Bus Lanes

The Regulations that apply to bus lane contraventions are those made under the Transport Act 2000.

I've received a bus lane PCN, what should I do?

The Transport Act 2000 enables councils to take over most moving traffic enforcement - including bus lane enforcement - from the police.

Bus-lane offences can still be enforced by the police, who issue Fixed Penalty Notices.  In this case, disputes are heard in the Magistrates' Courts and are dealt with within the criminal justice system - since such offences are viewed as "criminal".

Councils that enforce bus lane regulations are said to be operating decriminalised - or civil - enforcement of bus lane contraventions.

The PCNs such councils issue are known as Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).  They are processed by the council and enforcement takes place through the civil justice system.

What should I do if I've received a Penalty Charge Notice for a parking or bus lane contravention.

A step by step guide to the enforcement process

Download this diagram from the PATROL leaflet explaining the parking penalty enforcement process

parking penalty enforcement process diagram