Bus lane and clearway fines and enforcement
We operate a bus lane enforcement scheme to improve public transport reliability, journey times and to encourage sustainable travel.
Where is bus lane enforcement implemented?
Bus lane enforcement is in place on:
- Charles Street northbound
- Charles Street southbound
- Causeway Lane
- Rutland Street
- Horsefair Street
- A426 Lutterworth Road
- Thurcaston Road.
Maps for the A426 Lutterworth Road and Thurcaston Road can be requested via email.
Vehicles using bus lanes
Vehicles using bus lanes to gain advantage over queuing traffic, or ignoring bus gates to enter restricted areas as shortcuts, are breaking the law and causing disruption to vehicles making legitimate use of the facilities. The only exemptions are pedal cycles, buses and licensed hackney carriages.
We will write to you if we believe you have committed an offence. Fines can be reduced to £30 if they are paid within 14 days, and you also have the right to appeal if you don't agree with the penalty.
The income generated by the fines is spent on highway improvements, including provisions for public transport.
How can I avoid a fine?
Bus lane signs and markings will clearly indicate both the start and end of bus lanes and highlight the hours of operation.
Parking and waiting/loading restrictions will be clearly signposted. If no hours of operation are displayed then the bus lane operates at all times.
More information about bus lane enforcement, and our code of practice, can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Any unauthorised vehicle that makes use of a bus lane, bus gate or clearway during the time of operation could be subject to clearway camera enforcement fines.
When signed the only exemptions are:
- Pedal cycles
- Hackney cabs
- Emergency service vehicles (must be responding to an emergency).
How much are the fines?
For a CCTV contravention the penalty charge is £70, reduced by 50 per cent to £35 if paid within 21 days of the date of service. The registered owner/hirer of the vehicle will receive a PCN by first class post from Leicester City Council.
Take immediate action to either pay the penalty charge or make a representation. Failure to do so by 28 days of the date of service of the PCN may result in an increase of 50 per cent to £105 and the council may take steps to enforce payment of this sum.
What is an alleged contravention?
Leicester City Council will issue PCNs where alleged contraventions are detected by CCTV in the following circumstances:
- Where vehicles are observed stationary in a parking “hotspot” (where it is known that vehicles stop, in contravention of the road signs and markings and only drive away when a CEO appears), or an area where CEOs encounter regular physical or verbal abuse whilst carrying out their duties.
- Where vehicles are observed stationary in the controlled area of a pedestrian crossing.
- Where vehicles are observed stationary in a zig-zag area outside a school entrance where vehicles must not stop.
- Where vehicles are observed to be stationary in a clearway, a bus stop clearway or taxi clearway.
How can I avoid a fine?
- Pay attention to the road signs and markings.
- Parking and waiting/loading restrictions are clearly signed.
- Clearways will be clearly marked with the relevant regulatory signs placed at the beginning of the restriction.
- You should not pay attention to the advice given by sat-navs and should comply with all traffic signs. Any appeal referring to a sat-nav as the reason for contravening the restrictions will not be accepted.
Any documents relating to bus lane or clearway enforcement, including alternative routes, are available from us on request via email.
- Location of London Road clearway regulatory signs (PDF)
- Example PCN - front (PDF)
- Example PCN - back (PDF)
Processing of PCNs and clearway fines
Please note: Leicester City Council works in partnership with Nottingham City Council. Nottingham City Council is authorised to process all PCNs and clearway fines and are also responsible for processing all postal/web representations on behalf of Leicester City Council.
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal is a national body which considers appeals against parking fines and bus lane fines.
Parking and traffic regulations outside London (PATROL)
PATROL is the joint committee of England and Wales for the civil enforcement of parking and traffic regulations outside London.
- Visit the PATROL website