NEW figures reveal that police issued just 12 fines to drivers of an estimated 69,000 vehicles illegally driving down a town centre street.
The figures relate to St Andrew’s Street South, in Bury St Edmunds, where St Edmundsbury Borough Council says about 200 vehicles a day are accessing the street illegally.
Police issued 212 fines there last year but figures for this year – January 1 to December 8 – obtained by Cllr Paul Farmer under a Freedom of Information request, show just 12 were issued.
“The police have been supportive in trying to catch vehicles prohibited from the street, but something must be wrong if these figures are right,” said Cllr Farmer.
“It means that out of up to 69,000 illegal vehicle movements a maximum of only 12 have been punished. That’s less than 0.02 per cent. Worse still, 99.98per cent appear to be getting away with it and causing a danger to the large number of pedestrians crossing from the arc to the town centre and back.”
Bury Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Jane Hertzog said: “Officers use their discretion and a mixture of education and enforcement to deal with this issue. The drivers of any vehicles found to be in the restricted zone illegally, whether driving through or parked, will be spoken to and/or given a fixed penalty notice as appropriate.”
She added that officers could not be permanently on site to regulate traffic and there were clear signs at both ends to the street, which she asked drivers to obey.