Saturday 16 December 2017

Driver fined for crossing bus lane... but says there's no other way to enter Tesco store

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A motorist has been fined in the UK for driving on a bus lane as he entered a Tesco car park.

Tony Sherwin claims he was forced to cross the route after the store on Holderness Road, east Hull changed its entrance earlier this year.

Mr Sherwin (36) is believed to be one of a number of supermarket customers to have fallen foul of the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera at the site.

According to the Daily Mirror, he contested the penalty but lost and has now filed a complaint with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal claiming he had no other way to enter the supermarket.

The newspaper is reporting that the case has attracted the attention of motoring lawyer Nick Freeman - better known as Mr Loophole - who is now demanding the fine is scrapped and the bus lane altered.

Hull council has released footage of the incident and in a statement to the Hull Daily Mail a spokeswoman said "clear signage is in place advising motorists of bus lane enforcement".

"In this particular case, the motorist entered the bus lane far too early and contravened regulations.

"We are currently awaiting a decision from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal about the outcome of the appeal.

"Bus lanes are enforceable Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 9:30am for all routes into the city centre and 4pm to 6:30pm for all routes out of the city centre."

A spokesman 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."

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