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Leading Lawyer Urges All Motorists to Appeal York Lendal Bridge Fines

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7:08pm 1st April 2014
(Updated 8:51pm 1st April 2014)

A leading lawyer, known as "Mr Loophole" has urged all 53,000 motorists who have been given fines for crossing Lendal Bridge to write to York Council and ask for their money back.

Nick Freeman, of Freeman & Co. solicitors in Manchester put out the following tweet on his @TheMrLoophole account tonight:

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It ends a day when the restrictions at Lendal Bridge and at Coppergate have been thrown into chaos after Minster FM exclusively broke the news of the government's traffic adjudicator ruling against the city council.

Nick Freeman spoke to Minster FM's Kevin Larkin and offered this advice to motorists:

 
The Adjudicator ruled that York Council cannot issue fines to motorists as neither Lendal Bridge nor Coppergate are bus lanes, due to the 14 exemptions for other vehicles at Coppergate and the 21 exemptions at Lendal Bridge. Because neither road is a bus lane, cameras cannot be used to gather evidence to fine people.

But this afternoon York Council was defiant saying it will seek "independent legal advice" on the decision and that the restrictions remain in force.

Darren Richardson, Director at City of York Council, said: “City of York Council is seeking independent legal advice in relation to the adjudicator’s decision on this specific appeal. We will also be speaking to the Department for Transport, who approved signage used for both schemes.

“The restrictions will remain in place on Lendal Bridge and Coppergate and we would urge drivers to continue to adhere to these.

“We know that a number of councils nationally will be concerned about this decision and the implications this may have in their area.”

An official decision on whether to keep, abandon or extend the controversial restrictions on Lendal Bridge is due at a meeting next month.

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