Coppergate fine unfair

Coppergate fine unfair

Coppergate fine unfair

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I HAD reason to believe that the restriction on private cars driving down Coppergate was lifted each evening at 7pm and all day on Sundays.

This apparently is not the case as I recently received a penalty charge from City of York Council based in, believe it or not, Northampton.

Surely the council here in York has adequate staff to deal with this offence instead of having to send the cheque to Northampton.

I have driven down Coppergate on several occasions a few months ago and took particular notice on Sundays and I saw no evidence of restrictions on private cars.

Not only are the council satisfied with penalising the private motorist to the tune of many thousands of pounds from the Lendal Bridge fiasco, but they need more from Coppergate. It’s a disgrace.

Mr P Brown, Stockton Lane, Heworth, York.

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2:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Jonthan says...

Mr Brown says he had "reason to believe" the restrictions were lifted, But he does not say what those reasons were. It might have been wiser to rely on what it says on the road sign, then he would not have been fined.

The Northampton gripe should be easy to understand. Having a national office to collect fines for all local authorities means you benefit from economies of scale. It makes the fine cheaper to collect. It is for this reason that you have to pay your TV licence to the National authority instead of dropping a cheque through the letterbox at Radio York.
Mr Brown says he had "reason to believe" the restrictions were lifted, But he does not say what those reasons were. It might have been wiser to rely on what it says on the road sign, then he would not have been fined. The Northampton gripe should be easy to understand. Having a national office to collect fines for all local authorities means you benefit from economies of scale. It makes the fine cheaper to collect. It is for this reason that you have to pay your TV licence to the National authority instead of dropping a cheque through the letterbox at Radio York. Jonthan
  • Score: 18

3:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

lezyork1966 says...

i thought they were 7am to 7pm 7 days a week now, i think they used to be shorter hours on sundays (1pm?)
i thought they were 7am to 7pm 7 days a week now, i think they used to be shorter hours on sundays (1pm?) lezyork1966
  • Score: -2

4:01am Sat 8 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Mr Brown says he has 'reason to believe' the road was open.... isn't that the same line people say when they drive along railway lines or into rivers: "I had reason to believe this was a road, according to my satnav which I blindly follow like a slave to the LCD overlord"..

THERE ARE SIGNS - LOOK AT THEM!!
Mr Brown says he has 'reason to believe' the road was open.... isn't that the same line people say when they drive along railway lines or into rivers: "I had reason to believe this was a road, according to my satnav which I blindly follow like a slave to the LCD overlord".. THERE ARE SIGNS - LOOK AT THEM!! Magicman!
  • Score: 10

10:03am Sat 8 Feb 14

Tug job says...

There are none so blind as those that will not see.
There are none so blind as those that will not see. Tug job
  • Score: 11

1:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Lunatic says...

Yet another person ignoring road signs. Driving without due care and attention.
Yet another person ignoring road signs. Driving without due care and attention. Lunatic
  • Score: 0

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