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Driver has £30 'bus gate' fine overturned because of unclear warnings

Article Published On 20/08/2014 14:33:00
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Driver Steve Strickland has had a fine for driving through a 'bus gate' overturned by a tribunal because the warning signs were not clear enough.The 55-year-old was caught by a camera turning into the 'bus gate', a road where only buses are allowed.The ban prevents cars accessing Nuthall roundabout from Nottingham Road.Nottinghamshire County Council only began enforcing the restriction, applicable Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6.30pm including Bank Holidays, earlier this year.Three-hundred drivers have been caught out on Bank Holidays alone this year, including Mr Strickland.He was snapped at just before 5.45pm on Monday, May 5.But he argued the warnings were not clear enough and his case went to a Traffic Penalty Tribunal.Earlier this month that tribunal ruled in his favour, meaning he does not have to pay the £30 fine.He said: "It took me a lot of hours filling in the tribunal form but this is much more than about the money aspect."I was extremely shocked when I got the fine through. The fact that they are using this bus gate on Bank Holidays is crazy. "On that day there were very few buses and there was no rush-hour traffic."He added: "It is nice to have won the case. I wonder how many more of the 300 people who have been fined may come forward now."Tribunal adjudicator Stephen Knapp wrote to Mr Strickland, of Nuthall, on August 14 to notify him of his decision.His decision for read: "It is for the council to demonstrate that there was adequate signing of the restriction but the quality of the evidence about this is poor."Mr Knapp said there were two signs in place, but added: "Based on this evidence my judgement is that the two signs were not readily visible to approaching drivers and could not be regarded as adequate."Nuthall councillor Philip Owen said: "I believe the Council should refund all penalty charges to which this mistake applies." The county council said extra signs have been put in since Mr Strickland was caught.Andy Warrington, service director for highways, said: "Extra signs were put in at the end of June on the approach to the island and local people are well aware that the bus gate is there."

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