Bradford Council scraps couple's fine over bus lane use after T&A intervenes

Bradford Council scraps couple's fine over bus lane use after T&A intervenes

Bradford Council scraps couple's fine over bus lane use after T&A intervenes

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A couple who were caught out by strict bus lane cameras after pulling over to let an ambulance pass have had their fine cancelled, after their case was taken up by the Telegraph & Argus.

Maurice and Lilian Owens were travelling back from Shipley to their North Yorkshire home on the A650 Bradford Road, when the emergency vehicle approached with its lights flashing and siren sounding.

Mr Owens, who was driving, pulled over into the bus lane to allow the ambulance to pass, then continued on his way.

Much to his surprise he then received an automatic penalty charge notice through the post for £60 from Bradford Council.

But despite contacting the ambulance service and receiving confirmation that one of their vehicles had been in the vicinity at the time responding to an incident with blue lights and sirens, the Council refused to accept this as grounds for an appeal.

A frustrated Mrs Owens said: “We knew we had pulled into the bus lane – and if we had done it without an ambulance trying to get past we would have just paid the fine.

“It’s not about the money. To me this is an easy way for the Council to make money. For them there are no grey areas – it is black and white.”

The Council has now confirmed to the T&A that after reviewing the case the fine has been waived.

A spokesman said: “We have reviewed this case and, after consideration, taken the decision to cancel the penalty charge notice. We have written to Mr Owens to confirm this.”

Upon hearing the news, Mrs Owens said: “I appreciate it, however what about other people that are in the same situation?

“I think there are some circumstances that are exceptional and need to be looked at on an individual basis.”

The Highway Code advises drivers to take appropriate action to let an emergency vehicle using flashing lights and sirens pass, while complying with all traffic signs. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, it adds.

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9:16am Thu 3 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

So when cars do not pull over now after this will the Council fine the Ambulance?
So when cars do not pull over now after this will the Council fine the Ambulance? Joedavid
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4:14pm Thu 3 Apr 14

yezboss says...

I would urge anyone who gets such a penalty to appeal the whole distance all the way to the Traffic Penalties Appeals Service if necessary as most of Bradford Bus Gates or Lanes are illegally signed anyway both with regard to posted signs and white lines. (And they know it) The staff at the Council Office which deals don't have much discretion and if they have rarely excercise it! Appeal, Appeal, Appeal. The recent issue in York is similar. Signs illegal, procedures illegal. Penalty Charges illegal.
I would urge anyone who gets such a penalty to appeal the whole distance all the way to the Traffic Penalties Appeals Service if necessary as most of Bradford Bus Gates or Lanes are illegally signed anyway both with regard to posted signs and white lines. (And they know it) The staff at the Council Office which deals don't have much discretion and if they have rarely excercise it! Appeal, Appeal, Appeal. The recent issue in York is similar. Signs illegal, procedures illegal. Penalty Charges illegal. yezboss
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