Driver puts her foot down over ‘unfair’ speeding fine

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A Cupar woman is challenging a hefty fine imposed for exceedng the speed limit in a 20mph zone she says she was unaware of because the sign couldn’t be seen.

Artist Kirsten Scheurel was shocked to be handed a £100 fixed penalty and three points on her licence after being stopped by police in Carslogie Road.

She was travelling westwards towards Bell Baxter High School at 30mph and had no idea she was in a 20mph zone.

She says the sign telling drivers to slow to 20mph when its lights flashed was not only on the opposite side of the road but was also completely obscured by trees.

“I know I’m not the only driver this has happened to and I believe it’s totally unfair,” she said.

“I had no idea I was doing anything wrong because the sign wasn’t visible.

“I don’t feel it’s fair that the police can enforce this sign if there is in any doubt that this sign is partial obscured or completely hidden from the driver.

“It’s not just trees that create a problem - the sign can’t be seen when a high vehicle is passing either.

“£100 is a lot of money and I am refusing to pay it. I will go to court if necessary.

“I might regret it, but at least I’ll have made my point.”

The sign operates on a part-time basis and flashes at peak times in the school day.

And according to Fife Council’s transportation officials, the sign is perfectly legal.

“I remain satisfied that the speed limit is legally competent,” said lead professional Colin Stirling.

“The issue with large vehicles causing a temporary obstruction to the speed limit sign is a situation that could occur anywhere on the road network in relation to any vital road sign.

“ The speed limit on the A91 is signposted in accordance with current legislation.

“The issue with overgrowth obstructing signs can be more problematic and is something our roads maintenance team deal with when overgrowth issues become apparent.

“These speed limits have been put in place to improve community safety and particularly in areas where there are child pedestrian movements to/from school. With this in mind I would be disappointed if the Police did not enforce these limits strictly.

“It is ultimately the drivers responsibility to travel at appropriate speeds and adhere to the posted speed limit.”

Kirsten also complained to the police, but they were equally unsympathetic.

In a letter, they told her that they couldn’t intervene in the matter and non-payment of a fine was a criminal offence.