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Motorist given parking ticket whilst stuck in traffic

A motorist was given a parking ticket whilst queuing in traffic, because he was ‘parked’ in a bus stop.

A motorist who was waiting in traffic, his car ‘parked’ in an area marked out for buses, has been handed a parking ticket. Victor Hankins claimed that his parking ticket was “an absolute joke” and appealed against the fine.

After receiving the fine in the post, Mr Hankins consulted the Highway code rules on waiting in a bus stop and realised he had done nothing wrong. 

Mr Hankins then made an appeal in writing, but did not hear back from Bradford Council. Mr Hankins said: “I told them that I would be removing the appeal and I’d be seeing them in court and I wanted the camera operative in the court with me.”

Mr Hankins says the council has since apologised and cancelled the penalty notice. Bradford Council stated: “All images are checked before a Penalty Charge Notice is issued. In this case a mistake was made. When we find out that we have issued a penalty notice in error we cancel it and refund as appropriate.” 

Bradford Council added: “We continue to monitor and review performance regularly to ensure any errors are minimised.” 

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