We all know the perils of driving your car in a bus lane in London, it can be a costly business.
I recently received two penalty charge notices for riding my Motorcycle in a bus lane. I have to admit I didn’t realise this constituted an offence, I thought motorcycles could use Bus lanes , but that’s not the case.
I have been driving a car for 25 years in London and I am always on the look out for bus lanes and their varying times of operation. All London boroughs’ seem to have different policies and this leads to confusion.
One of my tickets was for riding in the bus lane that is on Norwood road, skirting round the edge of Brockwell Park in Herne Hill SE24, I was not causing any obstruction or slowing the flow of traffic and had no idea I was committing an offence.
When you ride a motorcycle in town you are freeing up road space for cars and other large vehicles. It seems grossly unfair that Lambeth council are dishing out penalty notices to bike riders, riders help alleviate the traffic congestion in town, they do not add to it. Bus lanes should be available for motorcycles to use as well as buses and taxis.
If you have had a similar penalty fine I suggest you email your local councillor and make a complaint about.
This practice is one that should be stopped and soon