Traffic police have defended a decision to issue a #30 fine to a motorist who stopped on the hard shoulder of one of Europe's busiest motorways to ask for directions.
The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said it was unable to comment on the case of Rachael Farthing, who claims police acted unreasonably when she pulled over on the M6 near Birmingham.
But a spokesman for the CMPG stressed that drivers should only use the hard shoulder in an emergency.
"As a matter of information, the hard shoulder of a motorway is acknowledged as an extremely dangerous environment and the Highway Code is clear as to the dangers and correct procedures," the spokesman said.
"Motorists are encouraged to ensure they make good preparation before journeys, ensuring sufficient provision for emergencies and being aware of their route.
"The officers of the CMPG are directed to ensure that the safety of the travelling public is maintained. They have discretion to enforce legislation as appropriate."
Miss Farthing, from Oadby, Leicester, said she was furious at her treatment.
The 44-year-old, who got lost while trying to find the exit from the M6 to Birmingham city centre, said:
"It was dark. I was a damsel in distress."