Outrage over Shepherd's Bush £1m bus lane
Londoners are up in arms and trying to claw back some £1m of “unfair” motoring fines, after a Shepherd’s Bush bus lane was attacked as confusing and unlawful.
The West London lane has left 11,000 motorists slapped with penalties over the last few years but residents have long complained that the bus lane is not properly signposted, and does not conform to Transport for London standards.
Independent adjudicators have now sided with motorists and various appeals have been upheld, with the £130 fines being struck down.
The bus lane signposting is deemed to be clearly confusing with indicators only appearing once the driver has entered the restricted zone, not before, as required by TfL standards.
Anti-bus lane campaigner Phillip Morgan has been spearheading the charge against the lane.
“It is very confusing; motorists veer into the southbound bus lane while trying to avoid another one at the side of the road,” Morgan told London Evening Standard. “But the bus lane is unusual; it tapers from a narrow point and then gets wider, so that drivers don’t initially know they are in it.
“Suddenly after 10 yards they see the blue sign and think ‘oh my God’ but it’s too late and they get a £130 fine,” he added.
Morgan and other campaigners now insist that the council pay back the £1m in fines amassed.
The bus lane has been operating in Hammersmith and Fulham since 2006 and the council continues to say that the lane is lawful and that all possible measures have been taken to ensure it conforms to existing regulations.
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