The new improved CCTV cameras on the 18th Century bridge in the city centre have led to the number of motorists fined for illegally driving across it having more than doubled during 2010.
Since 2007 the bridge has only meant to be used by buses, taxis and bicycles, with the exception of some authorised vehicles.
The number of fines given out in 2007 were 8543, in 2008 were 3208 and in 2009 increased to 6469. The new installation of the cameras currently in place are the source of the more than doubling of fines handed out by BANES, with 15,556 handed out in 2010.
BANES Council have concluded that ‘new technology’ has helped increase the number of people caught crossing the bridge.
The Grade 1 listed building currently holds a £60 fine for any unauthorised crossing, but the fine is reduced to £30 if the offender pays the fine quickly.