A man has branded Hull City Council “the mafia” after it fined his father £60 for turning into a Tesco car park over a bus lane.
His dad was caught on CCTV entering the supermarket via a left turn over a bus lane, despite him only using it to avoid other traffic, as you can see in the footage here.
“It would have been impossible for my dad to turn without entering the bus lane outside Tesco but he still got fined for it,” said the man.
“The Highway Code advises motorists to turn in traffic within good time, but the way the store is laid out means you have to potentially risk killing someone to avoid a fine.
“This is by turning before the bus lane as they might be in your blind spot and you wouldn’t see them. Far too many people have been fined for going in this particular bus lane when they had no other choice.”
His father, who is 52, has no previous driving offences and does not want to be named, has been left disgusted by the fine but said that it would be too stressful to contest, but his son is willing to take up the fight on his behalf.
“It’s an outrageous scam that’s just an easy way for the council to make money – it’s like the work of the mafia,” said the son.
“It was difficult to actually pay the fine on the council website and we worried about the potential of an increased fine if we appealed. The council and Tesco need to work together to move the bus lane further up the road and away from the store.”
Hull City Council released a statement that read: “When a fine is appealed it is frozen at the level it is appealed at in order to give the motorist a fair opportunity to have their appeal investigated.
“If it is found to be contravening bus lane regulations and appealed at the discounted rate, then the £30 fine will be upheld. At this particular junction, the bus lane meets all the required safety regulations stipulated within the highways legislation.
“Clear signage is in place advising motorists of bus lane enforcement, and we advise the motorist to contact the council directly to appeal his fine by calling 01482 300 300.”
Tesco said in a statement: “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.”