Coun­cil to re­pay £1m road fines

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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.”

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