Bus lane camera enforcement was introduced to Oxford city centre to ease traffic congestion and reduce the journey times for buses.
Penalty charge notices (PCNs)
Motorists who contravene the regulations will be recorded by roadside cameras. If enforcement officers believe that a contravention has occurred, a fine - or penalty charge notice (PCN) - will be served to the registered owner/keeper of the vehicle by post.
If you're issued with a fine
The PCN is served at the statutory charge of £60 but discounted to £30 if paid within the first 14 days.
Bus gates are part of a road letting mainly buses through.
The bus gates are on High Street, Castle Street, George Street and Magdalen Street.
More detailed maps of each of the bus lane camera enforcement zones can be found below:
- Bus lane camera enforcement zone - High Street (pdf format, 64 KB)
- Bus lane camera enforcement zone - Magdalen Street/George Street (pdf format, 193 KB)
Who is allowed to drive in bus lanes and through bus gates?
Only buses ie.vehicles registered as PCVs, cycles, private hire vehicles, taxis and exempt emergency vehicles are allowed to travel in bus lanes
Each of the four city centre bus gates have different restrictions:
|Bus gate||Time||Vehicle types allowed through the gate|
|High Street||7.30am – 6.30pm||Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not private rental) and exempt emergency vehicles only|
|6.30pm – 7.30am||Any vehicle type allowed.|
|Castle Street||All day (24 hours)||Local buses and exempt emergency vehicles only. Taxis/Private hire vehicles are allowed through between 7am-7pm (due to an experimental Traffic Regulation Order – this is not currently a permanent exemption)|
|George Street||10am – 6pm||Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not private rental), exempt emergency vehicles only.|
|6pm – 10am||Access for loading allowed.|
|Magdalen Street||All day (24 hours)||Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not rental) and exempt emergency vehicles only|
Please note that 'exempt vehicle' means any:
- vehicle in the service of or employed by the fire, police or ambulance services when on an emergency call
- police vehicle on patrol.