Friday 30 September 2016

'Human error' led to driver getting speeding fine when parked in lay-by

Published 10/11/2015 | 14:21

A driver received a speeding ticket in Telford despite being parked in a lay-by at the time
A driver received a speeding ticket in Telford despite being parked in a lay-by at the time

A driver wrongly hit with a £100 speeding fine despite his car being parked near a Chinese takeaway has been told human error led to the blunder.

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Dave Copeland was inside the takeaway waiting for his order when a passing motorbike triggered a speed camera in Telford, Shropshire.

An investigation by the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership found that Mr Copeland's vehicle was captured in the same photograph as the offending bike, which was doing 35mph in a 30mph zone.

A safer roads partnership spokeswoman said: "When the speed camera was triggered on this occasion, there were two vehicles in the picture taken by the camera.

"Due to human error, the wrong vehicle registration was processed and the ticket was therefore sent out to the wrong motorist.

"Errors like this are extremely rare and - as this person found out - are corrected as soon as we are made aware of them."

Mr Copeland contacted the partnership to complain after being informed of the supposed offence on October 30.

The 35-year-old electrician was then assured that the speed camera picture showed his car in a lay-by.

"I knew something had to be wrong," Mr Copeland said. "Apparently in the picture you can clearly see a motorbike on the road."

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