The people of Britain have become quite adept at squirming out of paying council fines.
Whether it’s roads “don’t exist” or outraged by accusations of “human rights abuses,” hundreds struggle to save money every year.
But travel company Connextions has had a much easier time proving its innocence recently.
One of the company’s Singer-Decker buses rolled down a lane reserved for public transport on York Road, Leeds, on October 24.
It passed a camera in the bus lane at 1:23 p.m. on the way to pick up passengers.
A fine demanding payment of £70 later landed in Connextion’s head office mailbox.
The enforcement notice states that their bus violated a rule about traveling in a bus lane during restricted hours… even though it is a bus.
A photo of the single-tier Connexions service, covering West and North Yorkshire, was attached to the fine in a “case-evidence report”.
Owner Craig Temple said the council deserved “top marks” for monitoring, but added that the fines system “clearly isn’t working”.
“I’ve heard from other companies in the country where it happened, but it’s never happened to us,” he said.
“It’s a bus that we haven’t bought for long, so not in our colors yet, but it’s still registered as a bus.”
“I’ll frame the letter and put it in the office,” Mr Temple also joked.
Leeds City Council has apologized for the mistake.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “The ticket was issued in error and has now been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/11/05/bus-driver-on-way-to-bus-stop-slapped-with-fine-for-being-in-bus-lane-17705403/ Bus driver fined on way to bus stop for being in bus lane