Councillors call for an inquiry over bus lane blunder in…

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Councillors call for an inquiry over bus lane blunder in…

Councillors call for an inquiry over bus lane blunder in Hull
2022-03-26 05:00:00
Opposition councillors in Hull have called for an inquiry into how the authority left itself powerless to enforce the city's all-day bus lanes. A blunder in letting an experimental traffic order expire has meant there has been no enforcement on the lanes for weeks. An official notice for a new replacement permanent order was belatedly published on Wednesday. However, that is not expected to become effective until at least mid-April because of a required period of public consultation. It means drivers can use the bus lanes until then at any time of the day without being fined. Read more: Tragic delay of hospital staff that led to girl's death Hull City Council has asked motorists not to use the all-day bus lanes until the new order is in place. It has also admitted potentially hundreds of penalty charge notices have wrongly been issued since mid-January because of the mix-up. Opposition Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Mike Ross said he believed there should be an urgent inquiry into the issue. He added: “It is very concerning news that this was able to happen. Hull Liberal Democrat leader Mike Ross at the Bonus Arena during the count for the 2021 Hull City Council local elections (Image: Hull Live) “This blunder is expected to have cost nearly £250,000 so far, money that is used on services in the city. The council needs to be clear what impact this will have. “From start to finish these bus and cycle lanes have been a shambles, marred with mismanagement. The people of Hull are now paying the price. “The council needs to urgently get a grip of this issue, understand what’s gone wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s shameful that this Labour administration has overseen this crippling error.” Conservative Councillor John Fareham said: “It takes a special kind of folly to dictate to a city that 'we know best' and you will do as we say. Not consult on it, clog up the roads because of it, and then get it wrong. “It should be noted these are same officers who tell us we cannot make a decision without them writing a report to guide us as they are the experts. Resignations are probably needed, an inquiry certainly is and names should be

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