Dozens of drivers are flouting a road ban on an Aberdeen city centre street every day – and critics claim they are putting lives at risk.
New figures show 1,475 motorists have been caught travelling through the Broad Street bus gate in Aberdeen city centre in 44 days – despite it being restricted to buses, cyclists and emergency-service vehicles.
Cameras caught the offences between August 17, the day they were switched on, and September 30.
That equates to an average of 33 offences a day.
Aberdeen City Council said it has sent out the tickets to the registered vehicle owners demanding a £60 fine payment – though the amount falls to £30 if it is paid within a fortnight.
The statistics, obtained by The Evening Express under freedom of information laws, show 200 people were caught in just the first three days of the cameras being on. Since then, there have been around 200 incidents per week.
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Aberdeen Liberal Democrat group leader councillor Ian Yuill said: “It is a real concern that the number of tickets being sent out has stayed steady, mainly due to pedestrian safety.
“Buses are allowed on the road but the bus drivers know they must drive cautiously.
“Pedestrians crossing Broad Street know to look out for buses, but they are not expecting other kinds of vehicles.
“My concern is other drivers may not be driving as cautiously and someone could be hit. In the worst instance, someone could die.”
He added: “The problem is either that drivers aren’t aware of the restrictions or they are not noticing the cameras and are hoping to go undetected.
“I believe the council has publicised the restrictions well. The rest is up to the drivers.”
Mr Yuill said the best-case scenario would be no tickets being issued because no drivers were flouting the rules.
SNP councillor Michael Hutchison said: “It is incredibly disappointing to see motorists are not taking notice of the signs and realising that Broad Street is buses and cyclists only.
“This poses a substantial risk to public safety on Broad Street, which is something we have raised concerns about in the past.”
Assuming none of the tickets are successfully appealed or cancelled, and the full £60 fine is charged, the tickets would generate £88,500.
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “There are signs to indicate part of Broad Street is for local buses and cyclists only and we would strongly advise motorists to be aware of the signs and use alternative routes.”
The council’s website adds: “The main objectives are to improve traffic flow, journey times, encourage the use of public transport and improve air quality.
“As per Scottish Government legislation, any monies from bus lane enforcement must be allocated to achieving the council’s objectives and policies relating to the local transport strategy.”
The council said it employs two bus lane enforcement officers to administer the fines.