Bus lanes were not created to punish drivers

Dear Editor

I just read an article on the ChronicleLive website (14/10/16) which highlighted recent comments from a retired policeman about the Newcastle bus lanes.

This is an issue that constituents have raised with me on numerous occasions. Many people (especially from other areas who are not used to driving in Newcastle) feel that it is very easy to accidentally enter a bus lane in Newcastle and receive a ticket. Some constituents have even speculated this is not a coincidence.

I hope that Newcastle City Council use the recent decision to cancel around 5,000 penalties as an opportunity to review their system and make sure that it is fit for purpose.

I know this is a tough time for the Council and that more cuts are looming, but bus lanes were not specifically created to punish drivers or to generate revenue for the Council, nor should they unnecessarily put people off visiting Newcastle.



Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

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