Council to repay £1m road fines
NEARLY 35,000 drivers caught by a controversial bus lane camera since last August are to have their fines returned.
Hertfordshire County Council is to pay back over a £1 million after a traffic adjudicator ruled that the sign layout at Moor End Road in Hemel Hempstead was incorrect.
The adjudicator ruled the wrong wording was used in the traffic regulation order (TRO) used to enforce the bus lane and the road sign layout was incorrect.
Any unclaimed fines are to go to charity.
Stuart Pile, Conservative cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “In this instance we got it wrong in the TRO and I apologise for the error. We have learned lessons and undertake not to make the same mistake again.”
Opposition Lib Dem councillor Nick Hollinghurst said afterwards: “It has been an unnecessary waste of public money but I’m pleased they have finally decided to do the decent thing.”