A MOTORIST from Cheltenham has won his appeal against a fine for crossing a notorious Gloucester bridge.
David Newman was given a £60 penalty when he was caught on camera crossing Llanthony Bridge from Severn Road on February 14.
He appealed on the basis that signs informing motorists of the prohibitions are not clearly visible and, after a tribunal against Gloucester City Council, won.
He is the second motorist this to year to have such a fine overturned and is calling on the authorities to buck up their ideas or pay the price.
Gloucester City Council is responsible for enforcing the restrictions, but the restrictions themselves, and the signs, come under Gloucestershire County Council’s remit. The county council also gets the income from the fines.
“Gloucester is a great, beautiful city and my wife and I love coming here but it deserves better than this. It doesn’t deserve to have its reputation damaged by what amounts to willful neglect by the council,” said Mr Newman, 69, from Tivoli.
Mr Newman, a supply teacher who used to work at Gloucestershire College, presented photographic evidence at the tribunal showing the signs and road markings to be too small, badly aligned and easily obscured.
Deborah Gibson, adjudicator at the tribunal, said: “I find that the signage taken as a whole is not clear enough to give adequate warning of the restriction and therefore the penalty charge will be cancelled.”
She acknowledged that other appeals, mainly from drivers coming the other way over the bridge, have been lost.
But her judgement – together with a similar victory for pensioner Eric Howard in April – could set a precedent for others.
Jim Daniels, parking manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are always open to suggestions on how we can improve signing and we are acting on feedback.
“We’ve very recently introduced extra road markings on the approach from Severn Road and we’re improving the existing road signs here in the near future too.”