These visitors will not return to Bath
Businesses in Bath are being deprived of substantial potential income by the short-sighted council.
On a recent visit to Bath from Derbyshire I was twice caught by the bus lane cameras and issued with the standard £60 fine for each offence.
On neither occasion was I aware that there were any restrictions (poor signage) and the fines came as a surprise. I gather from internet comments that, on average, 171 drivers per day are also fined. None of these would be likely to do this deliberately.
The total annual revenue for these fines for the council could be £30 (reduced for early payment), times 171 times 365 days which amounts to approx £1.9m.
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If all of these drivers feel the same sense of unfairness that I do about these fines and decide that they will never visit Bath again then local businesses could suffer loss of income. We spent nearly £500 during the visit and if all the others were the same then the potential loss would be 171 times £500 times 365 which amounts to approx £31.2m.
I know that this is probably a wild exaggeration but the financial losses and the extremely bad publicity that is generated by these unfair fines cannot be good for the city.
You could be forgiven for thinking that I am a less than 'gruntled', ex-visitor to Bath.
ANDREW HAMILTON Bonsall Derbyshire