Fine for driver who crossed bus lane to get into supermarket

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Celebrity 'Mr Loophole' lawyer Nick Freeman has waded into a battle between a driver and council bosses.

Tony Sherwin has been fined for driving into a bus lane as he turned into a Tesco Express car park in Hull.

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The furious motorist has contested the penalty, an appeal he lost, and has now filed a complaint with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal as he says he had no other way of getting into the supermarket.

But council bosses have released footage of him driving in the bus lane in a bid to explain why the fine was issued, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

The case has attracted the attention of motoring lawyer Nick Freeman - better known as Mr Loophole - who is now demanding the fine is scrapped and the bus lane altered.

Credits: Hull Daily Mail

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Lawyer Nick Freeman has taken up the case

Earlier this year, Tesco changed the entrance and exit to its store, meaning motorists are now forced to cross into the bus lane in order to access the shop in Holderness Road, east Hull.

Mr Sherwin, 36, is believed to be one of a number of supermarket customers to have fallen foul of the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera at the site.

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.

Credits: Hull Daily Mail

Credits: Hull Daily Mail

Tony Sherwin is contesting the fine

"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 fashioned 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 "recommended" council highways bosses drive along the stretch of road as a matter of urgency, and "do the honourable thing in relation to this situation."

"In other words, cancel the fine and move the bus lane," he added.

Last week, call centre worker Mr Sherwin, said: "I want to take this further. It's not for my benefit, and it would be easier to pay the £30, but the reason I want to take it to a tribunal is because they need to take notice and do something because it's not fair.

"It makes me feel sick. I try to be a law abiding citizen and I always watch the speed limit, but I feel like they are just targeting innocent motorists as a cash cow.

Credits: Hull Daily Mail

"They are saying that you should turn at the last minute which is dangerous. What if you have a cyclist in your blind spot? It just doesn't make sense."

A council spokeswoman said: "Clear signage is in place advising motorists of bus lane enforcement, and in this particular case, the motorist entered the bus lane far too early and contravened regulations.

"We are currently awaiting a decision from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal about the outcome of the appeal.

"Bus lanes are enforceable Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 9:30am for all routes into the city centre and 4pm to 6:30pm for all routes out of the city centre."

A Tesco spokesman added: "We have been in touch with the local authority on behalf of our customers to raise their concerns about the fines issued and to see if there is anything further they can do to help explain and resolve the situation."

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