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Warden gives bus parking ticket
Bluebird bus in Manchester
The council has apologised for issuing the ticket
A bus driver was issued with a parking ticket after stopping to pick up passengers.

The traffic warden issued the Bluebird bus with a penalty notice when it stopped in Manchester city centre.

Driver Chris O'Mahony pulled in to Lever Street in the number 77 bus and was handed the 40 ticket for stopping in a restricted area.

The ticket was cancelled after the bus company confronted Manchester City Council about what had happened.

Nick Painter, operations manager of Bluebird Buses, said: "We did raise a few eyebrows at the time.

"But once we explained what had happened to the town hall they apologised and, at the end of the day, it's only a parking ticket."

Common sense must come into it sometimes
Nick Painter, Bluebird Buses
"If buses are illegally parked, by all means give them a ticket - the wardens are only doing their jobs - but not when they are picking up passengers.

"Common sense must come into it sometimes."

A spokeswoman for Manchester City Council said the issuing of the ticket had shown a "lack of judgement" by the warden, who works for parking enforcers Control Plus.

The warden has been ordered to undergo "appropriate retraining", she added.

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