The Evening Press in York has persuaded the city council to perform a u-turn after accusing them of committing highway robbery against motorists.
The daily paper launched its Stop the Highway Robbery campaign in July following the imposition of new yellow line restrictions and hefty parking charges in the city centre.
The Newsquest title published a series of articles allowing pubs, restaurants, charities, trade unions and other local groups to vent their rage against the parking restrictions. A petition organised by the paper was signed by 6,500 people in two months.
During a mass lobby of the council, protestors – including one dressed as Dick Turpin, the 18th century highwayman reputed to have ridden from York to London in a day – waved placards provided by the Evening Press.
Now the council has unveiled plans to cut evening charges, launch a latenight park-and-ride bus and offer special concessions for charities to park.