Plymouth man given parking fine 'for an act of courtesy'
A MOTORIST claims he was unfairly ticketed by the Plymouth camera car for an "act of courtesy".
David Bailey said he was caught on camera when he pulled into a bus bay to let traffic pass. He said he was "horrified and angry" to receive a fixed penalty for stopping at a bus stop in Hyde Park Road.
Mr Bailey, a theatre enthusiast, was on his way to St Gabriel's church hall, next to the Hyde Park shops, for a play rehearsal when he was snapped by the city council's camera car.
An appeal to the council fell on deaf ears, he said.
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"As I was approaching the parking area just ahead of me I noticed a car indicating to pull out," he explained.
"So rather than block the road as there was a bus stopped on the opposite side I pulled in for a few seconds to allow the traffic behind me to pass without causing a tailback.
"Unbeknown to me the van behind was the council's detector van.
"I was still moving when he caught me on camera and pulled out immediately to park in the end space near the butchers.
"I think it is totally unfair to receive a fine for an act of road courtesy."
A council spokeswoman said: "Mr Bailey was given a penalty charge for being after parked in a restricted bus stop on Saturday September 15.
"He has made an appeal to the council which has subsequently been rejected following a review of the camera car footage.
"The footage shows him to be stationary with a person speaking to him from outside the vehicle."
Mr Bailey told The Herald that the person seen speaking to him was merely warning him about the camera car.
The council spokeswoman said: "The camera car is used to tackle all illegal parking, including in bus lanes and in bus stops.
"This is to help reduce congestion, to improve bus punctuality and to keep motorists and passengers in vehicles safe."
She said Mr Bailey had the right to take his appeal to the independent Traffic Penalty Tribunal.