Bus lanes action nets 21 drivers in just two hours
TWENTY-ONE drivers were booked in just two hours for driving in a bus lane at Trostre Retail Park.
In a sting organised by Carmarthenshire Council and Dyfed-Powys Police, drivers using the lane instead of the correct entrance to the shopping area were targeted.
It followed complaints from bus drivers that they were being verbally abused by some irate drivers stuck behind them, a council spokesman said.
"Drivers have been getting verbal abuse who get frustrated because they have to wait a minute or more behind the buses and they cannot go anywhere until the bus moves off," he said.
"Some drivers have got out of their cars and approached the bus drivers and when told they should not be in the bus lane they have got aggressive.One even threatened to pull the driver from his cab unless he moved on."
Police were informed of the issues and in a two hour sting a week ago today booked 21 drivers for the offence of driving in a clearly marked bus lane.
But one of the drivers fined £50 for using the lane was Graham Jones of Aberystwyth.
He said the markings were not clear enough for people who are not used to using the roundabout leading to Trostre.
He said: "They are using this as a honey pot. We travelled from Carmarthen to visit Trostre and because our time was mopped up by this we had to go straight home.
"We are once bitten twice shy and will be negative about going to the retail park again.
"We don't know the area, and followed a bus into the park. It might have been a bit stupid on my part, but the sign is so small."
Police said they would be reviewing the use of the road by errant drivers regularly.
Carmarthenshire council's executive board member for transport services Colin Evans said: "Trostre is a busy area for traffic and much care was taken in providing a dedicated bus lane and clearly marking it.
"There is no excuse for bad driving or abusive drivers."