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Thursday, 10 January, 2002, 16:20 GMT
Man snaps yellow lines 'loophole'
Yellow lines
Bill Robson has photographed hundreds of yellow lines
Millions of motorists throughout the country could have been wrongly fined for parking, it has been claimed by a photographer from North Yorkshire.

Bill Robson, a retired press photographer, began taking pictures of double yellow lines and other parking restrictions after he was wrongly fined.

He now has hundreds of photos of double yellow lines - taken in locations across the country - which he says are illegal.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed they had suspended issuing parking fines in certain places across the county after viewing Mr Robson's file of evidence.

Carry a camera, look for irregularities and document them

Bill Robson

Mr Robson started his crusade last year after he was given a ticket when he parked in the market place in Bedale, North Yorkshire.

He said he was amazed to see the ticket as he had paid particular attention to where he had parked and could not see a yellow line near his car.

Rather than pay the 30 fine he decided to prepare for a court case and took several photographs to back up his claim.

National problem

"I took all my photographs to the police and left them with them while I went on holiday.

"When I returned I found a letter waiting telling me that the fine had been cancelled."

Mr Robson does not believe the problem is restricted to North Yorkshire and has expanded his photo file with examples from across the country.

One of the main problems, he claims, is when double yellow lines are painted without a T-bar finishing off the lines at each end.

We have been open and honest about this matter from the beginning and we have admitted we were in the wrong

North Yorkshire Police

The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) confirmed that with single or double yellow lines there must be a block painted at a 90-degree angle at the end of the lines.

A spokesman said: "If this end line isn't there then the lines have been laid out incorrectly by the local authority and you would have grounds to challenge the ticket in court."

After seeing the file of photographs taken in North Yorkshire, the police are reviewing parking restrictions across the area.

Inspector John Proud said in a statement:"It has come to our attention that some of the parking systems (in particular double yellow lines) within the county have been defectively installed.

"And as a consequence of that North Yorkshire Police and traffic wardens have been advised not to enforce some of these systems for the time being.

"This does not mean however that there is a parking free-for-all and firm action will be taken against anybody who causes unnecessary obstruction.

Advice to drivers

"If anyone who has been issued with a parking ticket has reason to believe it is defective they should contact North Yorkshire police and it will be dealt with on an individual basis by the Central Ticket office and the Crown Prosecution Service.

"We were operating these systems, which were installed by North Yorkshire County Council in good faith, but we have been open and honest about this matter from the beginning and we have admitted we were in the wrong."

Mr Robson said he felt vindicated by the police's response and advised fellow drivers to carry a camera with them at all times.

"Carry a camera, look for irregularities and document them," he said.

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