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Police yet to impose fines on drivers in Games lanes

Police have yet to fine a single driver for contravening Games lane restrictions more than a week after the first batch of restrictions went live in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Major restrictions on routes, including the Clydeside Expressway, the M8 across the Kingston Bridge and the M74, were launched yesterday, but a number of shorter stretches of road in the city centre have had Games lanes in place since July 13.

Only Games vehicles carrying athletes and other Glasgow 2014 VIPs are allowed to use the lanes, with all other traffic - including taxis, cyclists and buses - facing a £50 penalty if they are caught in a Games lane.

Unlike bus lanes in the city, which are enforced by the council using cameras, the Games lanes are controlled by Police Scotland.

It is understood officers will be deployed at key locations to catch offenders.

A force spokeswoman said: "Officers will be enforcing the lanes and will patrol - they will stop drivers driving in lanes and deal with them proportionately and appropriately. We will not have any enforcement cameras in the Games lanes."

However, there were questions over the extent of enforcement on Games lanes last night as police confirmed they have yet to issue any fixed penalty notices, despite a handful of Games lanes - some barely a few yards long - going live more than a week ago.

These include:

l A section of the Clyde Gateway on the approach to the junction with Dalmarnock Road.

l Part of Shawfield Drive, on the outskirts of Glasgow Green.

l A section of Arcadia Street and The Green, where they intersect with King's Drive.

l Part of Kingston Street, on the south bank of the River Clyde, between the Glasgow bridge and the A77.

It comes as the largest Games lane, running from the SECC and Hydro arenas across the Kingston Bridge to West Street in Tradeston, went live yesterday. Another large Games lane, along Polmadie Street to Hampden Stadium, goes live on Friday.

Stephen Flynn, vice-chairman for Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: "As the only public transport service operating all the time, including helping get people home safely when most others are in their beds, we feel a degree of disappointment in the access restrictions for our drivers around the Games lanes.

"In particular, it will be galling to see these lanes lying more or less empty late at night and in the early morning yet still not available for use by our drivers."

Luke Bosdet, of the AA, said police were "caught between a rock and a hard place" when it came to disclosing too much detail on their enforcement policies.

However, he added that if Glasgow mimicked the London Olympic experience the traffic restrictions could reduce congestion.

He said: "Everybody knew it was going to be really busy so people kept away and the problem essentially resolved itself. There was less traffic on the roads because people were walking and using public transport instead."

Meanwhile, Glasgow 2014 organisers are urging spectators to plan their journey as a survey suggests up to 500,000 ticket holders still need to finalise travel plans to and from venues.

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