Yellow boxes have turned into cash boxes for Cardiff Council

Yellow boxes have turned into cash boxes for Cardiff Council

Penarth motorists who are brave enough to venture into Cardiff occasionally may well find they’re now at increased risk of being fined for a variety of “moving traffic offences”

The latest tally of drivers caught by Cardiff’s increasingly draconian penalties has seen a huge surge in the number of motorists caught stopping on “Yellow boxes” at road junctions in just one month – from January to February.

A Cardiff bus lane is an expensive piece of road to use.

Cardiff bus lanes are best avoided.

A total of 689 drivers were caught on camera stopping in the yellow box areas in February – up on  the January figures by 32%. The most productive boxes were those in Mary Anne St and David St.

The biggest earner though was in booking drivers for alleged“bus-lane violations” .A total of 6,832 drivers were nabbed for this offence in February and received Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)  – an increase of 10% on January.

Ramesh Patel Cardiff Council 'cabinet' member for transport

Ramesh Patel, Cardiff Council ‘cabinet’ member for transport

Cllr Ramesh Patel who is Cardiff Council’s ‘cabinet’ member for Strategic Planning and Transportation says “The Moving Traffic Offences scheme will continue to expand, as we continue to look to improve traffic flow in and around the city centre and encourage people to use alternative forms of transport to reduce the number of people using private cars.”

In Cardiff drivers also have to be aware that a council camera car films parents stopping in illegal areas to drop their children off at schools.  Drivers doing this numbered 405  in February.

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  1. Huw says:

    Good ! If people knew how to drive properly and knew the laws they wouldn’t get fined . They are a menace behind the wheel 3 strikes and they should be removed from the roads .

  2. Timothy Hughes says:

    You cannot be booked for an alleged offence.

    • newsnet says:

      Indeed you can be – and are . The offence remains an alleged offence until such time the defendant is found guilty or admits guilt.

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    when I lived in Cardiff, for 6 long years I drove into work along Newport Road. Driving in that area now is dangerous-A while ago I recall thinking how quiet “my” lane was only to realise it is now a badly signposted bus lane!-the yellow boxes are also a problem particularly if you are behind a HGV which gets part of the way across, and your visibility restricts you seeing what is up ahead-I am sure accidents are being caused by vehicles switching lanes when they realise a fine may be on the way.

  4. e roberts says:

    I agree with Huw – all the offences should be known to qualified drivers – did none of them glance through their Highway Code before sitting their tests? The horrendous and inconsiderate parking by parents dropping their children off at school is unbelievable – we live 200 yards from a school entrance and see people parking on pavements and on corners of junctions. Parents don’t seem to understand that their stupidity is putting the lives of others (especially children who can’t see over parked cars) at risk. They deserve every penny of their fines.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      good points-It seems to have been “nanny state” week with the new “sugar tax” to fight children’ obesity-it will not work-get children out of the car and walking to school and away from the computer and into the local parks-exercise is far more healthy-at present walking to school is dangerous because roads are full of parents driving their children (often short distances) to school

    • Nat says:

      Agree. This is particularly bad at Fairfield school, where we walk to. Cars park on the grass verges, making it difficult to see when trying to cross with a pram and other children.
      It’s an accident waiting to happen.

  5. Martin Coffee says:

    As far as I can see Cardiff’s policy of taking motoring offences seriously is probably the only good thing that will come out of a takeover by them. Dangerous parkers in Penarth beware.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Correct newsnet. I have sympathy with Huw and I see drivers regularly parking outside schools in the danger area. That is very bad. I have a feeling training may be needed in some quarters. I’m advised that some drivers with non UK licenses don’t understand the rules or dangers. Oh someone will waive a card I’m sure but if that is the case then it needs addressing. Yellow boxes seem fair game for some. Then and silly things like pulling up at a junction in the middle instead of on the line or on the inside so traffic can keep moving must costs us a fortune. My favourite though is drivers approaching a roundabout inside lane with a lorry or van on their drivers side. Truck pulls off and car driver waits. “Why didn’t you go- its really safe with the big thing blocking the traffic”. “Well I couldn’t see” is the riposte, that’s funny. But truth is we all make mistakes- just some do it selfishly on a regular basis.

  7. Vincent Pugliese says:

    I stopped going into Cardiff centre when they stopped cars driving into St. Mary Street and the Hayes in favour of drunken pedestrians urinating everywhere.

  8. Colin says:

    Excellent article. More yellow boxes for Penarth, and a mandatory 20mph for Redlands, Plassey, Lavernock and Windsor road too. I hope the Vale purchase a camera car as well. Please, please?

  9. Christopher David says:

    Get the kids walking yes but I can’t believe anyone can seriously criticise the sugar tax. But yes walk or bike to school is good. Fact is though mummy has to been seen in 4×4 (never seen mud) dropping orf little Tracey-Mercedes eh! 😉

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