Car share scheme into Bristol sees low fines

Only two drivers in five years have been fined for incorrectly using a lane reserved for cars with two or more passengers on a Bristol commuter road.

A survey of rush hour traffic on the Long Ashton bypass found over 177 cars were breaking the rules.

Figures obtained by BBC Bristol show 381 drivers were fined for incorrectly using a similar car share lane in South Gloucestershire in the same time frame.

Police said it was unknown why there was a big difference in the figures.

The incorrect use of the two lanes raised over £10,000 in fines.

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: "We have to prioritise how we allocate our resources to help us achieve our aim of making our communities feel safe and be safe."

The Long Ashton car share scheme was opened in 2005 at a cost of £40,000.

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