Car insurance: Thousands of bus lane tickets invalid

Friday, 26 March 2010

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Car insurance holders in the Manchester area who have been fined for driving in bus lanes may have been penalised incorrectly.

An investigation by Manchester City Council revealed that 18 city centre bus lane cameras did not have proper certification beyond December 2008.

It is not the first time the council's bus lane penalties have proven flawed, with the local authority forced to cancel more than 18,000 fines paid between October 2006 and December 2008 after they were deemed invalid.

Vicky Rosin, director of neighbourhood services at the council, said that steps are being taken to redress car insurance customers and that the situation is regrettable.

"We are concerned and disappointed that a lack of clarity in the camera approval process has allowed the situation to arise," she added.

Motor insurance holders who believe they have been affected by invalid charges can contact the authority and ask about a refund.

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