Advert

Latest

Pub Can't Open On 'Super Saturday' As Car Park Is In England But Bar Is In Wales
published atin 42 minutes
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
News

Mum Slams 'Ridiculous' £70 Fine She Received While Reversing Into Her Drive

Mum Slams 'Ridiculous' £70 Fine She Received While Reversing Into Her Drive

An angry mum has slammed her local council after she received a £70 ($90) fine while reversing her car into her own driveway.

Advert

The driver - who wants to be known only as Stephanie - from Reading, UK, could not believe it when she was slapped with the fine for stopping on a red route.

Several roads across Berkshire have been painted with double red lines along the route of the number 17 bus to indicate where drivers are banned from stopping, in order to ease congestion, although buses, postal services, refuse vehicles and emergency services are exempt.

However, 51-year-old Stephanie believes the rule is a farce for people who live on her road.

She said: "This is just ridiculous. It means that you cannot reverse onto your own driveway - which is a much safer option than reversing into a busy road.

"There's a website called 'Ask the Police' where it says while it's not illegal to reverse into a busy highway, that it's considered safer to reverse into your driveway so you can drive straight out.

Advert

"To me it's just common sense to reverse in. I've been fined for trying to do the right thing.

More Like This

1 of 6
Man Shoved Into Canal Slams 'Cowards' Who Attacked Swans
News

Man Shoved Into Canal Slams 'Cowards' Who Attacked Swans

"There's an old people's home opposite where I live near to at least two primary schools, and it's safer for everyone to reverse in so I can drive straight out.

"To me this is a national issue because this red route scheme is already being used in towns and cities across the UK."

Stephanie received the fine in the post on 20 January for an incident on 13 January, with the fine halved if it was paid within a fortnight. However, she has appealed the fine, which she believes is part of a 'money-making exercise'.

The mum believes her fine is part of a 'money-making exercise'. Credit: BPM Media
The mum believes her fine is part of a 'money-making exercise'. Credit: BPM Media

She said: "I have asked the council if that means people can't reverse into their driveways - which will mean they will be reversing into Norcot Road instead - but I haven't yet heard anything back.

"A number of other people in my street reverse onto their drives so I also just want to warn them that they might be fined for doing that.

"When I got the fine I was very frustrated and angry about it. It's ridiculous. I just think this red route thing is a money-making exercise."

A Reading Borough Council spokesman said: "A red route is a 'no stopping' restriction introduced to keep key public transport routes clear to prevent delays for bus passengers and to remove obstacles and hazards for cyclists and pedestrians.

"Any driver issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) who does not believe they should have received the fine can challenge it by following the procedures detailed on the PCN and explained on the council website."

Featured Image Credit: BPM Media

Topics: uk news, Fine, Cars

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.