York Council "Not in Position to Answer" if Lendal Bridge & Coppergate Fines Still Being Issued
6:02pm 4th April 2014
The man in charge of transport at York Council says he is "not in a position to answer" if fines are still being issued from cameras on Lendal Bridge and Coppergate.
The council does say the restrictions are still in force and that drivers are urged to continue to obey them.
In his first interview since Minster FM revealed a government appointed traffic judge said the council could not use it's cameras to issue fines due to neither location being a bus lane, Dave Merrett was asked by Minster FM's Kevin Larkin if the cameras were still sending out fines.
Earlier today, the council's Chief Executive Kersten England said in a statement that legal advice the council had proved that the restrictions were lawful. The statement said:
“Having received independent legal advice from a leading legal expert in this field we are confident we are operating both Lendal Bridge and Coppergate schemes within the law.
“We also take assurances from Oxford, who contested with a similar appeal with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and successfully won.”
Dave Merrett has faced calls to resign from opposition councillors and some members of the public. We asked him if he did consider standing down.
But Dave Merrett said that he did believe the decision to bring in the Lendal Bridge trial and to tighten up restrictions on Coppergate was the right one.
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