Chatham bus station fine victory
A pensioner who got a
ticket for driving through Chatham’s controversial bus station has
won his fight against his fine.
Now Peter Willson is hoping
his victory will pave the way for other people to successfully
appeal against their tickets.
Mr Willson, 75, decided to
take his wife on a trip down memory lane in May and revisit Medway,
where they were brought up, for the first time in several
Using the route they
remembered, the pair made it to the Towns where they realised the
road system had "altered drastically" and they became unsure how to
find the Historic Dockyard.
As they approached the new
bus station from Railway Street they continued driving without
realising they were breaking the traffic rules.
Days later a parking ticket
for £60 turned up on the doormat at their home.
Mr Willson has been fighting
to overturn it ever since on the grounds of inadequate
After a hearing at the
Traffic Penalty Tribunal on Tuesday, it was declared he had won his
Mr Willson said: "I never thought I wouldn’t win. You
cannot have thousands and thousands of people continually not
seeing the signage as it is displayed today. All these cases have
been so well documented by the media it makes me wonder if Medway
Council realise the seriousness of this problem."
Another case held earlier in
the day was said to be refused after the driver approached the
station from another road.
On average 90 drivers a day
are fined for breaking the rules, earning Medway Council more than
£120,000 to date.
Mr Willson, of Bearsted, near
Maidstone, is now awaiting the written judgement from the tribunal,
which he hopes will enable him to help others who have also been
fined on the same route.
He added: "I didn’t do this
just for me – I did it because I want to get all the fines
In April this year the Traffic Penalty Tribunal ruled that
signage on a bus lane in Hemel Hempstead was unlawful leading to
Hertfordshire County Council having to to repay £1.3m collected in
'There is sufficient signage'
- Medway Council
A spokesman for Medway Council
said: "We intend to appeal against this decision which has been
taken by just one adjudicator, despite the fact that many of his
colleagues have already ruled there is more than sufficient signage
around the bus station and Waterfront Way.
"We note that the adjudicator
gave his reasons for overturning the fine because of lack of
signage on Waterfront Way, when in fact this car was fined for
driving through Globe Lane, a completely different road, which does
not make sense.
"It is is
dangerous to drive through the bus station, which is for buses and
taxis only, and we’d like to point out to all drivers considering
doing it that they not only face a fine but they run the risk of
causing injury to the tens of thousands of passengers, including
school children, that use it every week.
"The bus station is ringed with
15 signs and other road markings asking motorists not to drive
through it, as well as big yellow signs with black lettering
warning people that the road layout has changed and not to follow
their sat nav."
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