Rush hour traffic, a slow-moving convoy and cars zipping into one lane, as the other becomes reserved for buses and other specific vehicles. While the cars are moving in a convoy, the car passes behind the bus in a lane behind the bus and possibly others behind it. The situation experienced by almost every driver in Prague.
Cameras are installed on Evropská in the direction of the center in the section Dědina-Vítězné náměstí, which should end the practice where some people do not bother with bans.
According to spokeswoman Barbora Lišková, TSK commissioned a study several years ago, which showed “that a number of drivers are abusing reserved lanes and thus preventing the smooth passage of public transport buses”. Public transport preferences at the expense of individual car transport often do not work.
In the European section, measurements take place from Monday to Friday between 6:00 and 9:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00. So far, drivers do not have to worry about sanctions. “The records will only serve as a basis for the future possible process of automatically sending suspected violations directly in administrative proceedings,” the spokeswoman said.
The system is not purely repressive and should first warn the driver of his transgression. “In the future, the system will alert the driver to violations of the rules by means of vertical traffic signs with turn signals and the displayed license plate. If the driver reacts and leaves the reserved lane, there will be no fine, “said Lišková.
The system should be able to detect not only buses, but should also filter the registration plates of taxis. The data will be drawn from an updated database maintained by the Ministry of Transport.
By the end of the year, monitoring in European will be in test mode. “If the system proves to be reliable and does not generate a large number of false incentives for misdemeanor proceedings, it will be extended to other Prague roads in the future,” said Lišková.