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Bus Lanes and Bus Gate Enforcement

31 May 2017

Use this page to:

  • Find out more about Bus Lane and Bus Gate enforcement
  • Pay a Penalty Charge Notice
  • Challenge a Penalty charge Notice
  • Enforcement locations

Essex County Council (ECC) is strengthening enforcement of bus lanes and bus gates in Essex with increased use of unattended approved cameras.

 

Up until Spring 2017, we largely relied on a combination of voluntary driver compliance and Police enforcement to dissuade drivers from contravening the bus lanes or bus gates.

 

As the county’s population and economy grows, we see the level of infringements increasing which can affect bus punctuality and lead to less reliable journey times. Increased enforcement is designed to change the behaviour of those drivers who choose to use bus lanes and bus gates illegally, keeping them available for their intended use. It also helps to maintain safer routes for pedestrians.

 

At locations where enforcement is strengthened by unattended cameras, existing road signs and road markings are being checked and enhanced when necessary.

 

Before entering a bus lane or bus gate, motorists should check the approach signs as the exempted classes of vehicle will vary from location to location and will be signed appropriately.

 

Exemptions are also detailed in the Traffic Regulation Order published for each site.


Further information about enforcement can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

People who have infringed a bus lane or bus gate will receive a letter, which is a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). The PCN will outline the action that you should take.

Paying for a Penalty Charge Notice

If you have received a PCN there are various methods of paying the charge as outlined in the documentation. If you wish to pay online please select your PCN by using one of the links below.
 
If you have difficulty paying online, or wish to speak to an advisor please call the number detailed on the PCN.

Challenging a Penalty Charge Notice

If you have received a PCN and wish to challenge the contravention, or wish to view a video of the contravention please select your PCN by using one of the links below.
 
If you wish to speak to an advisor about the challenge process, please call the number detailed on the PCN.
Select your PCN:

Select your PCN

Make a payment or challenge a PCN that begins with ES2xxxx.

Make a payment or challenge a PCN that begins with ES5xxxx.

Bus Lane Locations

For details about the locations of the bus lanes which are enforced, please select from the following list: