March 10 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 10, 2014
More than 170 drivers were caught flouting bus lane restrictions in Norwich on Monday morning during a two-hour policing operation.
Officers stopped motorists for ignoring no entry signs in Grove Road on the approach to Brazengate while in excess of 170 drivers were caught on camera.
Complaints from local residents and a collision last month involving a car and cyclist prompted the police action.
Checks were carried out from 7.30am with four drivers issued with fixed penalty notices while those caught on camera will be written to with a notice of intended prosecution for contravening a no entry sign.
Road policing officer PC Bob Warrent said: “A lot of drivers habitually use this route as a short-cut in the mornings and this is demonstrated by the number of vehicles caught.
“The restrictions are in place for a reason and are clearly signposted so there is no excuse for any driver to say they were not aware.
“Motorists who flout the no entry signs are putting pedestrians and cyclists at risk and our patrols in this area will continue.”
Last month officers attended a collision in the area involving a car, which had contravened restrictions, and a cyclist.
It happened shortly after 9am and the cyclist suffered a fractured skull and was taken to hospital for treatment.
A bus lane operates in the area from Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 9.30am with only buses and taxis allowed to enter the road and onto Brazengate, near Sainsbury’s. The restrictions also apply to vehicles on Victoria Street, with no left turn onto Brazengate between those times.