A MOTORIST is furious after becoming one of almost 11,000 drivers to be fined £130 for going down a restricted road in just one year.
Joe Hucklesby, 51, insisted the signs are unclear and accused cash-hungry council officials of setting a honeytrap.
He said they are failing to adequately warn drivers that only bikes and buses can go through the road at certain times of the day.
Other motorists have previously moaned that the signs are too far back, meaning it is far too late by the time they have seen the sign and registered the information.
Hackney Borough Council has fined 10,755 motorists on Lansdowne Drive in East London for this one particular breach in the year from July 2021, freedom of information figures show.
It means the authority raked in a minimum of £699,075.
But the actual sum is likely to be more because this figure presumes every motorist paid within two weeks, which comes with a reduced fee of £65.
And some 80 per cent of fines were given to drivers of cars registered outside of the borough, who are likely to be unfamiliar with the roads.
Joe, who has paid the lower charge, blasted: “That’s 29 people a day breaking that restriction. If they’re making as much money as that, the signage can’t be good enough. It can’t be adequate.
“It’s not deterring people from driving down the road, therefore the signage cannot be good enough.
“I’ve paid for a fine that’s not reasonable. It’s a lot of money for them to make. It’s a lot of money out of people unreasonably.
“Clearly there’s a problem because there are more people getting caught out than should be.
“They are making a lot of money from poor signage. Whether they are doing that on purpose I don’t know.
“I suspect they’re not disappointed to make hundreds of thousands in fines from just one junction alone.
“I think it’s a honeytrap. I think they thought ‘we are going to solve this problem and make a bit of money off it at the same time’.
“They can’t be that upset that they are making the money.”
Last month it was revealed that this road is the third worst in London for penalty charge notices.
The restriction on the road, which bans motors from 7-10am and 3-7pm on Monday to Saturday, was introduced originally to improve air quality at peak times for nearby schools.
And motorists have moaned about the unclear signage from the very beginning but the situation has barely improved.
Joe was fined last month after travelling 35 miles from his home in Westerham, Kent, to visit a pal.
The risk and assurance manager said: “I’m not familiar with that area. I was riding a motorcycle – I was trying to find a mate.
“I’m not familiar with that roundabout and the traffic was pretty awful – I was following the sat nav.
“I turned right at the roundabout but subsequently found I should have turned left.
“On the roundabout the signage is pretty unusual. You would expect to be able to go left and right.
“On a motorbike when you are going round you don’t want to fall off the bike and you’re focused on the road. I don’t remember the sign.
I held my hands up and paid the fine but then I thought ‘hang on a minute. I didn’t notice I did anything wrong until the fine came through’.”
Fellow motorist Eric Luk Man Hon was previously fined and also said at the time that the signs were not clear enough.
He told the Hackney Gazette: “With all the money they’ve made out of it they could make bigger signs, perhaps even electric ones, which flash a warning. That wouldn’t cost much.”
Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, Cllr Mete Coban, said: “Around 8 in 10 of the fines issued at Lansdowne Drive were to drivers whose vehicles are registered outside of Hackney, which highlights how many people from outside the borough are using our residential streets as a short-cut.
“Drivers are warned about this traffic restriction by multiple DfT compliant signs. Every penny generated pays for Blue Badges or is reinvested in transport schemes in the borough.
“Bus gates like these and low traffic neighbourhoods are important because they discourage through-traffic from using neighbourhood streets – where there are fewer pedestrian crossings and roads are less able to handle high volumes of traffic – and encourage people to switch local car journeys for walking and cycling.”