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Parking fine not issued in error says tribunal

Swansea Council has pledged to refund hundreds of motorists that were issued with a parking ticket during a major highway improvement scheme.

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The Council had put in place a series of diversions while a main road near Liberty Stadium was being resurfaced. The diversion led to hundreds of motorists driving through a bus gate that was controlled by an enforcement camera.

In total, 784 tickets were issued and 540 have since paid the fine.

A number of motorists who appealed the ticket took their case and the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT). Some had their appeals upheld.

However, the latest appeal made by a motorist was overturned by TPT who has supported the Council's actions and those of the contractor, confirming that the diversion was correct and signage appropriate.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "We fully believe that the traffic arrangements that were put in place were sufficient and our data shows that in the main, more than 80 percent of traffic using that route during the closure followed the diversion.

"The latest decision by the tribunal now appears to back up our actions.

"We can't ignore the high number of tickets that were issued and accept some motorists were confused.

 "Refunding all motorists who paid the fine will help to draw a line under this matter. We will also look to improve traffic management we introduce when future diversions are implemented.

"This is a one-off goodwill gesture and motorists need to be mindful that the bus gate in question includes permanent signage warning motorists not to enter the gate. This is entirely for safety reasons to ensure public transport and regular motorists can move around this route safely."

The Council will now write to all those that paid the fine to inform them of how they can obtain their refund.

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