Enforcement of bus lanes

Page updated on: 07/09/2023

In order to help deliver the Council’s ambition to encourage a modal shift away from the private motor vehicle towards greener travel the Council has commenced bus lane enforcement through CCTV cameras.

Bus Lanes are shown by road markings and signs that indicate which (if any) other vehicles are permitted to use the bus lane. Unless otherwise indicated, you should not drive in a bus lane during its period of operation.

Fixed enforcement cameras operate at the following locations in Carmarthenshire:

  • Trostre
  • Burry Port


Using the bus lanes

There is specific legislation in place for each bus lane which determines when the bus lane is in operation and which vehicles are permitted to use it. Normally the bus lanes can be used by:

  • Buses which can carry more than eight passengers (the bus must therefore have 10 seats or more, including the driver - this includes coaches/ minibuses)
  • Taxis
  • Vehicles for private hire
  • Cycles

At Burry Port the bus lane may only be used by buses.


CCTV video review

Bus lane contraventions can only be enforced by fixed or mobile cameras, known as approved devices. All our cameras are approved by the Welsh Ministers before they are installed at enforcement locations. These cameras are placed at strategic locations on the transport network or where significant numbers of drivers abusing bus lanes have been identified. 

Note that there is no camera flash to show that the camera has been activated when it detects a vehicle that is not permitted to drive in the bus lane.

The camera records video evidence of a possible contravention, which is then reviewed by a Civil Enforcement Officer to ensure that a contravention has occurred before they authorise the issuing of a Penalty Charge Notice(PCN). The penalty for a bus lane contravention is £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days. If the PCN is ignored the penalty increases.

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