"Outdated one-way systems designed for a car-dominated world mean even the most law-abiding among us risk a £30 fine."
Interesting article here from the Guardian.
I too detest one-way systems. Even worse are those bizarre compromises you get - Ness Walk in Inverness leaps to mind. You're allowed to cycle against the flow of traffic past the Columba Hotel and Riva but the oncoming motorists don't seem to know that!