One MAN claims to have saved drivers £70,000 in fines for standing on the road with a handmade sign warning them through traffic cameras.
Ricky, 55, scrawled “£65 fine if you enter” on his A4 sign to ensure motorists were not deterred by the ‘Long Road’ scheme in Croydon, south London.
Croydon Council has launched a plan to increase safety and improve outdoor air quality at schools.
The initiative means motorists face a £130 fine, £65 if paid within 14 days, for entering Haling Road between 8-9.30am and 2-4pm .
Ricky believes he has prevented more than 700 drivers from getting fined on his one-man duty, My London report.
Carers claim the scheme is purely “revenue-based” and council road signs are not eye-catching enough for motorists to notice.
He said: “I still think it’s just revenue, the camera doesn’t serve any purpose because cars can still hit the road when the kids are out of school.
“If they really wanted to stop the car there would be a roadblock there. I think it should be forewarned, I hope it helps.
“I think I’ve cut their income by more than half in six weeks. I’ve stopped over 700 people, that’s £70,000 in fines.”
Ricky completed his mission for over six weeks before finally winning a battle with the council for more advance warning signs to be installed.
Now council has promised to install more signs so residents can avoid fines.
Ricky said: “I think I cut their income by more than half in six weeks. I stopped over 700 people, that’s £70,000 in fines.”
In response, a Croydon Council spokesman said: “The extra sign will go beyond legal requirements and serve as an enhanced warning to motorists when entering Haling Road.”
The imposition of penalties on the road zone is believed to reduce pollution and increase safety around the school area.
It appears as a refreshed Highway Code was given on January 29, focusing on vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
The new rule is another reminder for motorists to stay alert on the road like Ricky tries to stand out with his turn signs.
Can I appeal a driving fine?
A Sun investigation found motorists could save thousands of pounds by claiming unfair parking and driving fines as around half of all lawsuits are successful.
Even so, drivers who are fined on Haling Road may have a hard time doing this because the signs already exist – but are difficult to spot.
Now that the board is taking action to issue more signs, it will be even harder to appeal if simply not heeding them.
But previous research by The Sun has found that nearly half of all claims tickets have been wiped out – so it could be worth your while if you think it’s unfair.
If you get burned, it’s worth noting that the faster you pay out, the less you need to withdraw.
Croydon road fines were nearly 50% cheaper if motorists had paid them quickly.
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https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8315612/i-saved-drivers-fines-traffic-camera-warning-sign/ I saved the driver £70,000 in fines with a traffic camera warning sign… the council fought me