From 31st March 2008 councils across England and Wales gained the right to use CCTV to detect offences on roads where parking is banned. Councils in London already have this power.
CCTV cameras evidence can now be used to enforce parking offences and moving vehicle offences. These cameras are linked to the DVLA and have number plate recognition. This means that the owner of any vehicle seen by a CCTV camera stopped in a zone with parking restrictions will receive a fine through the post. Other traffic offences such as stopping in a Yellow Box junction or turning where turning prohibited, when caught on CCTV will also result in a fine through the post.
To read about the Approved Devices for use when enforcing parking and moving vehicle offences please follow the Government Department links below:
The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Approved Devices) (England) Order 2007
The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Approved Devices) (Wales) Order 2008
Bus lanes are there to keep public transport moving, not private motor vehicles. Therefore during times of operation motorists must not drive or stop in a bus lane.
Most busses in towns and cities now have video cameras in the front to monitor bus lanes. This, along with the fact that more and more bus lanes are being monitored by street CCTV cameras, means that it is only getting easier for motorists to get caught in driving or parking in a bus lane.
Taxis and cyclists are usually allowed to use bus lanes. Police and emergency service vehicles are allowed to use the bus lane when necessary.
Some Cycle lanes are marked with a solid white line; others are marked with a broken white line.
During its times of operation motorists should never drive or park in a cycle lane that is marked with a solid white line.
Motorists should not drive or park in a cycle lane that is marked with broken white lines unless it is unavoidable.
You should never park in any cycle lane during times that waiting restrictions are in force.