You would be surprised at the number of people who have asked me that question.
I finally got the answer – yes they do. And it gets deducted from their wages.
It seems perverse that Transport for London lets the contracts for the bus services to private companies and then claws back some of that money by penalising the poorly paid men and women behind the wheel.
I don’t quite see how that fits into TfL’s vision of “A world class transport system that delivers the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods that enhances London’s economy, environment and social inclusion”.
For a start it plays havoc with the recruitment of drivers. It costs a bus company a few thousand pounds to train a new driver. If, in his first week ‘flying solo’, this driver gets a couple of traffic tickets, that is a large proportion of his/her wages down the toilet.
Many a newly qualified driver has decided that, under the circumstances, they can do better elsewhere.
Just another example of the sheer pointlessness of decriminalised traffic enforcement.