BUS LANE roadhogs are in the firing line.
A crackdown on motorists who abuse bus lanes is about to start.
Throughout this month, police officers will be patrolling across West Yorkshire - including Huddersfield - to catch drivers who are in bus lanes when they should not be.
The police costs will be partly met by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.
All vehicles except buses are banned from the lanes between certain hours - usually peak-traffic times - to allow buses to avoid congestion and run to schedule.
Clr Stanley King, chairman of West Yorkshire public transport organisers Metro, said: "Every year Metro, councils and bus operators invest in schemes to improve public transport.
"But all this good work is for nothing if car users block bus lanes and restricted areas, park in bus stop lay-bys and prevent passengers from using the special level access stops we are introducing."
Bus lanes have blue roadside signs indicating when cars are banned from using them.
In traffic-heavy towns and cities, some bus lanes are permanently off limits to other vehicles.
Any non-bus driver seen in a bus lane while it is off-limits will be stopped by police and given a fixed penalty notice of up to £60.
Police will also check the vehicle's condition, tax and insurance details to see if the driver is committing other motoring offences.
Police will also be looking out for people parked in other restricted areas, such as no parking or no turning areas.
The bus lane blitz has been organised by West Yorkshire Police, the region's five district councils and Metro.
This is the second time a bus-lane crackdown has been staged.
Last year's efforts resulted in 2,500 motoring offences being detected across the county.
This included people who were driving while disqualified or without insurance.
Chief Insp Keith Boughen, of West Yorkshire Police's Target team, said: "While the majority of road users obey parking and bus lane restrictions, a small number of people continue to break the law and make driving inconvenient or hazard- ous for others.
"People who flout traffic laws can cause accidents.
"To reduce these incidents we will take action where necessary and will continue to reinforce the message to drivers through prosecution and fixed penalty tickets."
* There are three bus lanes in Huddersfield - on Lockwood Road, Wakefield Road and Leeds Road.
Fixed penalty notices are between £30 and £60 usually and are issued by the police.