Sandwell Council consults on Moving Traffic Enforcement powers

Councillors in the Sandwell area of the West Midlands are to consult on changes to enforcement of Moving Traffic Offences in the borough after agreeing to ask Police for more powers.

A public consultation with Sandwell residents and West Midlands police chief constable, Craig Guildford, will take place for six weeks from next month.

Offences to be covered by more enforcement include incorrectly driving in a bus lane, stopping in a yellow box junction, making banned turns or u-turns, going the wrong way down a one-way street or ignoring a Traffic Regulation Order.

The Penalty Charge Notices will be issued with Moving Traffic Enforcement at the higher level of £70 for “moving traffic contraventions” – reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days in line with existing traffic enforcement policy in the borough.

Danny Millard, cabinet member for environment, is quoted by the Birmingham World website as saying: “This initiative will improve road safety in Sandwell at neutral cost to our residents so therefore it’s very beneficial.

“The enforcement method would be through static cameras that could be randomly deployed. So we we identify a location and we put those icons in there. The penalty charge includes the maintenance and the operation and the administrative enforcement in terms of the static speed cameras.”

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