Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adjudicator:Your Traffic Camera Is in the Wrong Place Council: No, We Don't Think So

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adjudicator:Your Traffic Camera Is in the Wrong Place Council: No, We Don't Think So

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Local government reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

ONE of Newcastle's cash-generating traffic cameras is in the wrong place - a traffic judge has said.

The claim came after a Geordie ex-pat was snared by the camera, at Brunton Lane Bridge, during a visit back to the region in October.

However, Steve and Julie Hynes appealed the ruling, arguing signage was inadequate and easily obscured.

And now the Traffic Penalty Tribunal Service backed their claim suggesting the camera should be positioned to show the offender breach the lanes.

But in Brunton Lane the signage is ahead of the camera - meaning the camera does not record the breach.

Stephen Knapp, a Traffic Penalty Tribunal Service adjudicator, said the vehicle is only captured once in the bus lane and the image fails to show "prevailing traffic conditions at the junction or the signs".

He added: "I would point out to the council that the VCA (the organisation which certifies that the camera is an approved device), and the regulations regarding the use of bus lane cameras, require that the view of the camera should be able to show the contravention in context.

"In my view, that means that the beginning of the restriction should be shown so that a judgement can be made in any particular case about the prevailing traffic conditions.

"Mrs Hynes does not deny driving into the restriction but on the basis of the evidence that I have, I am not satisfied that it was adequately signed, because the nearside sign and the carriageway marking were likely to have been obstructed by the vehicle Mrs Hynes describes."

While Newcastle City Council accepted the ruling the authority has said the authority has no plans to move the camera, or alter the signage.

A Newcastle City Council spokesman said: "We always abide by the decisions made by the adjudication service when dealing with appeals against penalty charge notices. …

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