8,000 apply for Preston bus lane ticket refunds

County Hall is processing around 8,000 applications for refunds from drivers caught in the Fishergate bus lane
County Hall is processing around 8,000 applications for refunds from drivers caught in the Fishergate bus lane
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Around 1,500 drivers caught by Preston’s controversial bus lane cameras have now had their “fines” repaid, according to County Hall.

And officers say they are working through a pile of 6,500 more from motorists who have asked for a refund.

The troubled Fishergate bus lane

The troubled Fishergate bus lane

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The 8,000 applications represent only around a quarter of the 30,000 hit by fixed penalty notices during the four months the bus lane was in force. The deadline for claiming has been extended to May 10.

Daniel Herbert, LCC highways manager said: “We are working through requests for refunds as quickly as we can. This process takes up to eight weeks.We are on course to process them all within the eight-week timescale. While we’re not currently using cameras to enforce them, the restrictions remain in place.”

The refunds follow a ruling by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.