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I have received a PCN for entering a bus lane in Cheltenham

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Hi, I have received a PCN for entering a bus lane in Cheltenham however the road marking is a bus gate (a term I am not familiar with) Should I challenge on this basis?
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Customer: No, Ive just recieved the notice
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Who is the issuer please?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Gloucester county council with a contact of gloucestershire apcoa
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'm sorry I don't want to call but would like a reply to my previous answer

Thank you.

Sorry but I'm not sure what your challenge is?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
The fact that the PCN states a bus lane but the street is actually marked as a bus gate

Were there signs at the location?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Bus gate is stated on the road

Yes but were there signs as well as road markings?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I'm not sure, I can only find a similar view on google maps and I don't live in the area so I'm not sure

Thank you.

Obviously I haven't seen the location and you can always appeal these things. Local councils are hopelessly inefficient. However bus lanes are fairly well signed. Usually there are signs upon entry throughout and upon exit. There are also road markings. The fact that they describe "bus gate" rather than bus lane would not, in and of itself, be sufficiently confusing to justify entry.

The test with arguments like this is weather the signing is so inadequate as to lead to confusion and if it was visible then I think you would struggle to raise that argument.

That said, there is really no risk in bringing an informal appeal because they will extend the 14 day reduction anyway even if they reject your appeal so you may as well try.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thanks for the advice Jo, I'll chance an appeal and see how I get on. Many thanks

No problem and all the best.

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