Calls to set up commission over York bridge row

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SENIOR politicians will debate establishing an independently-chaired commission into the controversy over fining drivers who crossed the historic Lendal Bridge in York.

Plans to introduce the cross-party congestion commission will go before York Council’s cabinet on May 6. The authority has maintained that the aim of the traffic trial was to boost York’s “world-class status” by tackling congestion in the city centre.

But it faced criticism over the scheme to penalise private drivers using the bridge between 10.30am and 5pm with a £60 fine, which intensified after a motorist successfully challenged his penalty notice in a move which suggested the council might not have the power to issue fines.

The authority insisted it had legal advice that supported its position but later decided not to pursue the scheme further.