Becky Barrow examines the rise in fines for driving in bus lanes in the Sunday Times. Spurred by receiving a fine of her own, her research shows that following the introduction of the Traffic Management Act 2004 there were 9,838 tickets issued by one council (Reading in Berkshire) in 2006. In 2012-13, the latest year for which figures are available, councils outside London issued a record 554,773 bus lane fines. In London the figure was 242,541, raising an estimated £70m that year. Some experts suspect councils may be shifting their resources away from parking and towards bus lane penalties, writes Ms Barrow. "Bus lane fines are the new parking fines," said one source, who did not wish to be named.