Bus slapped with £70 fine for daring to drive into bus lane to reach bus stop

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    A bizarre mix up led to a bus being slapped with a fine for driving into a bus lane and picking up passengers from a bus stop.

    Transport firm Connexions, which operates buses in West and North Yorkshire, received the penalty charge after one of their vehicles entered a bus lane in Leeds in October.

    Leeds City Council sent a penalty charge notice to their head office, demanding the company pay a £70 fine in 28 days. The notice said the fee would be reduced if paid in 14 days.

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    Craig Temple, the firm's owner, gave Leeds City Council "top marks" for the observation before adding that the fine system "clearly doesn't work".

    He told the BBC: "I've heard of other companies in the country where it's happened, but it's never happened with us.

    "It's a bus that we've not long bought so it's not in our colours yet, but it's still registered as a bus."

    Mr Temple also joked that he plans to frame the baffling letter and hang it up in his office.

    The fine came with a CCTV camera image of the bus pulling into the bus stop to pick up passengers.

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    It noted that the vehicle broke the rules about entering bus lanes during restricted hours. That is, despite the fact it was a bus.

    Leeds City Council have since said that the fine has been cancelled as it was given in error.

    A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: "The ticket was issued in error and has now been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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