Oxfordshire County Council has obtained government permission to use cameras to enforce traffic regulations, including stopping in yellow box junctions, illegal turns, and vehicle restrictions.
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be fitted around specific locations in Oxfordshire to improve safety, ease congestion and reduce inconsiderate and dangerous driving.
Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “We are delighted to be among the first wave of councils to be given these powers. Residents are desperate for us to tackle law breakers on our roads, and they are frustrated that a minority of drivers are getting away with dangerous or antisocial behaviour.
“Getting the powers to install cameras to make our roads safer was one of the priorities of this administration. Now that the government has approved our application to take on these delegated powers, we can make Oxfordshire’s roads safer and less congested.”
The purpose of the change is to enable councils to manage specific problem areas through ANPR camera enforcement – similar to how bus gates operate – with the fines being retained by the authority to cover the maintenance and management costs.
Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads, Buses and Places, said: “Used appropriately, these new civil enforcement powers will play a key role in improving the efficiency and safety of journeys for all road users, and I am delighted to see Oxfordshire County Council as one of the early adopters.”
It is the first time local authorities outside London and Cardiff have had the opportunity to apply for these powers. The police will retain the power to enforce traffic regulations in addition to the county council’s camera enforcement at the specific sites.