Drivers to Be Fined for Using Bus Lanes

A Dan bus driver is seen through the front window of the bus, while the bus window reflects the front, Jerusalem. April 14 2010. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.
A Dan company’s bus. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Many highways and main traffic arteries in Israeli cities have special bus and public transportation lanes, but enforcement is spotty. No longer; the Knesset Economic Committee plans to allow municipalities to set up cameras in public transportation lanes and allow them to collect fines from drivers who violate the rules.

Cameras will cover all 300 kilometers of public transportation lanes, the Committee plans to announced in a session on Tuesday. The plan is designed to ensure the smooth flow of public transportation, in the hope that if buses can move faster, more people will be encouraged to use them instead of their cars.

In addition to the decision on setting up the cameras, the Committee is expected to authorize the doubling of fines for drivers who violate the rules from NIS 250 to NIS 500.