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Mark Golds-Jones, 55, appealed the £ 60 fine because he claimed he did not know the lane was reserved for buses. AAn independent panel ruled in its favor this week after finding there was only one temporary sign in Nottingham city center warning motorists.

This ends a fierce dispute Mr Golds-Jones has had with the Labor-led Nottingham City Council since the April 8 incident. It was the first time he had driven in the city since changes were made to the road network in September 2020, reports the Nottingham Post.

The driver said: “It upset me because looking at him I made a real mistake. I was just trying to get home.

“I don’t dispute that I did it, but I wanted a little discretion.

“I managed to get to where I wanted to go but in no time I managed to get a £ 60 fine.

“I had no idea.”

The board expressed sadness at the decision, but said it would review its signage.

Mr Golds-Jones initially appealed the decision to city council, but saw the fine upheld.

He therefore took the case to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, which is examining the circumstances surrounding such fines in England and Wales.

The independent adjudicator of the tribunal concluded that the solitary sign “did not meet the required legal standard”.

Mr Golds-Jones added: “The reasons I won the appeal were that the sign did not meet legal requirements.

“If I’ve been there, how many other people have just been there, didn’t challenge it and then paid?”

“The reason the decision was made so quickly is that others had the same problem, and they based that decision on what other referees said.”

Social media users praised Mr. Golds-Jones’ tenacity.

Of course I say! I was fined at the same time on this road, I tried to appeal, ”writes one Nottingham resident.

“Sounds like a pretty petty fine anyway,” another article read.

A third says: “Good for him. The city council really messed up our roads. “

The Traffic Sanctions Tribunal report said: “The most important front sign to help him avoid the bus lane was a temporary sign mounted on a tripod on the traffic island under the traffic light, on the driver’s right side, at the point out that Maid Marian Way merges with Greyfriars Gate.

“This is a point at which the driver looks to the left to avoid merging the traffic. A sign mounted on a tripod is not the recommended height for permanent signs in the government sign manual.

“In accordance with the decisions made by myself and by other arbitrators in a number of appeals, I find that the signage did not meet the required legal standard. For this reason, this appeal is allowed.”

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: “Naturally we are disappointed that we lost this case with the arbitration service on this occasion.

“We have tried to make it as clear as possible to motorists that there is a new road layout in this area, which includes a bus door.

“We know that for the past nine months the changes have been in place, over 99% of traffic successfully follows the new layout and signage – and that out of nine calls, four were rejected.

“This call is for a type of temporary sign that we will review and deal with accordingly, but the signs we use comply with national law and significant signage was in place six months before the changes were implemented.

“However, we have made some adjustments to the signage in response to previous calls and will be looking again to see if further improvements can be made to the signage, markings and layout.

“The new road alignment has been put in place to facilitate the long-awaited transformation of the Broadmarsh area. Development work continues to create a welcoming new entrance to the city from the south, with reduced traffic in the area already bringing improvements – and more to come as our work progresses.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-21 13:40:00