York Council Hits Back at Calls to Refund Lendal Bridge Fines
8:28am 28th January 2014
York Council has hit back at the city's Lib Dems who yesterday called for the £600,000 raised in fines to be refunded to drivers and for the traffic scheme to be abandoned.
They were making the calls after Essex County Council announced it would return £1 million raised from drivers who were fined due to a confusing bus lane in Colchester.
But there is no sign of York Council altering it's position with the authority denying claims it is now routinely letting people off the fines of up to £60 but the council did say that due to the limited resources are available to process appeals it does occasionally choose to not contest appeals in order to manage workload issues.
York Council also restated that Lendal Bridge meets national traffic sign guidance and is appropriate to the location in which it is sited.It adds that although there have been some alterations to the warning signs since the start of the trial, this has been to increase early warning for motorists approaching the bridge to help people in find another route before reaching the point of the restriction.
The Deputy Leader of York Council, Tracey Simpson-Laing gave Minster FM this statement:
"When the Lib Dems were in control of the Council they passed transport plans including this trial restriction, in opposition they say they are against however a number of Lib Dems tell us they are supportive - you only have to look at tuition fees to see Lib Dems say one thing and do another. I think that the Lib Dems position is ironic as their government is funding the trial through the Better Bus Fund for which the Council had to go through a strict criteria and process to obtain."
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