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Calderdale Council to refund £200k of parking tickets

Calderdale Council has revealed it is set to refund £200,000 worth of parking tickets.

The local authority stated that parking orders in Halifax town centre have been illegal for the last six years, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Council leader Stephen Baines explained it has become clear to the council that its traffic regulation orders for these areas cannot be legally enforced.

He said: "There have been some errors in all the background information on these orders – they were small errors, but they were sufficient to make them enforceable."

Calderdale Council is expected to lose £200,000 in revenues as a result of the changes to parking enforcement in Halifax, on top of the £200,000 it will pay out in refunds to drivers who were given tickets in the town between 2008 and 2014.

Calderdale Council's director of economy and environment Ian Gray added that charges for on-street pay and display parking have been temporarily suspended as a result.

Penalty tickets will still be handed out where cars are found to have been parked on yellow lines, as well as in loading bays, in disabled bays and in car parks.

Parking fines are a major source of revenue for local authorities and a sizable impact could be made on Calderdale Council's budget due to the illegal tickets being sent to motorists.

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