Cameras to target rogue motorists

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SURVEILLANCE cameras are to be installed in the historic heart of York to target rogue drivers who are continuing to flout traffic restrictions which were first introduced five decades ago.

York Council announced yesterday that automatic number plate recognition cameras will start operating on Coppergate from April 1 next year in a bid to reduce congestion and free up the passage of buses and taxis through the city centre. The council is also introducing strict new controls which include extending the hours of access for authorised vehicles, although the times for loading and unloading will be reduced.

However, retailers have welcomed the move which they claim will help keep pedestrians safer and free up access to the centre of York for visitors.

The York Retail Forum’s chairman, Frank Wood, said: “There are already regulations in force to restrict traffic and the method of enforcing these regulations needs to be effective and sustainable and I am happy to support the move towards ANPR cameras.”

Traffic enforcement restrictions have been in place on Coppergate since the 1960s, but only enforced infrequently.

An enforcement day in August last year, undertaken in partnership with North Yorkshire Police, saw more than 600 motorists ignore no access signs and drive down Coppergate during restricted hours.