Stoke-on-Trent driver fined £70 for stopping in Hanley for 8 seconds

The CCTV car has struck again in Hanley. Jimmy Prendergast was caught by the CCTV car when he stopped to drop his girlfriend off outside The Potteries Shopping Centre. The picture shows the red VW Polo in a bus stop, there is footage that he was only there for 8 seconds.

The fine means that he has to pay £8.75 for every second his car was stationary.

He says that Stoke Council are “robbing him blind”.

“My girlfriend was meeting a friend who she hadn’t seen for a while.

“There was a car right behind me so I just quickly pulled in for eight seconds then left.

“There were no signs saying you cannot stop there or double yellow lines and no signs saying anything about cameras.

“This is a massive injustice and rather pathetic as the council is screwing good motorists like myself.”

He continued: “I was parked for just eight seconds and my penalty charge document clearly shows this on the photographs but they’ve still decided to fine me.

“I’ve paid for their Christmas p***-up that is for sure, I will have bought them a few bottles of champagne.

“It was just eight seconds and there were no buses around, that makes me feel cheated.”

He has paid the fine.

A Stoke-on-Trent Council spokesperson said:

“It’s essential that bus stops are kept clear from obstructions or parked cars.

“This is so buses can park parallel to the kerb and allow passengers, for example those who are disabled or have pushchairs, to get on and off safely without being forced to go in the road.

“Keeping bus stops clear also helps to keep traffic flowing in the city and reduces congestion.

“On the face of it this may seem like a relatively short period of time to receive a fine.

“However, if everyone did this for a few seconds or a couple of minutes bus stops would frequently be obstructed.

“Anyone who parks or stops for any time in a bus stop runs the risk of receiving a penalty charge notice.”

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