This case has caught my attention and is worth covering in a blog as it neatly links in to a blog I wrote days earlier on a similar theme, which you can read here;

The Mr Loophole effect for driving offences

The background to this case is that a psychologist was fined for inadvertently entering a bus gate in November 2018 and successfully won her appeal on the basis that there are too many signs that are confusing motorists’ brains.

This individual is clearly qualified to offer such opinions as she has published several academic papers on how people process visual information, and stated that the bus gate which is a short section of road blocked off to all traffic except buses, cycles and taxis was endangering lives on the basis that once you are committed to turning left on this street, you have no way of safely turning around.

Furthermore, she also stated that there are so many signs by the bus gate with information that cannot be consciously absorbed and processed in sufficient time for motorists to make an informed decision.

Essex County Council raked in about £1.5m from 53,000 motorists within 18 months so it’s clearly lucrative, and that reinforces the points that this individual has successfully addressed and has opened up the floodgates for retrospective appeals being made.

The Road Traffic Act cuts both ways and I see it personally around Edinburgh with so many signs that are confusing and contradictory to the point that nobody takes any notice.  Councils just see this as a ‘nice little earner’, and it just takes one individual to make a stand and it opens up the floodgates for others to follow suit.

You cannot be expected to comply with road signs that are cluttered, obscured and confusing to the point where you cannot be expected to make a conscious and informed decision and that has been confirmed by an adjudicator.

This is an interesting case that has set a legal precedent and raises valid points that other motorists can use to successfully lodge appeals against various traffic infringements.

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