Bus lane enforcement is in operation in 18 locations across Blackburn with Darwen. It is designed to improve journey times for motorists, cyclists and public transport users.
All lanes are clearly signed both on the highway (white lettering) and on posts at the entrances to the lanes.
Cameras are in place on the bus lanes and use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to identify unauthorized vehicles that enter bus lanes.
Unauthorised entry into a bus lane will result in the driver of the offending vehicle receiving a £60 penalty charge notice by post. This is payable by the vehicle owner, however the charge will be reduced to £30 if it is paid within 21 days of service.
Bus lane enforcement follows the same process as parking charges. A formal representation can be made to the Council upon receipt of the notice to owner. Further information on the Patrol website .
Times of operation
If there are no times stated on the signs, the bus lane is in operation 24 hours a day. Road signs and markings will clearly indicate the start and end of bus lanes and highlight the hours of operation.
Parking in bus lanes
Parking is not allowed in bus lanes even with a blue badge (disabled) when the bus lanes are in operation (24 hours a day). You will however be permitted to cross the bus lane to park in a parking facility (driveway, car park etc.) adjacent to the bus lane.
Bus lane authorization
Bus Lane Orders are made using powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The definition of a bus lane is in section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 for local authorities outside London. Bus gates are created under the same powers.