Graham J <nob...@nowhere.co.uk
> Liz Tuddenham wrote:
> > Thanks to everyone who replied to my "Archived webpages" post about 4
> > months ago. I needed the information to prove that my local council had
> > advertised the boundaries of a Clean Air Zone in the wrong location
> > immediately prior to it coming into force. The resulting change in
> > signage resulted in entrapment.
> > I am please to say that, having taken the case to a tribunal, the
> > adjudicator accepted my evidence and agreed that the signage appeared to
> > be inadequate. He found against B&NES Council on the grounds that they
> > had made a procedural error, but his comments on the signage may be
> > helpful to anyone else who has been trapped in this way.
> Is the adjudicator's judgement published anywhere for us to see?
The judgements are individual, so as far as I know they aren't
> What sort of vehicle do you drive? I see the B&NES Council website
> says: "If you drive a private car or motorbike you do not need to pay
> the charge"
A diesel van Euro 5 compliant.
They initially said all Diesel vehicles before Euro 4 would be charged
but E5&6 were exempted; then they exempted cars, motorbikes, showmans
vehicles, ambulances etc etc(a very long list); then they said
commercial E5 vans were not exempted and campers counted as commercial
vans, so they have been raking it in from unwitting tourists and people
who went out and bought E5 vans or campers on the strength of the
A couple of months after the zone started, one third of all motorists
caught were refusing to pay the charge and it looks as though 300 a
month are taking it to the tribunal.
Meanwhile plumbers are refusing to take on jobs in Bath, tradesmen are
having to drive miles (even into the next county) to deliver their
goods, city centre businesses are closing and the council is patting
itself on the back for being so 'green'.