UPDATE 17/1/18 WE UNDERSTAND EXECUTIVE CLLR IAN GILLIES IS TO INTERVENE IN TH DISPUTED. WE UNDERSTAND THAT HE ACCEPTS THAT SOME PROVISION NEEDS TO BE MADE FOR MOPEDS NEEDING TO ACCESS MILLFIELD LANE & LOW POPPLETON LANE. WE EXPECT SOME CHANGES, BUT NOT NECESSARILY BEFORE THE ANPR CAMERAS ARE SWITCHED ON.
The new bus lane on Low Poppleton Lane/Millfield Lane is ready to be opened. It will be guarded by ANPR cameras which will automatically issue £90 fine notices to anyone driving through the “gate”, other than local bus services
The scheme has attracted criticism because of safety concerns. It emerged the decision was taken in early September without any public consultation.
The papers for the decision meeting don’t include the usual safety audit.
Most criticism has come from moped users who claim the new system will force them to use the busy A1237 northern by pass. That route involves the use of two multi lane roundabouts.
The Council have been alerted to the issue, but they claim that moped riders could dismount and push their bikes along the adjacent cycle lane. We think that there is little chance that most moped users will do that. Most will simply by-pass the gate by riding along the cycle track.
Anyone with concerns can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, a Freedom of Information request has been submitted to the Council asking it to publish the safety audit reports for the area together with accident, speed and volume figures
NB. Restrictions on Low Poppleton Lane were originally introduced following problems with sugar beet lorries short cutting through a street which included a school entrance. The sugar factory has long gone while the school has moved and now occupies a site on Millfield Lane
North Yorkshire Police has stepped up the fight against travelling criminals with the introduction of a new generation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
As part of a £1m investment in ANPR announced last year, the first phase of the new, moveable cameras – known as re-deployable cameras – has been rolled out across North Yorkshire.
The cameras use the very latest technology which produces enhanced images and the ability to capture distinguishing marks on a vehicle.
North Yorkshire Police are the first police force in the UK to use this model of ANPR camera.
ANPR works by reading the registration number of a vehicle, and after checking the number against a database of information, will issue an alarm if the vehicle is linked to criminality.
It is used by the police to prevent and detect crime, as part of ongoing investigations, post-incident investigations, as well as helping in the search for vulnerable missing people, wanted criminals and to target uninsured and untaxed vehicles.
ANPR camera use to be extended
The Council has announced that it will use camera cars to enforce zig zag parking restrictions outside schools.
This is likely to be of limited value at some schools where some parents park on yellow lines, verges and block access driveways.
Use of such camera cars has been controversial in other towns and cities but the vehicle may give some comfort to schools and their immediate neighbours.
Ironically the DfT is just completing its public consultation on car parking. One of the options being considered is to limit the use of CCTV cameras near schools!
More significantly in York, Labour Councillors are now proposing to extend the use of number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras in the City.
ANPR cameras have been responsible for identifying over 50,000 drivers on Coppergate and Lendal Bridge, with fines totalling around £1 million already issued.
Clearly this potential cash cow has proved to be attractive to the Council.
It will decide later today to introduce camera enforcement of more bus lanes later this year with a target income of £50,000.
It is also budgeting to receive an additional £100,000 in 2015 from the “Further introduction of ANPR enforcement measures across the City where network congestion can be improved”.
The budget papers published by the Council make no mention of how much revenue they except to raise from the continued use of the Coppergate (or Lendal Bridge) cameras during the next financial year.
A Freedom of information request has revealed that the ANPR restriction enforcement cameras on Lendal Bridge were not working for long periods in late September and early October.
This will come as little consolation to the increasing number of visitors to the City who are being caught out by bus lane cameras.
Many are using this web site to vent their concerns.
Some say that they will never return to York.
Others are just bemused by the poor signage of the restrictions.
The Council has still not published its assessment report for October
The Council says that, “for technical reasons the cameras on Lendal Bridge were not operational in one or both directions on the following dates”.
A new vehicle activated speed warning sign has been installed on Tadcaster Road near its junction with Mayfield Grove.
New VAS on Tadcaster Road
Several dozen of the signs have been in use in York for the last 5 years. They are triggered when an approaching vehicle is detected to be over the 30 mph speed limit.
They are a warning to drivers. No details are retained by a camera.
However the new device on Tadcaster Road was today flashing a 30 mph warning message to virtually all approaching vehicles irrespective of their speed.
Those apparently exceeding the speed limit included service buses.
Local LibDem Councillor Ann Reid has raised concerns about Tadcaster Road which does have a poor speed and accident record. The Council is right to try to address these issues.
However, the new VAS was installed without any consultation and needs to be properly calibrated if it is to have any credibility.
NB. Over the last 5 months the Police camera van has caught over 200 motorists on Tadcaster Road breaking the speed limit.