FIFTY three drivers have escaped paying a penalty fine after driving down the bus lane in Moor End Road, Hemel Hempstead.
The drivers are among more than 2,000 who have appealed after being caught on camera since August.
However, highways chiefs say the 53 appeals were uncontested because paperwork was not completed in time and there is ‘no case for any fines already paid to be refunded’.
So far more than 25,000 drivers have been issued with tickets for using the bus lane and just under 18,000 have paid fines.
Herts County Council says the number of fines is dropping, from 12,001 in September to 3,209 in October.
Stuart Pile, cabinet chief for highways, said: “We have 56 days after an appeal is lodged to process all the paper work and in a small number of cases we were unable to process the appeals within the statutory time frame.
“The only reason we are not contesting a small number of fines is because of this time factor.
“There is no case for any fines already paid to be refunded.”