Blackburn bus lane fines overturned after driving via ‘unclear’ indicators

A Lancashire councillor says he has received a dispute over fines he is acquired from driving in a Blackburn bus lane twice, claiming that the indicators should not seen.

David Birtwhistle was caught driving via a bus lane within the Ewood space on two separate events on the finish of August this 12 months. On the best way to visiting his father, David handed via the bus lane located on Aqueduct Highway, however claims he was not conscious of the restrictions in place on the time.

Nonetheless, this wasn’t the one time the incident occurred, as he returned down the identical route the next day and once more, drove down the bus lane. Speaking to LancsLive, David stated: “I acquired a name and I went down to go to my father and on my method via Ewood, I drove via the bus lane.

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“Then, I went again the next day and handed via it once more, however I seen it this time and thought, that bus lane wasn’t there earlier than. It was a Financial institution Vacation Monday so there wasn’t a whole lot of site visitors, however I requested my sister who stated it modified just a few years in the past.”

Upon his return to the street, David seen the indicators, but in addition one thing much more stark, claiming that these indicators weren’t very seen for drivers on the street. When he acquired the advantageous, the Ribble Valley councillor determined to contest it, however in the end he was denied and so, pondering that the problem wanted to be handled, determined to take the matter to a tribunal.

David Birtwhistle claims the signs for the upcoming bus lane are not visible on the road
David Birtwhistle claims the indicators for the upcoming bus lane should not seen on the street

David added: “Once you strategy, there isn’t any prior warning of the oncoming bus lane till you attain the junction. There’s additionally a short lived street signal blocking your view of different indicators, which should not be there.

“I took the case to a tribunal, which I received. Nonetheless, the council acknowledged that there are utilities below the center island, which means it is not capable of take a put up.

“The adjudicator within the tribunal requested why there is not an hooked up 90-degree bracket on the present site visitors gentle. Additionally they requested why a ‘No Entry’ roundel wasn’t positioned on the right-hand facet in an effort to draw consideration to it.”

The temporary road sign that David claims obscures the bus lane signage
The non permanent street signal that David claims obscures the bus lane signage

David additionally argues that different indicators on Aqueduct Avenue that are there to tell drivers of the upcoming bus lane, solely work if the motive force in query is conscious of native street names, with the signal stating that “Entry to Bolton Highway restricted forward.”

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have advised LancsLive that they’re unable to touch upon this matter because the case is presently ongoing.


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