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Minster FM Lendal Bridge Debate: Council Defends "Fair" & "Random" Fining System

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1:02pm 26th February 2014

York Council has defended how it processes fines in the city's controversial Lendal Bridge trial, saying it is a "fair system" but can be "random".

It comes after the city council has previously told Minster FM it does sometimes choose not to challenge appeals from drivers due to "workload issues". In addition, Tony Clarke, who's the Head of Transport at York Council told us in December that:

"On some occasions we have cancelled PCNs at our discretion where there has been a genuine exceptional circumstance.  However, as with any traffic enforcement matter the council is not obliged to pursue every penalty and can, at it’s discretion choose to cancel, waive or not pursue certain ones."

Speaking during Minster FM's Lendal Bridge debate, Darren Richardson from the city council defended the system:

To mark the six month point of the trial, Minster FM held a debate allowing key opinion formers representing tourists, businesses, drivers and bus users to share their views with the city council, as well as putting questions from Minster FM listeners.

You can hear more from Minster FM's Lendal Bridge debate on air on 104.7 FM and online today and tomorrow.

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