Drivers who received a fine for using the new Fishergate bus lane could receive a reprieve.Advertisement
A hearing begins today in Preston as traffic inspector assess whether a number of appeals are valid against the traffic measures in the city centre.
Lancashire County Council made a section of Fishergate a restricted bus lane (between 11am and 6pm) in late October last year.
Since then tens of thousands of motorists have been issued with a £60 fine for breaking the rule.
However, many have appealed their fines saying the signage is not adequate so they unknowingly drove down the bus lane.
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The Traffic Penalty Tribunal Hearing takes place at the Legacy International Hotel in Marsh Lane during today (Wednesday 22 February) and will hear six test cases.
A spokeswoman for the Traffic Tribunal said: “A decision will be issued in approximately fortnight’s time. The adjudicator has a lot of evidence to look through before they come to a decision.”
One motorists who has been appealing said signage has only recently been improved.
He said: “How can you (Lancashire County Council) just ignore genuine confusion caused by your badly signed junction? The signs may originally have met the minimum requirements, but in a real world situation at a confusing junction you need more than the bare minimum unless it was, as many suspect, nothing more than a deliberate act to catch out unsuspecting motorists and thereby generate some desperately needed revenue.”
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The new traffic layout was put in by the county council in response to city centre congestion, primarily during peak shopping periods, and as part of the £3.4million shared space.
On New Year’s Eve the county council announced it was scrapping the bus lane, before u-turning a few days later, saying the ‘trial period’ would be extended until April.
A second bus lane, in Tithebarn Street, has been put on hold after it was announced and met with a fierce backlash from traders and motorists.
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