New Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have been installed at eight locations across Medway to help improve safety and congestion on Medway’s roads.
The cameras will be used to enforce traffic signs and road markings and issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for offences such as driving through a ‘no entry’ sign, illegal turns or stopping in yellow box junctions.
Better enforcement of these contraventions will make the roads safer and less congested, helping us to meet the objectives set out in the Medway Council Strategy 2023 to 2024 and Local Transport Plan.
These changes will come into effect from Monday, 5 February 2024.
ANPR cameras will capture the vehicle registration number of motorists who don’t comply with traffic signs and road markings at the chosen sites.
The footage will be reviewed by trained Medway Council staff before a PCN is issued. Emergency services will continue to be exempt.
For the first six months a warning letter will be sent rather than a PCN for a first-time offence. However, repeat offences within this six-month period will result in a PCN being issued.
Income generated through PCNs issued will be used to cover the set-up and running costs of enforcement. Any surplus income will be invested back into Medway’s roads through highway repairs, public transport infrastructure improvements and environmental projects.
Cllr Tris Osborne, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “We are committed to keeping Medway moving and by using these new powers to enforce these existing traffic restrictions we can help reduce congestion and further enhance the safety of our roads for all users, including pedestrians.”
Previously, these offences could only be enforced by the police. However, following a public consultation in 2022 the government granted Medway Council the ability to enforce moving traffic offences in July 2023.
The police will also continue to enforce moving traffic offences across Medway, including at these locations.