Glasgow’s car-supremacist local rag sank to a new low today:
CITY business leaders have reacted with fury at the new bus gate leading into George Square as it was revealed fines have topped £1.5million.
Look past the hysterical headline and it turns out that
Drivers are fined £60 meaning the maximum penalties issued so far comes to £1,671,060.
However the majority of drivers pay within two weeks as the fine is halved to £30.
So the total raised in fines is probably nowhere near the headline figure.
We are then solemnly informed by a couple of
nonentities pillars of the community that the bus gate is driving (literally) people out of the city centre:
There is now no way of getting there other than some circuitous route which will put people with cars off going there for entertainment and dining … It is another reason to visit Braehead and Silverburn
That the council is Fleecing the Motorist (yawn):
I fail to see what good it has done for the city other than rake in a barrow load of cash for the council by fleecing the motorist
That the council’s nowhere-near-extreme-enough strategy to restrict car use is all wrong:
The council should be opening the city to allow motorists in and there shouldn’t be any bus gates or parking charges
That the bus gate is causing Accidents:
The number of people who have almost crashed trying to reverse out of that zone is incredible
What all this shows is that there is no argument too feeble for the Motorists. They will do and say anything to retard efforts to make Glasgow a more liveable city.
Let’s say this again: the majority of households in Glasgow have no car. Buses should be prioritised over cars. It’s only fair.
I don’t often take the bus, but I had occasion to do so on Monday. I was stunned by just how slow it was – there were no bus lanes to help the driver move efficiently through the car-choked
sewers streets and he was constantly having to pull in and out of laybys at bus stops to get out of the way of the all-important car driver. It was absurd and barbaric, and it reminded me that conditions for walking and cycling are not the only things that must be improved in Glasgow – if this is to be a civilised city, buses must also be accorded the priority they deserve.
Stay strong, Glasgow City Council. Keep the cars out of Nelson Mandela Place. #prayforthebusgate
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