My brother got a 47J PCN (fine) notice from Kingston Borough Council (where he lives in London), for parking in Bus Stop.
I have to say that this policy and its method of enforcement is one of the most disgusting and annoying things that happen in the UK and one of the reasons I left.
Here is some video footage that was taken, and I tweeted from my @redplanettravelboss account.
You can clearly see some things:#warning for #tourists to #london who #hirecar. You will get a #fine for stopping in a #busstop. This is my #bro dropping off a friend 55GBP pic.twitter.com/0B6ZzHT47h— RedPlanetTravelBoss (@redplanetters) August 25, 2017
1) There was little traffic in Clarence Street at that time.
2) There were no buses in the stop.
Talking to my brother he explained why he needed to pull up quickly.
1) The bus you see rounding the corner at the end of the sequence is the X22 service to Heathrow. The friend he was dropping needed to get on this bus. The X22 is limited stop so the next stop will be somewhere near Teddington probably.
2) My brother had spoken to the driver around the corner when they were stopped at the lights, about where the X22 stops in Kingston - the bus driver had told my brother it was the next Stop.
3) The X22 runs hourly. Miss it and it's a problem.
Now, I understand the need to keep traffic moving in London. I (and my brother) did stints at London Transport as drivers in our younger years. I fully support drives to achieve this, but on the other hand, a 30second drop off here would have caused less disruption than having to queue, then navigate a car park, drag bags down stinky lifts if it had been done in the "proper" way - paying for Parking in Kingston.
The most annoying thing is that Kingston Council - together with many over the country are simply using this as a Revenue Generating Exercise. There is clearly no real hold up or problems caused by my brother's parking here.
In years gone by a traffic officer (who was not incentivised) would sensibly ignore this infraction, maybe only intervening if it was rush-hour and parking there would cause delays.
Anyway, there are ways and means around these things: My brother said next time he's in that situation he will just stop in the main carriage way and drop off his friend.
"There is no penalty for that"