Phil Lightowler (Head of Public Transport) and Shane Hymers (Fastrack Development Manager) were in attendance for this item.
1. Mr Payne introduced the report which asked the cabinet committee to consider and endorse or make recommendations on a proposed decision to approve the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to enforce bus priority measures, specifically bus gates. Mr Payne said the policy was initially intended for Dover and Kent Thameside Fastrack services, but consideration would also be given to extending such methods of enforcement across the county.
2. In response to members questions and concerns Mr Lightowler said that the design of schemes was such that it was impossible for other motorists to accidentally stray into routes designed specifically for buses and, like all other enforcement, there was an appeals process.
3. RESOLVED to endorse the proposed decision of the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport to approve:
(a) the use of ANPR enforcement of bus gates for Dover and Kent Thameside Fastrack services and
(b) and support the wider use of ANPR enforcement of bus priority measures county wide, allowing officers to approve enforcement of new schemes.