Letter of the week: 'South Tyneside Council should waive speed camera fines'

South Tyneside Council should think again about collecting fines from speeding motorists near Jarrow's Scotch Estate.
South Tyneside Council should think again about collecting fines from speeding motorists near Jarrow's Scotch Estate.

So, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal has ruled that the signage exiting from Edinburgh Avenue (Scotch Estate) onto the A194 is adequate?

So, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal has ruled that the signage exiting from Edinburgh Avenue (Scotch Estate) onto the A194 is adequate.

Coun Allan West is quoted in the Gazette on November 15 as saying “the response from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal is further reassurance for the travelling public that the bus gate at Edinburgh Road is clearly signed and complies with requisite Dept of Transport Regulations”.

Does Coun Allan West have any empathy at all with the 1,000s of drivers who have travelled this way for decades and who have clearly not seen or been aware of the change of right of way ?

Does Coun Allan West think we have experienced a sudden upsurge of South Tynesiders who are wilfuly breaking road rules knowing that they will incur a fine?

A decent council would waive all outstanding fines for motorists unwittingly contravening new traffic rules on a route they have used from time immemorial to commute to work.

They would ensure that far clearer signage than the minimum legally required was in place and would do this with the understanding that they are there to serve the people not themselves.

Henry Pearce,

UKIP South Tyneside.

Last week's letter of the week: Can South Tyneside Council afford to splash out on annual fireworks display?