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Driver wins appeal over 'too many signs'

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In December, there had been more than 4,800 appeals against fines for using the bus gate
A psychologist fined for driving through a controversial bus gate has won her appeal after arguing there too many signs for the brain to process.Bernadine King's penalty charge notice (PCN) was quashed after a tribunal ruled signage was "inadequate".Essex County Council has taken Dr King - who has published several academic papers on how people process visual information - said the bus gate, a short section of road blocked off to all traffic except buses, cycles and taxis, was "endangering lives".
Psychologist Bernadine King claims there are too many signs for drivers to take in by the bus gate, in Chelmsford's Duke Street
"Once you're committed to turn left on Duke Street, you have no way of safely turning around," she said."Drivers are being trapped in the area and they're panicking."There are so many signs by the bus gate but a little contradiction in the brain means we cannot absorb all the information."To consciously process all the information, it may take a few seconds and by that point, you've already travelled 20ft or 30ft down the road."
The location of height restriction signage in the city implies the bus gate comes after the railway bridge - but it does not
After visiting the site, the traffic penalty adjudicator said that although some of the signs by the bus gate were large and easily visible, they were "cluttered" together and meant "drivers could be confused".Dr King, who received her PCN in November, is now calling on the council to carry out a safety review of the bus gate, which she called "a blight on Chelmsford".An Essex County Council spokesman said: "Before turning on enforcement cameras in 2017, we increased signage at all junctions, sent more than 3,000 warning notices and painted the words "BUS GATE" in five-foot high letters on the road at both entrances to help make drivers aware of the restrictions."He added that all money generated by fines was "reinvested to help improve public transport, roads and the transport network across Essex".
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