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Lorry driver’s fury at charge for using bus lane to avoid broken-down car

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Paul Stevenson has branded bus lanes a “money-making racket” after receiving the £60 penalty charge notice. He says he had no choice but to use the lane because another HGV ahead of him had broken down on the dual-carriageway in central Hull.

There was a broken down lorry in the single carriageway in Witham, so I pulled out on to the bus lane so I couldn’t get passed it

“There was a broken down lorry in the single carriageway in Witham, so I pulled out on to the bus lane so I couldn’t get passed it,” Paul told Hull Live.

“I wanted to pull out to alert other road users behind me, being a professional driver, that there was a hazard in the road ahead.

“They fined me and said on the CCTV they noticed a car behind me didn’t have to pull in, so there was no reason I should have.

“How do they not understand that I am 33ft longer and three feet wider than a car and also I was giving other drivers a heads-up about what was ahead by pulling out.”

Paul has twice written back disputing the fine, but Hull City Council has insisted he should pay the £60.

The HGV driver, of Sproatley, East Yorkshire, added: “I am disputing this and I am not paying anything. I don’t feel like I should have to. There was a hazard in the road and I was using my head to avoid hitting it.

“There would have been an accident if I hadn’t pulled out as I would have hit it, or caused congestion by not moving out of the way.”

Paul, who owns Plantmove Hull Limited, has demanded the Labour-controlled authority reassess its bus lane policies.

Cars in the city have been banned from driving in bus lanes from 7am to 6.30pm since July 2020, with the council saying it is in order to make cyclists feel safer on the road.

Paul added: “These lanes are just a money-making racket. I drive around all day in the city and I usually see about six cyclists all day, no lie.

“I now finish at dinner time on a Friday, it’s not worth it. My customers pay me for one hour to transport machinery, on a Friday afternoon I can sit for three hours burning fuel and going nowhere.

“I can’t charge my customers three hours, and I can’t afford to burn fuel.

“So I don’t work Friday afternoons anymore. It’s horrendous. These councillors should get out and see it for themselves.”

Hull City Council said in a statement: “Hull City Council does not comment on individual cases, however when a bus lane fine is appealed, the council looks very closely at the evidence before deciding whether such an appeal is successful.”

It comes after a man from Nottingham challenged a Labour council after getting a bus lane fine in May.

Mark Golds-Jones, aged 55, appealed the £60 fine because he claimed he was unaware the lane was just for buses

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