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Lendal Bridge Cameras 'Not Recording' for First Week of Trial

Lendal Bridge

6:01am 27th September 2013

The number plate recognition cameras on York's Lendal Bridge weren't recording for the first week of the trial car ban, Minster FM can exclusively reveal.

It means we will never know how many drivers were caught out by the trial ban of cars between 10.30am and 5pm between the 27th August and 3rd September, in what was later called a "grace period".

That decision to let drivers off fines in a "grace period" was taken before the trial started but that information was only released to the public on the 3rd September in this statement from Darren Richardson, Director of City and Environmental Services at York Council:

“In response to media enquiries we have received [on 3rd September], I can confirm that we will not be issuing Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to drivers of vehicles who have travelled over Lendal Bridge between the hours of 10.30am and 5pm, since Tuesday 27 August. As of tomorrow, Wednesday 4 September, any cars, lorries or motorbikes travelling over Lendal Bridge between these times will receive a PCN. We strongly urge drivers to continue to be aware of the signage in place and comply with this accordingly.

“We have said from the outset that the purpose of the Lendal Bridge trial is not to generate revenue, but to reduce traffic going over the bridge and through the city centre, as part of a long-term vision to create a more attractive and thriving city centre for us all. We have communicated its implementation in advance through many channels. However, this ‘grace period’ of one week has provided us the opportunity to observe the restrictions in place and to undertake additional publicity to further help residents, businesses and visitors comply with the restrictions. It is also important to stress at this point that any future income generated from PCNs will be invested back into the city’s highway infrastructure.”

City of York Council says it didn’t let drivers know about the grace period in advance and that cameras were not recording as they wanted drivers to obey the signs.

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