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Hundreds of drivers have been wrongly handed £60 fines for using the bus lane after an “administrative error” by the council

HUNDREDS of drivers have been wrongly fined £60 for using a bus lane in a huge mistake by the council.

Hull City Council was trialling extended bus lane hours from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 6.30pm – but these expired in January.

Hundreds of drivers have been unfairly fined following a mistake by city officials

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Hundreds of drivers have been unfairly fined following a mistake by city officialsCredit: MEN Media

An administrative error meant that a traffic code that made the experiment permanent was never enacted – meaning drivers no longer had to avoid the bus lane for long hours.

But those who entered the lane were STILL fined by the council – although the charges could not be sustained.

A spokesman for the council confirmed that full refunds will be given to anyone wrongfully fined.

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The mix-up is expected to cost at least £200,000 and there is unlikely to be a new order until at least the end of next month.

Officials urged drivers to stay out of the bus lanes in the meantime. Hull Live reported.

A Hull City Council spokesman said: “This was the result of an administrative error and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

“We will contact all affected drivers directly, so there is no need to contact us.

“Following a successful trial period, Hull City Council’s cabinet voted in December to make the 7am-6.30pm bus lanes permanent and this is being implemented.

“While this is underway we are asking drivers not to use the bus lanes. We will begin enforcing the orders once they become permanent. At this point, driving in a bus lane will result in a fine.”

The council collected £713,000 in bus lane fines ahead of the 2018/19 pandemic.

Proceeds from the fines are used for highway work and to subsidize travel for young people.

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Analysis of the extended hours pilot showed a nine percent improvement in bus travel times across the city.

Both of Hull’s main bus operators say it makes them run faster and more punctually.

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8557657/drivers-wrongly-fined-council-blunder/ Hundreds of drivers have been wrongly handed £60 fines for using the bus lane after an “administrative error” by the council

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