Motorhome and campervan enthusiasts visiting Plymouth will have to be wary of new traffic regulations from now on, as the local council have introduced bus only lanes in an attempt to ease traffic congestion across the city.
Thousands of motorists with campervan insurance visit the West Country city in August, attracted by the sea and sand of nearby Devon and Cornwall holiday destinations. Many spend at least one day in Plymouth soaking up the maritime history of the place where the Quakers set sail for America hundreds of years ago. Modern day Plymouth sees equal numbers of visitors flood into the city for the national fireworks championships and mobile home owners often find it difficult traversing the convoluted city centre.
They now face a £60 fine if they stray into lanes newly designated for authorised vehicles only, and unfortunately there are plenty of them. CCTV cameras have been installed in six locations of the city centre and councillors warn they will be moved around different areas if the need arises. Public transport operators have chosen the first six locations, where they say traffic problems regularly occur, and so visiting mobile home owners should be extra wary when driving in Pemros Road, Saltash Road, Tavistock Road, Exeter Street and Embankment Road. They should also be aware that some of the lanes allow taxis and motorcycles as well as buses, but definitely not mobile homes.
Councillor Mark Coker dismissed criticism of the scheme saying: “It’s not a money raiser – this is a serious attempt to try to make sure the traffic flows freely around the city.” A spokesman for Plymouth Council reminded motorists the restrictions will be in force 24 hours a day, and as is usually the case, motorists will have the £60 fine halved if they pay within 14 days.