There has been a big increase in the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued to drivers breaking the access only restrictions on Coppergate.
The latest figures suggest that the York Council could receive as much as £1/2 million in fine income during a full year.
The Council originally budgeted to receive around £100,000 in fine income
The change has come since officials stopped issuing “warning letters” to first offenders.
Since these stopped in the summer, the number of notices issued has crept up to reach 801 in November the latest figure available on the Councils web site
The main concern, when the Council chose to switch ANPR cameras back on at the beginning of the year, was reputational risk. The ill-fated spy camera trial in 2014 – which encompassed Lendal Bridge as well as Coppergate – hit visitors to the City particularly hard with many vowing never to return.
How many of the new batch of offenders is local has not been revealed although Freedom of Information requests should break though this secrecy.
It was pointed out last January, that Coppergate was deserted for most of the day and therefore the camera surveillance was unnecessary.
It seems though that the Council has discovered a major “cash cow” and now needs to maximise the fine income to balance its books.