A MOTORIST who has spent five years driving over Burton’s notorious bollards has become its latest victim following confusion over a repair van this morning.
Linda Porter, who has held a permit to use the entire length of High Street since 2008, believed the bollard near Burton and South Derbyshire College was out of action as a repair van she had seen many times before was parked next to it.
It was later revealed the repair van had fixed the same bollard just minutes before.
Mrs Porter, who works at Talbot & Co solicitors, said: “The bollard was down and I was going to drive over it because I saw the repair van parked up like he always is when a bollard is out of order.
“I was going over it and he yelled for me to stop but then the bollard just went up.
“The car before me went over it with no problems.
“I go down here every day since they were put in place. I am not one of these stupid people who drive over it (not realising it is there).”
She is one of hundreds of victims that have been snared by the bollards since their installation.
Many have been following buses (allowed to use High Street) and have been accused of tailgating, others admit they didn’t see or read the warning signs.
Staffordshire County Council installed the rising bollards at a cost of £250,000 to stop cars driving down parts of High Street and Station Street.
A review in 2011 deemed the bollards unsafe and recommended a number of changes, some of which were implemented last year.
A second review was due to be completed last month but so far the county council has been unable to provide any results.
Mrs Porter added: “I don’t know what to feel but it was when the airbag went off that was the most shocking.
“I don’t know cost of the repair but I think the radiator has broken and the fan sounds like it is hitting something when I start the car.”
The repair man said he had just repaired the bollard from a previous accident and had seen five or six cars go through before Linda came along at around 8.50am.
He said: “I will now have to fix it again.”