Motorist hits out at Clapham bus lane camera
A motorist has hit out after falling victim to a notorious bus lane camera that earns Lambeth Council £1m a year.
Martin Kornacki, 34, a magazine editor from Putney, was furious after being slapped with a penalty charge notice (PCN) for driving in the bus lane in Clapham Park Road.
The camera is located in the street where the most driving fines were handed out in 2009, with 15,481 PCNs handed out that year.
Internet forums have hotly debated the controversial camera, which a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed it made £2,500 a day in 2010.
Last year the Evening Standard printed in 2011 the camera made £914,040 the previous year.
Mr Kornacki plans to appeal the hefty £65 fine, insisting that it is difficult to navigate the road without driving in the bus lane.
He said: "It is completely illogical to not go into the bus lane. It runs for 10 meters before it tapers in, most drivers used to be taking a left turn down that road.
"It is the highest earning bus lane camera, FOI requests show it is a cash cow."
A council spokesman said: “We pride ourselves on a parking system that is firm but fair, because enforcement is vital in keeping our roads safe and free of congestion.
“Motorists who drive in bus lanes cause delays to bus passengers and commuters. The bus lane in Clapham Park Road is clearly marked and complies with all regulations and standards, but we always encourage people who feel they have been issued a ticket incorrectly to appeal.
“All surplus income raised from parking enforcement goes directly towards funding schemes to improve Lambeth’s transport and highways, including resurfacing, 20 mile an hour zones, and the cost of the freedom pass.”