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Glasgow Bus Lane Fine – Do I Pay or Appeal? 

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Did you get a Glasgow bus lane fine, and you’re not sure what to do? You’re in the right place.

This article will give you easy-to-understand information about:

  • What a Glasgow bus lane fine means.
  • If and when you should pay your Glasgow bus lane fine.
  • How to appeal your Glasgow bus lane fine.
  • Ways to avoid getting a bus lane fine.
  • What might happen if you choose to ignore the fine.

Each month, more than 130,000 people visit our website for advice on dealing with fines and parking tickets. We understand that getting a bus lane fine can be frustrating. But don’t worry; we’re here to help.

We’ll share useful tips and examples to guide you through the process and answer common questions you might have. Our aim is to help you understand your options to make the best possible choice.

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Why would I get a Glasgow bus lane fine?

You’d get a Glasgow bus lane fine because you were caught on camera driving in one when it’s illegal to do so.

Glasgow City Council uses digital camera systems to catch motorists who misuse bus lanes.

Once the offence is recorded, you’ll get a penalty charge notice for £60 if you’re the registered keeper.

Can I ignore a Glasgow bus lane fine?

Never ignore a Glasgow bus lane fine because it could be an expensive mistake.

In addition, you’ll incur more charges if the fine is not contested or paid within the time limits.

When a Glasgow bus lane fine remains outstanding 28 days after you got the charge notice, or after your appeal is rejected, the Council will issue a Charge Certificate against you. 

Moreover, the fine amount increases by 50%.

You can’t appeal the fine once you get the Charge Certificate.

If you still ignore things, your information could be sent to a debt recovery agent. You’ll incur more costs and fees!

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Can I appeal a Glasgow bus lane fine?

Yes, you have the right to appeal a Glasgow bus lane fine.

Information on how to make a representation to the City Council is found on the charge notice you’re sent.

You must appeal the charge within the 28 days deadline.

Any later, and your appeal gets rejected.

Glasgow City Council will either send you a Notice of Acceptance and they will cancel the fine. Or you’ll be sent a Notice of Rejection when your appeal is unsuccessful.

Note: Don’t pay the bus lane fine if you are considering filing an appeal against it. You can’t do both!

What happens if my appeal against a Glasgow bus lane fine is rejected?

If your appeal gets rejected, you can appeal to an independent adjudicator.

In this instance, it’s the Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal Service.

The Notice of Rejection contains all information on how to appeal to the tribunal.

Note: You’ll have to pay the £60 fine if your appeal to the Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal Service gets rejected.

How do I appeal a Glasgow bus lane fine?

You can appeal a bus lane enforcement charge.

It’s referred to as ‘grounds of representation’.

You must make your representation in writing to the Council, explaining why you’re contesting the charge.

In law, the letter you send is called a ‘formal representation’.

Check out this message posted on a popular forum by a motorist who got a City of Glasgow bus lane fine demanding payment.

Source: Moneysavingexpert

Successful Appeal Case Study

Situation

Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

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Total Fine £271
Cost of legal advice £5

JustAnswer helped Scott craft the best appeal possible and he was able to win his case.

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How do I pay a Glasgow bus lane fine?

You can pay a Glasgow bus lane fine within 14 days, which means you get to pay the discounted amount.

So, instead of paying the full £60, you only pay £30.

You’ll be asked to provide the following information when you pay the bus lane fine:

  • PCN/bus lane charge number
  • Vehicle registration details
  • Payment details

What happens if I don’t pay a Glasgow bus lane fine?

If you don’t pay the bus lane fine within the allowed time limits, the fine amount increases to £90. Plus, you could incur further costs if Glasgow City Council passes the debt to a recovery agent.

Will a Glasgow bus lane fine affect my insurance?

No. Getting a bus lane fine in itself won’t affect your motor insurance premiums.

You’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), but you won’t get any penalty points on your driving licence.

What’s the fine if you drive in a bus lane in Glasgow?

You’ll get a £60 fine for travelling in a bus lane in Glasgow when it’s not permitted.

When you pay the fine within 14 days, the amount is reduced to £30.

But the amount goes up to £90 if you don’t pay within 28 days!

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When can I drive in a Glasgow bus lane?

You’re not allowed to drive in a Glasgow bus lane during operating hours.

The only vehicles that can use a bus lane during these hours are:

  • BusesTaxis
  • Licenced private hire vehicles
  • Pedal cyclists
  • Emergency services
  • The police

The Council issues a penalty charge to motorists caught on camera driving in a bus lane.

The PCN is sent to the registered keeper, who is liable to pay the fine.

Plus, Glasgow City Council has photographic evidence to support the contravention!

Am I still liable for a Glasgow bus lane fine if I wasn’t driving?

Yes. If you’re the registered keeper, you’re liable for a Glasgow bus lane fine even if you were not driving.

In law, you are responsible for paying the charge.

Should you pay or appeal a Glasgow bus lane fine?

Getting a Glasgow bus lane fine is never amusing and could turn into an expensive mistake if you ignore the fine.

I suggest you first make sure you deserve the fine.

Next, pay the fine within 14 days of getting it, so you pay the lesser amount.

Alternatively, if you feel the charge is unjust, you have the right to make a representation to challenge it.

But bear in mind Glasgow City Council has photographic evidence of the offence, which could make challenging the charge risky.

You may end up paying 50% more if your appeal is not upheld.

Plus, you could get hit with more costs if a debt collector gets involved.

How many bus lane fines are issued in Glasgow?

According to a newspaper report 80,000 bus lane fines were issued in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

It showed an increase of around 30% on the previous year (2020).

Source: Daily Record

FAQs

What times do bus lanes operate in Glasgow?
Glasgow bus lanes are in operation from 7.00 am until 7.00 pm which is typically from Monday through to Saturday.
Are there bus lane cameras in Glasgow?
Yes. Bus lanes in Glasgow have digital camera systems that record motorists who use bus lanes when it’s not permitted.

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.
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Janine Marsh is an award-winning presenter and a valuable member of the MoneyNerd team. With a wealth of experience as a financial expert, she's been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, and BBC Five Live, and is a regular on Co-op Radio.