Bus lane camera confuses woman’s jumper with number plate

A car owner has been sent a fine for driving in a bus lane in Bath, because the camera spotted a woman wearing a jumper with a word on it and thought it was a number plate.

The BBC reports how Dave and Paula Knight, from Surrey, received the fine for driving in a bus lane in the city in Somerset despite not being there at the time.

Their car had the number plate KN19 TER. What the camera had actually seen was a woman walking along with a jumper with the word KNITTER on it.

“We thought one of our friends was stitching us up,” Mrs Knight told the BBC.

Mr Knight added they planned to frame the notice and put it on the mantelpiece.

“The poor lady walking down the bus lane has got a top on very similar to my number plate but her handbag is blocking one of the letters out so it assumed it was my number plate,” the BBC quotes him as saying.

Mrs Knight concluded that when she contacted the council, they initially told her the fine would need to be paid but when the staff member looked at the image she “burst out laughing”.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has confirmed the fine had been cancelled.

(Picture – Yay Images)

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