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Joined 28-01-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 08 June, 2005 - 11:26 pm:   

I don't know if anyone noticed the story in the Standard a couple of days ago. According to this bastion of journalistic accuracy, the bus lane camera on Stanstead Road (just before the Brockley Rise junction), is the third most successful in London! Apparently over 16,000 fines were issued last year. Wow. I think it's partially because its placed at the end of the lane, and also people are tempted to use the bus lane to avoid right-turning traffic.

So CAUTION. Just cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you!

Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Thursday, 09 June, 2005 - 09:30 am:   

I've heard this before. The main cause was that the crossover point was far too close to the junction. This has recently been extended and is now about three times further back than it used to be. It was a very dangerous place as if you obeyed the rules and stayed out of the bus lane until the proper place if you wanted to turn left into Brockley Rise, you were only about two car lengths from the junction and were often not able to get in lane due to the idiots tearing down the bus lane,who had noticed that the camera was pointing away from the bus lane. The problem is still there but at least you have a bit more chance to get in the left lane if you want to turn left.
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 09 June, 2005 - 09:44 am:   

And I've been caught! To avoid it when you've been to Sainsbury's 24 and you come out into Stanstead Road to go left you've got to get into the outside lane which is a bit of a palaver. I'd forgotten it wasn't after 7 p.m. one day and bang went a fortune.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 11 June, 2005 - 11:57 pm:   

You can avoid most of the Stanstead Road/Brockley Rise bus lane by going through the side roads (from Malham Road)to Brockley Rise. I understand this bus lane camera has caught a lot of Sainsburys' customers who have turned into the bus lane too early.
Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Sunday, 12 June, 2005 - 09:13 am:   

How long before they block off the side roads to stop you doing this like they have between Brockley Rise/Stondon Park and Honor Oak Park, and make them access only. What annoys me most is when you are waiting in the correct lane and obeying the rules and cars come tearing down the bus lane as if it was put there for their benefit to jump the queue. This is what make it so dangerous when you want to turn into the left lane at the correct place. Only a few weeks ago I got a load of abuse from a 'bus lane' driver when I cut in front of him into the left lane,and he wasn't even turning left, he was just using the bus lane to jump the queue so that he could cut into the lane of traffic going straight on towards Catford. Most of these drivers also drive very fast down bus lanes.Its as if they think that by speeding along the lane it somehow makes it OK or that the cameras won't notice them!
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Sunday, 12 June, 2005 - 11:17 pm:   

They may not care about the cameras if they have not registered their car. 100,000 congestion charge fines have not been paid and thousands of speed camera tickets remain unpaid. You cannot fine them if you do not know where they live!
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 13 June, 2005 - 01:14 pm:   

But BT - aren't most of us decent law abiding drivers? See my ramblings on the CPZ thread - I'm being ironic by the way.

And unregistered cars - back to the law and order, the point is what have you got to hide?? For many lots. Great if you get involved in a hit and run and you are trying to trace the driver (or perhaps your next of kin are doing this). Baggy Dave of course has lots of problems with unregistered drivers which is why he has to flout the law and cycle of the pavement. Oh I'm digressing, but that's the fun of it! Off to get some grapes for lunch, last lot had gone off.

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