More than one bus driver a week in Glasgow was caught by police last year running red lights across the city.

New figures, gathered using a freedom of information request, show that a total of 56 buses ran through traffic lights in 2018, up from 43 in 2017.

Since 2015, the number of buses which have been found to be running read lights by police has more than doubled, up by 133 per cent from 24 incidents that year.

In the first month of 2019, three drivers had been caught.

These numbers only cover those drivers who have been caught by activations on fixed cameras, and do not include those stopped or recorded by police officers.

As a result of these captures by cameras, 47 drivers have been issued with fixed penalty notice or were reported to the procurator fiscal.

These figures also show that there has been a stark increase in the number of punishments dished out, up by 135 per cent from 20 in 2015.

While the released information does not show which bus company the offending drivers worked for, operators from across Glasgow have said that their drivers are fully trained to follow the rules of the road.

A spokeswoman for McGill's said: "McGill’s works closely with our driver teams to uncover and examine reasons why drivers might be tempted to do this.

"A red light should always be complied with and we will always take action if a team member failed to stop.”

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach bus added: “We are not aware that any of these reported incidents involved Stagecoach, however our drivers are professionally trained and, like all road users including car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, it is essential that they follow the Highway Code at all times."

When approached, both First Glasgow and the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Scotland declined to comment on the figures.

This latest information comes after the Evening Times carried out a crackdown on instances of poor driving by bus drivers.

So far, we have highlighted dozens of examples of buses who have ran red lights or parked dangerously on box junctions.

The main action of the campaign, the 'Busted Blitz', saw reporters take part in a half-hour "watch", with 15 buses spotted driving through red lights.

First, Stagecoach and McGill's have all committed to investigating instances of poor driving by bus drivers.

But some transport bosses have hit back at the campaign, with First Bus disputing some of the evidence provided.