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Bus camera plan to keep lanes clear

CITY traffic authorities plan to install cameras at the front and rear of buses to deter other vehicles illegally using bus-only lanes.

These lanes are open only to buses during morning and afternoon rushes.

Shanghai construction and traffic commission said, in a response to the city's top adversary body, that it will team up with police to crack down on violations.

The lanes are solely for buses between 7am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm. The city has 160 kilometers of bus lanes.

However, many other vehicles use the lanes as shortcuts, adding to congestion on Shanghai's roads.

"They just cut in suddenly without warning," said one downtown bus driver.

A sharp burst on the horn persuades some motorists to get out of the bus lanes, added the driver.

During a recent afternoon rush hour at a busy crossroads in downtown Hongkou District, Shanghai Daily counted within 10 minutes 160 or so vehicles traveling in the bus-only lane, of which a third were not buses.

In rush hours buses save time using their lanes, as the city tries to encourage residents to take public transport.

In 2005, Shanghai began building bus lanes, adding 30 kilometers annually. This figure will reach 300 kilometers within five years, said traffic officials.


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