The MTA has installed surveillance cameras on NYC bus lanes. These cameras record license plates of cars that illegally cross into them, which information is used to issue tickets to violators. These tickets will be a whopping $115 (much more than the $50 fine for tickets issued by red light cameras).
These cameras are currently operational on the East Side of Manhattan. Bus lanes on First and Second Avenue will be the first to be enforced with cameras.
Motorists are allowed to use a bus lane only for permitted right turns and expeditious passenger pick ups or drop offs.
A bus lane camera ticket is like a parking ticket (i.e., no points and no driving record consequences). If a police officer issues a bus lane ticket, it also carries no points but will appear on your driver ‘s license (occasionally, police officers issue these tickets under VTL 1110a – disobey a traffic control device – which carries 2 points).