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Good Samaritan driver slapped with fine for pulling into bus lane to let ambulance through

AN OUTRAGED driver was slapped with a £60 fine for pulling into a bus lane to let an ambulance get past her.
 Lynne Plaxton, from Hull, was harshly punished with a fixed penalty notice for going into the lane - after being caught by a new enforcement camera in the area. 
The 50-year-old Good Samaritan slammed the notice as "ludicrous" and said it was instinct to pull into the bus lane to let the ambulance go by. 
She said: "I've always pulled over to allow emergency vehicles through and on this occasion I pulled into the bus lane to let the ambulance get by.
"It was a natural instinct to pull over into the inside lane and, to be honest, I had forgotten all about it until the fixed penalty notice arrived in the post.
"A couple of drivers behind me did the same thing so I can only assume they have got the same warning notice as me."
The newly-installed cameras are equipped with automatic number plate recognition technology, meaning the council can trace owners immediately. 
Only blue light vehicles, motorcycles, pedal cycles and taxis can use the bus lanes during enforcement periods.
Plaxton said she wants to warn other drivers that puling into the lane - even for a good deed - could end with a punishment.
She said: "I think it's ludicrous that someone doing exactly what I did could end up facing a £60 fine.
"I called the council about it but they just said if it had been a normal notice I could have submitted an appeal.
"I want to warn other drivers that pulling into a bus lane to let an ambulance through could get them into trouble."
The council released a statement stating "where a motorist has taken evasive action to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle this would clearly constitute mitigating circumstances for consideration.
"However, as no details of the incident were provided we were not able to look at the specific circumstances.
"If a motorist would like to appeal a bus lane ticket they need to appeal by completing the notice sent to them and posting it to the address on the notice.
"All appeals will be assessed on a case by case basis.
"Bus lane cameras were installed to help improve the bus system around the city and reduce traffic congestion. 
"Warnings will be issued to those vehicles caught in the bus lane until August 1, from then on they may be subject to a penalty charge notice." 
The incident is not the first time authorities have trivially handed out a fine to a driver.
Last month a policeman fined a woman £100 for eating a banana in a traffic jam. 
Elsa Harris, 45, had begun peeling it when she stopped in traffic on her way to work.
But an officer in an unmarked car stopped in front of her and made her get out on a busy dual carriageway.
Miss Harris, a carer, was shocked when she was accused of momentarily not being in control of her vehicle by taking both hands off the wheel.
The single mother was given the fine and the option of three penalty points on her licence or paying for a driver awareness course.
Miss Harris, from Christchurch, Dorset, said: “I was dumbfounded. It’s the most expensive banana I’ve ever had in my life.
 By Jake Burman

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