Monday, 15 March 2010

Driver vs. Bee

In today's London Evening Standard.

"Driver fined after stop in bus lane to fight bee."

A motorist has fought an eight-month battle to get a parking fine overturned after he pulled into a bus lane to escape being attacked by a bee.

Paul Winston was driving his Mercedes CLK along Haverstock Hill in Belsize Park last July when a large bumble bee flew in through the window.
The businessman tried to swat it away but had to stop the vehicle to do so. Although he only pulled into the bus lane for less than a minute and did not leave the vehicle he received a £60 fine fromCamden council through the post.
He said: "I was driving my sister and had the window open because it was a nice summer's day. The bee flew in and was buzzing around. It was very distracting.
"I could have crashed or knocked someone over so I pulled over. I wasn't stopping traffic. I wasn't parked as I didn't leave the car and the rules state you can stop if you are endangering yourself or other road users."
Mr Winston, from Mill Hill, appealed against the penalty charge notice but the appeal was rejected and he was ordered to pay the fine within 28 days or it would increase by 50 per cent.
The matter was referred to the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service. Last month it ordered that the fine be quashed.
Mr Winston said: "Camden produced a 30-page colour dossier and a DVD to support its case. The amount of time and public money wasted is unbelievable."

A Camden spokesman said Mr Winston did not mention the bee in his first appeal and if he had done so the case would have been resolved sooner.

The caption to the photo of Mr Winston?

"Bee in his bonnet".


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