To improve our public transport system and to make our roads safer for cyclists, the council will issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to people who drive in bus lanes illegally.
Bus lanes are enforced by camera and signage will inform motorists that bus lanes are in operation.
How are bus lanes authorised?
Bus Lanes are created by Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) (pdf, 88kb) and supplemented by John Dobson Street and St Mary's Place Variation Order 2015 (pdf, 471kb), Great North Road Variation Order 2016 (pdf, 163kb) and Monument Area Variation Order 2016 (pdf, 181kb) using powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. A bus lane is a traffic lane reserved for buses (and pedal cycles, motorcycles, taxis and authorised vehicles, where indicated by the signs).
When are bus lanes in operation?
The times of operation of bus lanes in Newcastle will be clearly signed. The majority of bus lanes in Newcastle operate from 7.00am to 7.00pm, 7 days per week. 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. All bus lanes in Newcastle are in operation on Bank Holidays. You can view the details of the locations of bus lanes, bus gates and bus only streets, the times of operation and permitted vehicles. (pdf, 65.7kb)
What happens if you are caught driving or parking illegally in a bus lane?
Those vehicles that drive or park illegally in bus lanes will receive a PCN through the post, addressed to the registered keeper of the vehicle. It will contain details of the alleged contravention, details of the vehicle and photographs that show that the contravention occurred.
Motorists will not receive points on their licence in connection with PCNs issued by Newcastle City Council or in the event that a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued by the Police, you will only be required to pay the penalty charge.
Some vehicles are permitted to drive in bus lanes when it is in operation and can differ between different locations, so you should check the signs at the start of the lane or bus only street before entering.
How much will you have to pay?
The Penalty Charge is £60, which should be paid no later than 28 days beginning with the Date of Service of the notice, but Newcastle City Council will accept a discounted sum of £30 if it receives payment within 14 days beginning with the Date of Service (The Date of Service is classed as the second working day after the day of posting and working days exclude Saturdays, Sundays, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday and any other day which is a Bank Holiday in England and Wales. Newcastle City Council calculates the Date of Service for you and includes it on the PCN).
How to pay your Penalty Charge Notice
Payment of the penalty charge should be made to avoid the case moving on or an increase in the penalty charge. Payment can only be made in full.
Using our online service you can pay for a PCN quickly and securely using your credit or debit card. You will need your PCN reference number (that begins with LK) and the Vehicle Registration Number in order to use the online service.
Other ways to pay
You can send payment by post to the following address, if you prefer to use this payment method:
Newcastle Parking Services
PO Box 1381
How to appeal your PCN
You can appeal your PCN online: (If you are appealing a PCN in relation to the recent John Dobson Street, see this important update here)
You can submit a written appeal by post to the following address:
Newcastle Parking Services
PO Box 1381
The council may consider mitigating circumstances when considering your appeal, although some of the following reasons will not normally be accepted:
- “I was going to turn left at the next junction.”
- “My Sat Nav equipment directed me in to the bus lane.”
- “There were no buses in the bus lane at the time.”
- “I was only in the lane for a few seconds.”
- “I was lost.”
- “I didn’t see the signs.”
How can I view the footage
You can view the footage of your PCN below
Where can I get further information?
Details of the Council’s policy and approach to representations are documented in The Council of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne (“The Council”) Policy for the Consideration of Challenges against Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for Bus Lane Contraventions (pdf, 18kb).
Further information about Civil Parking and Bus Lane Enforcement (including PCNs and NTOs) is available online at www.patrol-uk.info.
If you would like to discuss your Bus Lane PCN with an advisor, please call 01604 625 645 (option 2 to speak to an advisor).
Other frequently asked questions (pdf, 114kb)