Tribunal victory for motorist fined over Llanthony Bridge use
VISITORS to Gloucester will give up on the city unless clear indications of fines for crossing Llanthony Bridge are introduced, according to the latest motorist to win an appeal.
David Newman was given a £60 penalty when he was caught on camera crossing the bridge from Severn Road on February 14.
He appealed on the basis that signs informing motorists of the prohibitions are not clearly visible and, after a tribunal against Gloucester City Council, he won.
He is the second motorist this to year to have such a fine overturned and is calling on the authorities to buck up their ideas or pay the price.
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Gloucester City Council is responsible for enforcing the restrictions, but the restrictions themselves, and the signs, come under Gloucestershire County Council's remit. The county council also receives the income from the fines.
"Gloucester is a great, beautiful city and my wife and I love coming here, but it deserves better than this. It doesn't deserve to have its reputation damaged by what amounts to wilful neglect by the council," said Mr Newman, 69, from Tivoli in Cheltenham.
Mr Newman presented photographic evidence at the tribunal showing the signs and road markings to be too small, badly aligned and easily obscured.
Deborah Gibson, adjudicator at the tribunal, said: "I find that the signage taken as a whole is not clear enough to give adequate warning of the restriction and therefore the penalty charge will be cancelled."
She acknowledged that other appeals, mainly from drivers coming the other way over the bridge, had been lost, but her judgement – together with a similar victory for pensioner Eric Howard in April – could set a precedent for others.
Jim Daniels, parking manager at the county council, said: "Cases are put to the parking appeals adjudicator on a case-by-case basis, with each considered on its own individual points.
"We are always open to suggestions on how we can improve signing and we are acting on feedback."
He added: "We've very recently introduced extra road markings on the approach from Severn Road and we're improving the existing road signs here in the near future, too."