Arrived home to a letter from teh coonsil advising that I has contravened a bus lane.
Confused, 'cos I don't do that.
Pics however prove otherwise, and I recognise it as a road quite near the house. It is one of these (stupid) 24hr bus lanes so you can never use it. Even more confusing that I have then....
Hardly any traffic around, and it occured ay 16:40 on a Saturday.
Really confused now. Why have i done that?
Picture taken at a junction. Traffic lights. Bus lane and main route both go straight ahead, and there is a smaller road going off to the right.
Then I spot the rear bumper of the car in the outside lane (ie the only lane that isn't a bus lane) - just leaving the shot in the first of two images.
Aha - coming back to me now. I was approaching the junction - he was turning right with traffic coming the other way, so I moved into the bus lane to go round him, then moved into the correct lane again.
Quick research suggests that the highway code doesn't cover this very well. Some councils (eg Notingham City) publish further guidance as shown below, but this isn't taken from the HC.
There are a small number of reasons when it is OK to drive in a bus lane during the time it is in operation. Among these are;
• when directed to do so by a police officer in uniform;
• to avoid a collision or debris in the road;
• to drop off or pick up a passenger;
• to undertake a vehicle turning right(in this case ensure that the route back out of the bus lane is clear before undertaking);
• To enter or exit a driveway to a roadside property.
In all cases it is expected that the stay in the bus lane is as brief as possible.
£60 fine, reduced to £30 if I pay up within 28days.
If I wish to make any representation (ie contest it) I lose the option of the £30 fine - it will either be cancelled or I'll be told it is £60 (or take it to court of course).
So start battling out of principle, or pay up the 30 notes and forget about it?