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Illegal bus lane drivers 'shamed'

Car drivers who illegally use bus lanes in part of Leicester city centre could be named and shamed as well as being fined, the city council has said.

Leicester City Council has introduced a new roadside camera system on Causeway Lane which displays offenders' car registration numbers.

The experiment follows complaints from bus companies that services have been delayed because of illegal lane-use.

It is hoped the new technology will act as a deterrent to motorists.

Andy Thomas, of the city council, said: "With all the people at the bus stop and all the people shopping in the Highcross, they can all see these drivers.

"They can see they're selfish, they can see their number plate and maybe they'll think twice before doing it again."

The council wants to stop cars and vans entering Causeway Lane from East Bond Street.

The camera reads an offending vehicle's registration number and transfers it electronically to a large roadside sign similar to those on motorways.

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