No excuse for driving in bus lane
I WOULD like to take issue with Juliette Blunkett's letter (February 21) when she says bus lane cameras are there to extract more money from, what she terms, the unwary motorist who she suspects was 'merely chopping off a corner or two'.
On many occasions at the merge-arrow I have been ready to move across and had to brake – not because of a bus, taxi or motorcyclist, but because of one of Juliette's unwary drivers speeding along the bus lane from a position several cars back. I would like to suggest to Juliette that the term for these motorists is not unwary, but inconsiderate, impatient and in some cases downright dangerous.
I also wonder if her unwary motorists are the same ones who stop on zigzag lines outside schools and park in disabled bays when not entitled to?
Often the excuse at schools, when printable, will be: "I'm only waiting here, not parked". The fact that they have cut off the line-of-sight of children having to pass in front and behind their vehicles over these zigzags they feel is not their problem. It is a similar case when drivers, who are not entitled to park in disabled bays, do so and, when questioned, provide a tirade of abuse. In both cases I would suggest the responses are from people who know they are doing wrong and have been caught out, just like the majority of people who use bus lanes.
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