Should this driver have received a fine for using a bus lane to turn left? | Cars | Life & Style
A motorist has been handed a fine for turning left into a Tesco car park in Hull, after being caught in a bus lane.
The son of the driver has, however, claimed that it would’ve been impossible for his dad to turn into the Tesco without entering the bus lane.
He said to the Hull Daily Mail: “It would have been impossible for my dad to turn without entering the bus lane outside Tesco but he still got fined for it.
“The Highway Code advises motorists to turn in traffic within good time, but the way the store is laid out means you have to potentially risk killing someone to avoid a fine.
“This is by turning before the bus lane as they might be in your blind spot and you wouldn’t see them.”
He continued on to describe it as a “scam” and claimed that other drivers have also been penalised at this spot due to the layout of the road.
“Far too many people have been fined for going in this particular bus lane when they had no other choice.
“It’s an outrageous scam that’s just an easy way for the council to make money – it’s like the work of the mafia.”
He is now calling upon Hull City Council to change the bus lane to stop more drivers being penalised and added that this was the first mark against his father’s licence in over 30 years of driving.
He said: “It was difficult to actually pay the fine on the council website and we worried about the potential of an increased fine if we appealed.
“The council and Tesco need to work together to move the bus lane further up the road and away from the store.”
Drivers caught in the bus lane can face a fine of £60 for entering the bus lane but it can be halved if paid within a particular time period.
A Hull City Council spokesperson, said: “When a fine is appealed it is frozen at the level it is appealed at in order to give the motorist a fair opportunity to have their appeal investigated.
“If it is found to be contravening bus lane regulations and appealed at the discounted rate, then the £30 fine will be upheld.
“At this particular junction, the bus lane meets all the required safety regulations stipulated within the highways legislation.
“Clear signage is in place advising motorists of bus lane enforcement, and we advise the motorist to contact the council directly to appeal his fine by calling 01482 300 300.”
A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We have been in touch with the local authority on behalf of our customers to raise their concerns about the fines issued and to see if there is anything further they can do to help explain and resolve the situation.”