Automatic Repayment of Lendal Bridge Fines Passed
9:51pm 11th December 2014
(Updated 9:59pm 11th December 2014)
York Council has overwhelmingly voted in favour of a motion to automatically refund the 56,000 motorists fined during the controversial Lendal Bridge trial.
Councillors voted by 42 in favour with three abstentions and no votes against the proposed motion from the city's Liberal Democrat leader Keith Aspden.He said after the meeting:
“I am pleased that as a result of this motion all the Lendal Bridge fines will now be repaid. After the Government’s Traffic Adjudicator ruled that the council had ‘no power’ to issue the fines in the way it did, the only fair thing to do was to refund all those motorists who were caught out. It is just a shame Labour councillors took so long to recognise this.
“By repaying all the 55,000 fines we can begin to repair the deep reputational damage Labour’s botched trial has done to York. As a recent report revealed, the trial was not a transport project managed by council officers but a mess mismanaged by the Labour Cabinet Member. Tonight, councillors took the decision to finally restore some justice and pay all the money back.”
The motion was backed by the Conservatives, Independent Labour, Independent councillors and the ruling Labour group under new council leader Dafydd Williams, who called for a refund after he was made Labour leader earlier this month.
York's two Green councillors did not vote for or against the proposal, as did Lord Mayor Ian Gillies who has to remain politically neutral.
It means the £1.8 million pounds, which the council has kept in a separate account, will now be re-paid to motorists although it is not yet clear how that will be done.
A deadline of 31st December for people to apply for Lendal Bridge fines from the York Council website will also now be scrapped. Those wanting to claim back their Lendal Bridge fine can do so from the council's website.
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