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York Council 'Would Lose' Appeal Over 'Unlawful' Lendal Bridge & Coppergate Fines

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2:42pm 2nd April 2014

York Council "would lose" an appeal of a decision by the government's Traffic Adjudicator that cameras could not be used to issue fines for breaking restrictions on Lendal Bridge and Coppergate. That's according to one of Britain's leading lawyers Nick Freeman, who's known as "Mr Loophole".

Minster FM asked Nick Freeman for his reaction after the city council said it was seeking "independent legal advice" and would keep the restrictions in place, despite the government-appointed judge's decision.

Yesterday, Minster FM exclusively revealed the Traffic Adjudicator said cameras could not be used to issue fines as neither road could be counted as a bus lane due to the 14 exemptions for other vehicles on Coppergate and the 21 exemptions for other vehicles on Lendal Bridge.

The council says the restrictions are still in force and people should continue to pay any fines which are issued.

Darren Richardson, Director at City of York Council, said yesterday: “City of York Council is seeking independent legal advice in relation to the adjudicator’s decision on this specific appeal. We will also be speaking to the Department for Transport, who approved signage used for both schemes.

“The restrictions will remain in place on Lendal Bridge and Coppergate and we would urge drivers to continue to adhere to these.

“We know that a number of councils nationally will be concerned about this decision and the implications this may have in their area.”

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