Beware ‘bandits’

York Press: Beware ‘bandits’ Beware ‘bandits’

In guidebooks there used to be warnings to beware of bandits and highwaymen on the road.

Perhaps York needs an updated version to warn travellers about the consequences and costs of driving over bridges.

Now everything is done anonymously. They shoot you with hidden cameras, send the demands and threats through the post two weeks later, and to make sure no one in York is involved ask for payment to be sent to a PO Box in Northampton.

If you ring the council you get an automated voice listing the reasons they will not accept for a mistake you’ve made due to living 50 miles away, not knowing the precise time of day (it was, they tell me 4.50pm) or the name of a bridge which they insist is closed despite the fact that it is clearly open.

If this measure is to discourage driving in York, well done! I shall henceforth be driving to Harrogate.

T Lunt, Seymour Walk, Meltham, Holmfirth.

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10:52am Tue 21 Jan 14

George Appleby says...

Dick Turpin was imprisoned in a York Castle cell. Pity it closed. There would be plenty volunteering to hunt down, capture and imprison the bare faced highway robbers there, operating the Lendal Bridge ambush at busy times. Twenty thousand pounds taken in the last 6 months from unsuspecting highway travelers.
If those responsible want to be remembered, they will be!
As they deserve to be!
Dick Turpin was imprisoned in a York Castle cell. Pity it closed. There would be plenty volunteering to hunt down, capture and imprison the bare faced highway robbers there, operating the Lendal Bridge ambush at busy times. Twenty thousand pounds taken in the last 6 months from unsuspecting highway travelers. If those responsible want to be remembered, they will be! As they deserve to be! George Appleby

1:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Well said George, in this case it is a shame we can't give those responsible for this clear robbery the same punishment as Dick T received.
I hope everyone is aware that this scam won't end in February as Alexander and Co want time to analyse the results. (& no doubt scam even more visitors) Most people, including the writer know what a failure this has been now, but the Council are on another planet as we will find out.
Well said George, in this case it is a shame we can't give those responsible for this clear robbery the same punishment as Dick T received. I hope everyone is aware that this scam won't end in February as Alexander and Co want time to analyse the results. (& no doubt scam even more visitors) Most people, including the writer know what a failure this has been now, but the Council are on another planet as we will find out. ColdAsChristmas

2:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
Well said George, in this case it is a shame we can't give those responsible for this clear robbery the same punishment as Dick T received.
I hope everyone is aware that this scam won't end in February as Alexander and Co want time to analyse the results. (& no doubt scam even more visitors) Most people, including the writer know what a failure this has been now, but the Council are on another planet as we will find out.
And ColdAs, what about your prediction that at the end of the experimental period the restrictions will be increased to 12 hours daily on the bridge, "or even 24/7".
Are you sticking with that or should you re-examine your crystal balls?
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: Well said George, in this case it is a shame we can't give those responsible for this clear robbery the same punishment as Dick T received. I hope everyone is aware that this scam won't end in February as Alexander and Co want time to analyse the results. (& no doubt scam even more visitors) Most people, including the writer know what a failure this has been now, but the Council are on another planet as we will find out.[/p][/quote]And ColdAs, what about your prediction that at the end of the experimental period the restrictions will be increased to 12 hours daily on the bridge, "or even 24/7". Are you sticking with that or should you re-examine your crystal balls? Jonthan

2:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

I stand by it, even though there is no case other than robbing the visitor to support this trial.
I stand by it, even though there is no case other than robbing the visitor to support this trial. ColdAsChristmas

4:22pm Tue 21 Jan 14

maccagraeme says...

Bye then.......
Bye then....... maccagraeme

5:09pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Eborwatch says...

and on .... and on ..... and on!!
and on .... and on ..... and on!! Eborwatch

5:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

danielneal452 says...

95% of driving isn't operating the vehicle, it's watching the road, reading the SIGNS & making informed decisions based on the information provided in accordance with the Highway Code!

This is the same across the whole uk! The signs are standardised so that people from anywhere can drive legally anywhere else they wish.

There are a combination of approximately 10 signs & road markings on either approach to the bridge, telling people the information they need to make an informed decision.

If you are still missing ALL of these signs for a bridge restriction, then I wonder what else you are missing while driving! Something which may be more important to road safety!

I'm sorry, controversy aside, the restrictions are in place & are clearly marked. They need to be adhered to. It's as simple as that.
95% of driving isn't operating the vehicle, it's watching the road, reading the SIGNS & making informed decisions based on the information provided in accordance with the Highway Code! This is the same across the whole uk! The signs are standardised so that people from anywhere can drive legally anywhere else they wish. There are a combination of approximately 10 signs & road markings on either approach to the bridge, telling people the information they need to make an informed decision. If you are still missing ALL of these signs for a bridge restriction, then I wonder what else you are missing while driving! Something which may be more important to road safety! I'm sorry, controversy aside, the restrictions are in place & are clearly marked. They need to be adhered to. It's as simple as that. danielneal452

10:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I believe Adam Ant is in York this April?
I believe Adam Ant is in York this April? Pinza-C55

1:30am Wed 22 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

danielneal452 wrote:
95% of driving isn't operating the vehicle, it's watching the road, reading the SIGNS & making informed decisions based on the information provided in accordance with the Highway Code!

This is the same across the whole uk! The signs are standardised so that people from anywhere can drive legally anywhere else they wish.

There are a combination of approximately 10 signs & road markings on either approach to the bridge, telling people the information they need to make an informed decision.

If you are still missing ALL of these signs for a bridge restriction, then I wonder what else you are missing while driving! Something which may be more important to road safety!

I'm sorry, controversy aside, the restrictions are in place & are clearly marked. They need to be adhered to. It's as simple as that.
Exactly, everybody that writes in stating they got a ticket and they think it is wrong might as well be saying "I'm actually a really bad driver, I don't pay attention to bright yellow signs and big capital letters on the road saying BUS LANE" and nothing else in the letter at all. Such drivers are exactly the type we DON'T want in York... we have enough traffic problems as it is without people not reading signs. If they're not going to read the 'no vehicles' sign, what's to stop them not reading a sign that says 'no entry' and drive head-on into a bus, or ignore 'road closed' and drive down an open excavation into some workmen laying a new gas pipe?
[quote][p][bold]danielneal452[/bold] wrote: 95% of driving isn't operating the vehicle, it's watching the road, reading the SIGNS & making informed decisions based on the information provided in accordance with the Highway Code! This is the same across the whole uk! The signs are standardised so that people from anywhere can drive legally anywhere else they wish. There are a combination of approximately 10 signs & road markings on either approach to the bridge, telling people the information they need to make an informed decision. If you are still missing ALL of these signs for a bridge restriction, then I wonder what else you are missing while driving! Something which may be more important to road safety! I'm sorry, controversy aside, the restrictions are in place & are clearly marked. They need to be adhered to. It's as simple as that.[/p][/quote]Exactly, everybody that writes in stating they got a ticket and they think it is wrong might as well be saying "I'm actually a really bad driver, I don't pay attention to bright yellow signs and big capital letters on the road saying BUS LANE" and nothing else in the letter at all. Such drivers are exactly the type we DON'T want in York... we have enough traffic problems as it is without people not reading signs. If they're not going to read the 'no vehicles' sign, what's to stop them not reading a sign that says 'no entry' and drive head-on into a bus, or ignore 'road closed' and drive down an open excavation into some workmen laying a new gas pipe? Magicman!

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