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Watch: North Vancouver bus lane bandit fined $1,500

The hefty bill for a driver nabbed speeding in a bus lane to avoid bridge traffic should be a warning to others, North Vancouver RCMP say.
The driver of a white Ford F-150 is seen speeding down North Vancouver’s Main Street bus lane. | North Vancouver RCMP

A driver caught speeding his Ford F-150 down the bus lane to avoid North Shore bridge traffic has been fined $1,500.

The incident, which happened in October 2023, was captured on a North Vancouver RCMP motorcycle constable’s helmet cam.

At the time, the RCMP had been receiving complaints about drivers misusing the Main Street bus lane leading to the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrow Crossing.

In the video, the driver in his white F-150 is seen blasting through the intersection of Main Street and Lynn Avenue “well above” the 50-kilometre-per-hour speed limit.

The constable then makes a quick U-turn, puts their cherries on and pulls the driver over at a gas station near the bridgehead.

The Vancouver man was charged with a careless driving offence under the Motor Vehicle Act. He appeared in North Vancouver Provincial Court on Feb. 14 where he was fined $1,500 and had three demerit points put on his licence, according to a release from the RCMP.

North Vancouver RCMP Const. Mansoor Sahak acknowledged the frustration people experience sitting in traffic, but he added the case should serve as a warning to others who may be tempted to use the bus lane as a shortcut.

“Just be warned that our officers are out there conducting enforcement at all hours of the day, and you could be stopped at any point while you’re breaking the law,” he said. “Don’t take your chances and just follow the rules. We all have to sit in traffic, unfortunately. We can’t use the bus lane as a way to cut through. It’s just not fair and it’s illegal and it also stalls the buses as well.”

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