.

The scheme is expected to cost about £45,000 to implement.

The move is a major upgrade of enforcement at the site. The current road markings and signs allowing only buses and Hackney carriages to stop there were put in place in November 2016, replacing the previous double yellow lines. 

It followed a fatal accident in July 2016 in which a passenger in a taxi which had stopped briefly on the double yellow lines opened a door, knocking passing cyclist Sam Boulton into the path of a moving van.

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, the city council can use mobile cameras to carry out enforcement of any bus stop clearways, zig-zag lines and other mandatory clearways anywhere in the city.

Use of civil enforcement officers will also continue alongside camera enforcement. 

Leicester City Council’s director of city highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “Residents have very clearly called on the city council to tackle dangerous and illegal parking, and the recent inquest into the tragic death of cyclist Sam Boulton outside Leicester Station brings home the importance of keeping this area free from vehicles stopping or parking.

“The problem currently is that Civil Enforcement Officers cannot be there 24/7, and often even when they do witness a car stopping, the motorist will drive off before they have time to issue a ticket.

“With round-the-clock camera enforcement, motorists who stop in this clearly-marked clearway will be caught on camera and issued with a fixed penalty notice.

“This will vastly increase our ability to improve safety, respond to people’s concerns and issue penalty notices to those motorists responsible.

Nottingham City Council currently carries out the back office functions for bus lane enforcement, such as processing penalty charge notices, on behalf of Leicester City Council.

This agreement will continue and will be varied to incorporate the additional enforcement work.   

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, drivers caught on CCTV camera in designated clearways will face fines of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.