The country’s best-known traffic lawyer is backing a motorist’s fight against a bus lane fine imposed by Hull City Council.
Thirty-six-year-old Tony Sherwin contacted Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, via social media after being fined £30 for driving in the bus lane on Holderness Road to visit a supermarket.
Mr Sherwin appealed the fine, which he lost, and has subsequently lodged a complaint with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.
Earlier this year Tesco changed the entrance and exit to its Tesco Express store, meaning that motorists are now forced to enter into the bus lane in order to access the shop.
Mr Sherwin is one of a number of supermarket customers to have subsequently been fined because they drove a short distance in the bus lane, which is in the nearside lane, before turning left into the Tesco entrance.
Mr Freeman, whose clients include David Beckham, Jeremy Clarkson and Jimmy Carr, said: “Mr Sherwin contacted me seeking my legal opinion in relation to this matter.
“I think his fine should be set aside and the bus lane should commence after the entrance to avoid infringing Section 103 of the Highway Code.
“Motorists are advised to give clear signals in plenty of time which are not misleading and do not lead to confusion. The current geographical layout prevents all three aspects of this section of the code being complied with.
“Moreover, with this existing layout, motorists have to cut from the outside lane across the bus lane to access the Tesco entrance. This is not only dangerous but also forces the motorist into the bus lane during prohibited times.
“In my view good old fashion sense should prevail and the commencement of the bus lane should be moved a few yards further up Holderness Road.
“The current system entraps the motorist to commit an offence and Mr Sherwin is correct in stating that motorists in this particular circumstance are being used as cash cows.”
Mr Freeman added: “I therefore recommend that council highways chiefs drive this stretch of road as a matter of urgency and do the honourable thing in relation to this situation, in other words they cancel the fine and move the bus lane.”
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