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More buses to be fitted with cameras

More local buses will be fitted with surveillance cameras that authorities hope will deter vehicles from jamming the bus-only lanes during rush hours.

The No. 43, 802 and 71 buses are among the second batch of buses which will have surveillance cameras fitted on them, a year after similar cameras were installed on buses that play on route No. 127.

The bus lanes are off-limits to other vehicles during morning and afternoon rush hours to ensure smooth running of the services. However, many vehicles use the lanes to beat the heavy traffic, worsening the already jammed roads.

About 30 buses on bus No. 43 will be equipped with the cameras by next month. The 14-kilometer route plies between Nanpu Bridge and Hongcao Road S. and passes through busy Xujiahui and Caoxi roads which has an estimated 10km of bus-only lanes.

In May last year, cameras were installed on buses along route No. 127 on a trial basis.

Errant vehicles were caught on the cameras and slapped with tickets by the traffic police at a later date. More than 200 tickets had been issued based on camera evidences.



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