A former councillor fined £60 after venturing into a bus lane at the centre of an “entrapment” row has had his ticket ripped up.
Ayoub Khan won an appeal over the penalty after falling victim to new restrictions controlling access to Priory Queensway.
The authority claimed his challenge succeeded on a technicality covering the paperwork he was sent.
But Mr Khan – a barrister by trade – claimed the council was running scared after being stung by a backlash over the changes, which have particularly infuriated cabbies.
The Mail told earlier this month how drivers were now only allowed on 25 yards of the Queensway, forcing them to either perform dangerous U-turns or risk being fined for entering the no-go area.
Mr Khan, a former Aston Liberal Democrat councillor, said motorists were not being properly told of the changes and everyone fined under the new system should be refunded.
“On Priory Queensway they are leading motorists into a trap,” he said.
“There are no warning signs approaching and then you either have to turn into a private car park or make a dangerous U-turn.
“This is worse than the ruthless traffic warden or car clamper who lies in wait until you are a second over your time, because the council is doing it.
“Hardworking taxi drivers drivers are being caught out along with ordinary motorists – some taking their sons and daughters to the Children’s Hospital.
“The council should improve the signs and pay back anyone who has been fined.”
Another fined motorist, Ben Cheney, from Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, filmed 65 cars travelling in the new bus lane in just 30 minutes.
He said that proved current signage levels were inadequate.
The council has installed new bus lanes and ten cameras around the city centre, costing £2 million over four years.
A council spokeswoman insisted the signs were adequate.
She said: “There are large yellow signs indicating that cars cannot go into Priory Queensway – this has always been the case.
“If anyone feels they have been given a ticket unfairly they have the right to appeal, and drivers can review the footage.”