We keep bus lanes free from traffic so that bus travel is easier and more reliable.

Legislation that applies to bus lane enforcement is changing from 31 May 2022

We currently enforce bus lanes under Section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 and Bus Lane Contraventions (Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005).

From 31 May 2022 we'll enforce bus lanes under Section 78 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, The Civil Enforcement of Road Traffic Contraventions (Approved Devices, Charging Guidelines and General Provisions) (England) Regulations 2022 and The Civil Enforcement of Road Traffic Contraventions (Representations and Appeals) (England) Regulations 2022.

Changes to charges

Penalty Charge Notices are currently £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days).

Penalty Charge Notices issued from 31 May 2022 will be £70 (reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days).

Changes in the appeals process

As part of the appeals process you may currently file a Statutory Declaration.

For Penalty Charge Notices issued from 31 May 2022 you may file a Witness Statement instead.

All of our bus lanes are monitored by CCTV cameras. We fine any motorist caught using a bus lane illegally, by sending the vehicle's registered keeper a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), along with photographic evidence.

Hours of restrictions

Some of our bus lanes are only in use at certain times; usually at peak hours. You'll see the hours of restrictions on the bus lane signs by the side of the road. If there are no hours specified, that bus lane is restricted at all times.

Road users that can use bus lanes

These road users can generally use all the bus lanes in Bristol:

  • Buses
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcycles
  • Taxis

There are some exceptions, so check the signs at the side of the road to see who can use the bus lane.

Specific bus lanes information

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