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Camera enforcement begins outside station

Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CAMERA enforcement of a mandatory bus stop clearway outside Leicester Station has begun.

Over the last few weeks, fixed-position automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and warning signs have been installed to deter drivers from parking or stopping illegally outside Leicester Station.

From Tuesday, September 5, a 24-hour camera enforcement will be in place along 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.

Only buses and Hackney cabs can stop in the bus stop clearway. Private Hire taxis and other drivers caught on camera in the clearway will face fines of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

The camera enforcement scheme is being carried out under the Traffic Management Act 2004, and is costing about £45,000 to implement.

Large warning signs have been put in place nearby on London Road, the junction with East Street and the junction with Station Street.

The work follows a fatal accident in July 2016. Cyclist Sam Boulton was knocked into the path of a moving van when a passenger of a private hire vehicle that had stopped briefly on double yellow lines opened her door. 

The taxi driver involved was convicted and fined £300, with £625 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge. 

The taxi passenger who admitted so called ‘car dooring’ Sam was fined £80, plus a £40 victim surcharge and £30 prosecution costs, while the driver of the van that hit Sam was given a 26-week suspended prison sentence and banned from driving for 28 months for failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and driving while over the drink-drive limit.

Leicester assistant city mayor for the environment, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “The work to improve safety at this site is a direct result of the tragic death last year of cyclist Sam Boulton, which brought home the dangers of stopping in this area. 

“A clearly-marked bus stop clearway was put in place there after Sam’s death, but some motorists have thoughtlessly continued to use it as a drop-off point, and many of those drove off before Civil Enforcement Officers had time to issue a ticket. 

“Now, these traffic enforcement cameras mean that drivers who flout the law won’t be able to get away with it any longer. Hopefully it will deter drivers from stopping there and help make the road safer for everyone.”

The camera enforcement safety work comes ahead of a wider £2.75million package of proposals to improve London Road including the introduction of separated cycle lanes.