Ruling awaited on cameras for bus lanes to catch car drivers in Leicester
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby may halt the expansion of bus lane enforcement cameras.
City council officials had said they would be putting up a camera to fine drivers who strayed into a bus lane in Rutland Street.
In the summer, bus lane enforcement began in Charles Street and Causeway Lane, near Highcross shopping centre.
Nearly 20,000 drivers have been penalised, generating the authority nearly £450,000.
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A third enforcement area along Rutland Street, between Charles Street and Granby Street, was due to be introduced, but Sir Peter yesterday said he would await the results of an investigation before deciding whether it should go ahead.
A council scrutiny commission is looking into the scheme, to determine whether it is deterring drivers from entering the bus lanes. It will discuss the matter on January 23.
Sir Peter, who said he was surprised by the number of people getting caught, said: "Given the scrutiny review, it seems sensible to wait and see what it finds before deciding whether to proceed in Rutland Street.
"When we first looked at this there were two areas (Charles Street and Causeway Lane) where bus companies said they were having real problems getting stuck in traffic.
"That's why we launched those schemes first. There was also a strong case for Rutland Street, but there was not the same urgency.
"We can afford to wait because cars in that bus lane are less disruptive."
The cameras already in place have angered many drivers, who said the enforcement area was not clearly signposted.
The council has been accused of using drivers as a cash cow after it emerged more than 1,400 fines were issued between 11pm and 6am, when few buses are running.
One driver, who contacted the Mercury after getting fined in Charles Street, said: "It's easy money for the council and I am not surprised they want more cameras. I feel a bit put out at being fined because I genuinely did not see any signs saying I couldn't drive there and there were no buses around."
Sir Peter has ordered a review of the signs, but said: "I have been down there and I have to say it looks pretty clear to me. There are big yellow-backed signs marking it 'buses only'.
"You can't miss them. I find it hard to believe any motorist with their wits about them would not see them."
A city council spokesman said: "No final decision on Rutland Street will be made until the scrutiny commission has completed its review.
"If the plans are implemented, there will be publicity and warning notices before any penalties are issued."