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Prosecutions for motorcycles in bus lanes in Aberdeen (R016707) - August 2017

Thank you for your email of 14 August where you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

Breakdown of this annually

  • in total how many motorcyclists had been reported in Aberdeen for using the bus lanes
  •     the same figure for cars.

Firstly, as you have not stated a time frame, I have conducted my search on the last 10 financial years.

I should explain that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of cases and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes.

We can identify the vehicle (where recorded) and can confirm that there were no charges relating to motorcyclists. The number reported consisted of cars, vans, and some vehicles were unspecified.

It may help if I explain that the Police have powers to issue a conditional offer for this offence and the Lord Advocate issued guidance to the Police in March 2011 to assist them in exercising this power. The only such case reported to the Procurator Fiscal since then has resulted from failure to comply with a conditional offer.

I attach in Annex A, the table that shows the number of charges, which also relate to a single case with one motorist reported to the Procurator Fiscal’s office at Aberdeen for using bus lanes, although the Police may have also issued conditional offers in the same time period.

Motorists reported to PF Office Aberdeen for Bus Lane Violations

 
    Financial Year Reported

Type of Vehicle

Charge

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

Car

ROAD TRAFFIC R 1984 S1,2&5 ENTER/PROCEED BUS LANE 7/9.30 L

2

2

                4

  ROAD TRAFFIC R 1984 S5(1) ENTER/PROCEED BUS LANE HOURS LOCAL

15

30

15

16

19

      1

  96

Total

 

17

32

15

16

19

 

 

 

1

 

100

Van

ROAD TRAFFIC R 1984 S1,2&5 ENTER/PROCEED BUS LANE 7/9.30 L

  1

                1

  ROAD TRAFFIC R 1984 S5(1) ENTER/PROCEED BUS LANE HOURS LOCAL

2

1

2

  1

          6

Total

 

2

2

2

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

7

Vehicle not specified

ROAD TRAFFIC R 1984 S5(1) ENTER/PROCEED BUS LANE HOURS LOCAL

  1

1

1

2

          5

Total

 

 

1

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

5

Grand Total

 

19

35

18

17

22

0

0

0

1

0

112