TMB’s innovative new car to improve public transport in Barcelona

TMB's innovative new car to improve public transport in Barcelona

In an effort to improve the efficiency and safety of public transport in Barcelona, the City Council and TMB have launched an innovative initiative: a new all-electric car designed to deter the invasion of unauthorized vehicles in the city’s bus lanes.

The measure, which has already gone into effect, seeks to address a long-standing concern among bus driving personnel and improve the travel experience for citizens.

The new TMB car is equipped with advanced technology that allows it to detect and sanction static infractions, such as parking or improper stops, in bus lanes.

Equipped with two exterior cameras and a touchscreen tablet inside, this vehicle can capture images of violations and send them to the Municipal Finance Institute for processing.

Fines for these infractions will range from 60 to 200 euros, depending on the seriousness of the infraction.

The new TMB car

This measure arises as a result of the collaboration between TMB and the City Council, with the aim of improving both the speed and safety of the bus in the city.

Bus driving staff have long been calling for actions to address the obstacles they face daily on the streets of Barcelona and this is one of them.

TMB’s new vehicle, which will be in the testing phase for two months before fully implementing its sanctioning activity, is an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Its distinctive design, with red and white colors and the identifying “Control fotográfico carril bus”, makes it easily recognizable in the streets of Barcelona. In addition, it is equipped with the latest technologies to ensure accurate image capture and efficient violation management.

To maximize its effectiveness, the TMB car will follow a planned route through the streets of Barcelona, focusing on areas where traffic violations are known to be most common.

Improvements to public transport in Barcelona

The main objective of this new TMB vehicle is to address one of the most important challenges facing the bus service: the obstruction of bus lanes by private vehicles or goods distribution vehicles.

TMB’s new car, a 100% electric Nissan Leaf, is equipped with advanced technology to carry out its task.

Two exterior cameras, one to read license plates and the other to capture the context, together with a touchscreen tablet inside the vehicle, allow violations to be recorded accurately and efficiently.

In addition, the car is designed to run on specific routes where there are known to be more traffic violations, during bus service hours and with two TMB workers on board to ensure its effectiveness.