Police officer helps drivers who followed diversion to avoid fines
A POLICE officer has stood up for city motorists over fears they could face fines for following a police diversion along a bus lane during Tuesday's traffic chaos.
Acting Sergeant Ryan Canning, a response officer, stepped in after the gridlock sparked by the A38 crashes.
He has requested that the council cancel the automatic penalty notices triggered by bus lane enforcement cameras in Pemros Road.
A council official has confirmed they will prevent the fines being issued.
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In a series of Twitter messages yesterday, Acting Sgt Canning wrote: "Events on the #A38 yesterday & subsequent road closure, caused us to divert hundreds of vehicles through Pemros Rd, no doubt triggering... the Bus Lane cameras.
"I have spoken with @plymouthcc and asked them to cancel all tickets between a certain time frame. Hopefully, this should prevent any unnecessary tickets being sent out."
A council spokeswoman said: "The police did notify us that they were diverting traffic down Pemros Road and advised us when the diversion had been removed.
"No one using the bus lane during the diversion will be issued with a PCN [penalty charge notice].
"We met with the police following the recent flooding on Gdynia Way and asked that they notify us whenever they use their powers to divert general traffic down bus lanes. This is to ensure that motorists are not issued with penalty charge notices when they are following official police diversions."
In November hundreds of motorists were sent £60 fines after they followed a police diversion during serious flooding in Gdynia Way.
The council subsequently contacted all those affected in that incident and five days' worth of fines triggered by a camera in Embankment Road had to be written off.