MENACE motorists have clocked up a bill of more than £2,500 in fines in just eight weeks after driving through bus lanes.
In May, police launched Operation Effect in a bid to slam the brakes on drivers clogging up the bus-only lanes in Barmston, Washington.
To date, 86 motorists have been hit with a £30 fine for breaking the law and officers have pledged to continue to patrol bus lanes across Washington.
Sergeant Lee Butler, of Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is an issue which we are dealing with on a regular basis.
“Drivers who illegally use bus lanes are causing problems and this slows down buses. We also have concerns that this is a road safety issue and could result in a serious collision.
“We’ve carried out regular patrols in the area and police will continue to take enforcement action and issue fixed penalty tickets to anyone caught using the bus lane.
“We’re also asking residents to report vehicles seen contravening these bus lanes to the police.”
The campaign comes after residents living in the area raised concerns over motorists ignoring the law.
Coun Bernard Scaplehorn, chairman of Washington Area Committee, said: “The bus link improvement schemes were introduced by the city council following extensive consultations in each area involving the local community, local councillors and key partner organisations such as the police and Nexus.
“Proactive enforcement gives a clear message to the small number of drivers who continue to ignore the law.
“The bus only link lanes are there for a reason, to help get passengers to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible but the car drivers who are unlawfully using these lanes are preventing that from happening, which impacts on road safety and the amenity of the area.
“Everyone needs to be aware of the law, but equally aware of the needs of other road users and we hope Operation Effects will help us to promote that message.”
Anyone with concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour where they live should contact their neighbourhood policing team on 101 ex 69191.