There is one bus lane in Somerset that drivers continually seem to get caught out by when driving.
The bus gate on Bridgwater Road in Bathpool and bus lane in Monkton Heathfield, near Taunton, has resulted in a total of 46,645 fines in the five years up to July 2021.
Somerset County Council has collected nearly £1.5m in fines since 2017 from drivers getting caught by cameras.
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The worst year for fines was 2018, when 19,394 people were caught out by the cameras, which resulted in £632,038.38 in payments being made to Somerset County Council.
Penalty charge notices have generally been on the decline since, although with several months still left of 2021, it looks as though the 4,346 people already caught this year could total nearer 8,000 before the end of the year.
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An annual breakdown of the amount of fixed penalty notices handed out and the payments received can be seen below.
Year PCN’s issued Payment 2017 5,581 £186,830.22 2018 19,394 £632,038.38 2019 11,250 £362,364.64 2020 6,074 £192,162.23 2021 4,346 £112,041.00
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