First time postee on here after searching the net to help with my predicament. I havent had a PCN before (lucky me) but as it always happens i've now got 3 in one week!!!
I started work in Wembley last week (Oct 11th) and drive from nth Hampshire everyday and have been presented with 3 PCN's for driving down a bus lane on Wembley High Road. These were on 3 seperate mornings and have arrived in the post a week after they happened.....3 consecutive days of recieving £120 fines through the post was not fun !!
Anyway, I did drive down the bus lane so I cant say that i didnt, however the reason was because the bus lane finishes about 5 meters before a set of traffic lights allowing normal traffic to line up side by side. No one was filling the gap so i thought i would, this meant driving down the bus lane for about 10-15 meters. I probably would be happy to pay the reduced fee of £60 for 1 of the PCN's but i think 3 is OTT. I know pleading ignorance about bus lanes wont wash even though im a 'country lad' so i wanted to know if there was a way of appealing the charge succesfully!!
I have called Brent Council and spoke to a lady from the enquiries, i asked if there was a limit on fines and she said no 'we often get people using the lane on the way to work, going home for lunch and then using it on the way home and they will get 3 in a day'. I was shocked at this but knew she wouldnt hold any power to waive the fee so thanked her for her time and hung up.
Can someone please give me some advice.
P.S I'm getting the PCN's scanned today so will update this thread with them within the next 6 hrs.....feel free to comment until then!!