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Council bus lane blunder means fines can’t be issued -…

Council bus lane blunder means fines can’t be issued – and many will have to be paid back
2022-03-25 05:00:00
A major council blunder expected to cost at least £200,000 has temporarily frozen bus lane enforcement in Hull with motorists being wrongly issued with penalty notices over the last two months. The move comes after experimental traffic regulation orders extending the operational hours of bus lanes expired recently without a new permanent order being made to replace them. It has left Hull City Council without any legal powers to issue its normal £60 penalty notices to drivers using the bus lanes between 7am and 6.30am Monday to Saturday. Today the council asked motorists not to use the lanes until the new order is officially in place. However, that is not is not likely to happen until the end of next month at the earliest. Read more: Tragic delay of hospital staff that led to girl's death The new order is subject to a statutory period of public consultation which runs until April 13. Any objection would prolong the process. The council also admitted potentially hundreds of penalty charge notices had wrongly been issued since mid-January because of the mix-up. It's believed some automatic number plate recognition cameras monitoring the bus lanes have been switched off until the new order is legally effective. Enforcement on Hull's bus lanes has been temporarily suspended (Image: Hull Live) Despite having no enforcement powers on some routes for two months, the council only acknowledged the issue this week after being approached for a comment by Hull Live. Pre-Covid data shows the council received £713,000 from penalty notices issued to drivers who fell foul of bus lane lane rules in 2018/19. Income raised from the penalties is currently re-invested by the council into highways works and subsidies for young people's travel, including a discount bus travel scheme for under-19s. It also helps support some subsidised bus routes. In a statement, the council said: “We will be issuing full refunds to anybody who was wrongly issued with a penalty charge notice in the period between the experimental Traffic Regulation Order expiring and it being replaced by permanent orders. This was as a result of an administrative error and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. “We will be contacting all affected drivers directly so there is no need to contact us. After a successful trial period, Hull City Council''s cabinet voted in December to make the 7am to 6.30pm bus lanes permanent and this is currently being implemented. “While this is in progress, we ask drivers not to use the bus lanes. We will begin enforcing the orders as soon as they are made permanent at which point driving in a bus lane will result in a penalty

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