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Fined motorist claims ‘no right turn’ sign not visible in Queen’s Park

PUBLISHED: 11:37 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 17 January 2018

Barima Yeboah is appealing the penalty notice he received when no warning signs existed telling him not to turn right into Chamberlayne Road

Barima Yeboah is appealing the penalty notice he received when no warning signs existed telling him not to turn right into Chamberlayne Road

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A Neasden motorist is appealing a fine claiming a ticket was issued when a “no right turn” sign was either not visible or missing in Queen’s Park.

No right turn notice missing from a lampost in Harvist Road on January 10 2018  which appeared the following day (Picture: Barima Yeboah) No right turn notice missing from a lampost in Harvist Road on January 10 2018 which appeared the following day (Picture: Barima Yeboah)

Barima Yeboah disputes the penalty charge notice he received for turning from Harvist Road into Chamberlayne Road on New Year’s Day.

The 27-year-old claims he returned to the area in the evening of January 10 to take a picture to use in his appeal defence and when he returned the following day the same lamppost had a sign on it when it was not visible previously.

However, Brent Council denies his claims saying the sign was put up before camera enforcement started on June 14 2016.

He said: “I know that road because I used to live there. I’ve done that turning many times before and never got a ticket. I went back to the road to take pictures because I couldn’t believe it. People were telling me to pay but I thought no way, I’m going to appeal it.

No right turn notice on a lampost on January 11 2018  which wasn't there the night before (Picture: Barima Yeboah) No right turn notice on a lampost on January 11 2018 which wasn't there the night before (Picture: Barima Yeboah)

“Then the next morning I went back there and the sign is there. In the evening I drove past again and you can’t see it in the dark.

“If they (the council) plan to bring in the right turning, why can’t anyone see it especially at night? It’s wrong, it’s so wrong”

People issued with PCNs must pay £65 within two weeks if they do not wish to be charged £130.

He added: “I’ve seen lots of people take that turning. Many people will have got tickets and paid the £65.

“It’s free money for them (the council), they want to make as much money as they can. It won’t surprise me if they’ve done it to another road and other people have got stung too.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The current signs were put in place before camera enforcement commenced on June 14 2016. The restriction itself has been there since 1970, and seeks to prevent vehicles attempting to turn right from blocking oncoming traffic and causing a collision.

“Our aim to encourage motorists to comply with the rules of the road in the first place, which will improve road safety and reduce traffic congestion.”

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