Ricky says he managed to stop 50 motorists getting fined on Thursday afternoon alone by standing in the road with a sign reading “£65 fine if you enter”. The 55-year-old man claims the speed camera, which marks a restricted zone on a residential road, isn’t properly signposted.
The camera was introduced in South Croydon, south London, last year to slow drivers near a school.
But the environment and traffic adjudicator found the signs warning drivers of the restrictions weren’t “adequate to communicate the nature and extent of the restriction to motorists” when one motorist appealed a fine in February.
Speaking to My London, Ricky said: “It doesn’t matter what you say to Croydon Council, this isn’t about protecting schools, Croydon Council will never, never put the right signage up.
“When school ended there were kids and parents walking in the middle of the road, if they really cared about safety it would be barricaded off, it shows that it is pure revenue.”
After his experiment, Ricky reckons Labour-controlled Croydon Council could be making approximately £5,000 a day from fines.
Drivers face a £130 fine, £65 if paid within 14 days, for entering the road outside the school.
Simon Euan-Smith and Antonio Cerqueira have recently been fined after getting caught on the camera.
Simon, 73, said: “I had no idea I’d gone through it until I got the letter through.
“I have appealed it and pointed out that appeals have been approved in the past.”
Antonio, 71, said: “I turned into Haling Road but saw the signs and turned back but I still got a fine.
“I didn’t go past the signs but the camera caught me, I was shocked when I got the letter through.”
Croydon Council has been contacted for comment.
Published at Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:55:00 +0000