Almost £26,000 in fines in just three months on road with ‘hidden’ warning sign
Hundreds of drivers have been fined a total of £25,805 in just three months on a road that has a ‘hidden’ warning sign.
Nearly 400 motorists have been caught on camera turning right in and out of Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre in Eltham, south east London
Some have claimed they failed to spot a ‘Do Not Turn Right’ notice – with one saying the “very small” sign is “partially obscured” by others.
The fines were all issued from January to March this year by Transport For London (TfL).
Disillusioned motorists have now taken to social media to vent their anger at the fines, arguing the markings were ‘inadequate’.
The sign is attached to a lamppost a few feet behind a much larger green road sign giving directions for a junction further along the road.
Rob Gan posted on SEnine magazine Facebook page:
“Having driven there recently that Do Not Turn Right sign is partially obscured by other signs, and is very small.
“There are no road markings either to indicate that you can’t turn right.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Rogers said: “Wow….now thats a money maker.”
And Robbie Commerford wrote: “It just requires a solid white line separating both carriageways.
“You’re not allowed to cross a solid white line on the highways, so this should stop people doing it if they know and adhere to the rules of the roads (which they should).”
Kroare Kroare claimed: “All fines should be appealed on the grounds the sign is not fit for purpose due to the positioning and the position the driver must take to observe the sign.
“It’s is for TFL to prove the sign is adequate and not for the appellant to prove its inadequacy.”
Transport for London (TfL) has a camera trained on the junction, with 397 penalty charges issued in the first six months of this year.
Turning right out of the leisure centre is also an offence.
Following feedback from residents, the sign turning in to the sports centre was raised to improve visibility with left only markings painted on the road for drivers leaving the site.
TFL has now temporarily halted issuing fines for drivers who fall foul of the junction following “feedback”.
Paul Cowperthwaite, Interim Director of Licensing, Regulation and Charging at TfL, said: “We enforce traffic regulations on the capital’s Red Routes, including yellow box junctions, and our overriding focus is to reduce delays, keep road users safe and to keep London moving.
“We continually review the locations where Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are issued, including this junction on Eltham Road, and we are always looking to improve the information provided to our customers at these locations.
“All revenue generated by enforcement activity is reinvested in maintaining and improving the transport network.”