Driver angry after being fined for using bus lane

Peter Ledger who received a ticket for driving in a bus lane but says at the time the enforcement notices were misleading
Peter Ledger who received a ticket for driving in a bus lane but says at the time the enforcement notices were misleading
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A Sheffield man is warning other motorists of confusing signs across the city after he received a fine for using a bus lane.

Peter Ledger was delivering to a company at the bottom of Broad Street, in the city centre, when he got the fine.

On approaching the bus lane he noticed a sign saying traffic camera enforcement started on October 7.

After delivering to the company he reversed back out on to Broad Street, blocking the bus lane. He waited for a couple of minutes trying to get into the right lane, but got nowhere.

As he thought the camera was not being enforced and to clear the bus lane, he drove 50 yards along it to the roundabout.

Three days later Peter received a fine, which he paid immediately. But after looking at the sign again, he decided to appeal.

He drove past the sign again a few days later and noticed that it now read ‘traffic camera enforcement now in operation’.

Peter did not let things rest. He contacted Action Desk for help and started to research the Broad Street bus lane.

He discovered information on Sheffield Council’s website dated February 2014, which said that ‘cameras are being used to carry out the enforcement of the bus gate on South Lane and the Broad Street bus lane for the first time this year’, which further confirmed his belief that the bus lane was not due to be enforced until October, this year.

Peter said: “The point I’d like to get across isn’t about the money. If that gets refunded I will donate it to charity. It’s more about the confusing signs and information that’s out there for motorists.

“Signs say one thing or rather don’t say enough, the council say another and then the council website says another.”

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Action Desk contacted Sheffield Council to send them the results of Peter’s research.

Peter has since received a letter rejecting his appeal - a decision he plans to fight.

Action Desk has also not given up hope of getting a result.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council said: “We as a council will be in touch with Mr Ledger imminently in order to try and find a way forward.”