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Second brewer hits out at York's new traffic rules
A SECOND brewer has hit out at York’s new traffic restrictions, after receiving more than £300 in traffic fines in two weeks.
Craig Lee, managing director of Rudgate Brewery in Tockwith said he had received several fines from City of York Council in recent weeks, since the trial closure of Lendal Bridge and new restrictions in Coppergate and other areas. He said he was now having to rethink his deliveries.
He said: “As a small business delivering around York early in the morning their new restrictions have resulted in us getting several fines over the last few weeks.
“It seems unfair on small businesses such as ourselves. There should be some allowance made for small businesses. I’m sure it’s not just me who will end up moaning about it. How are we supposed to deliver our products around the city of York? Some of our clients are right in the centre and before the new rules came in we didn’t have any problems but since they came in we’ve not been given notification of what’s happening.”
Last week, The Press reported that Mordue Brewery in North Shields had said it was pulling out of York after its delivery truck was hit with a £30 fine while delivering to the York Beer and Cider Festival.
Mr Lee said he had been hit by “about 12” fines in the last two weeks, all from one delivery van.
He said: “[BEFORE THAT] As a company, we have had two fines with four vans in the last 12 months. It’s not a killer, but you don’t want to keep it going on forever.
“We’re not denying a breach of the new laws, but how are we supposed to get down all these roads in the timescales available?
"I think if it carries on we’re goig to have to look into other options, and look at how we can deliver into York. It could be evening deliveries. We can’t deliver to pubs at 4am or 5am, so we’ve got a very small timeframe to get into a pub. It used to be 8.30am to 10.30am, but restrictions mostly start from 9am.”
City of York Council declined to respond directly to Mr Lee’s comments but repeated an earlier prepared statement, which said loading and unloading hours were unaffected by the closure of Lendal Bridge, appropriate signage was in place and had been increased since the trial closure began, a new online travel planner had been launched and Visit York had issued increased advice to its members.
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