In 2016 I had an occasion to attend a meeting of the ARC at the Coventry Transport Museum. The satnav took me to the front entrance where of course there is nowhere to park. So I drove around trying to find some place to park nearby, and in doing so unwittingly, infringed a local byelaw by driving along a bus only street not just once, but twice in my efforts to find a car park. I was consequently fined £120 , but paying early this was reduced to a payment of £60.
Then in 2017, I had to attend another ARC meeting at the same venue and again although I was conscious not drive down a bus only street whilst finding a car park, I managed to drive down another such street and got fined again.
So I thought, I wonder how many other visitors to the City Centre have fallen foul of this particular byelaw, so I wrote to my MP, explaining what happened to me and asked him to request a Freedom of Information from The Council on how many motorists had been caught out by these restrictions.
I list below the figures they eventually came up with.
2016…….. 23,757 fines
So next time you have occasion to drive into Coventry City Centre, beware, particularly if you’re not a native!