Section 44 Civil penalties for bus lane contraventions
73.This section enables the Scottish Ministers to make regulations allowing “approved” local authorities to impose civil penalties on motorists committing certain bus lane driving offences. Where such a scheme exists, the offences in question will have been decriminalised and the local authority enforcing the scheme will be able to retain receipts received through the penalties imposed. The receipts will, however, have to be used by the local authority for the purposes of achieving policies set out in their local transport strategy.
74.A local authority will be regarded as being “approved” for the purpose of this section if an order has been made designating the whole or part of their area as a permitted or special parking area or the Scottish Ministers have made an order specifying them as such.