An application to Government for moving traffic enforcement powers to help reduce congestion and make roads safer, is set to be discussed at a Southend-on-Sea City Council cabinet next week.
Local authorities outside of London can now apply for moving traffic offences powers, enabling them to issue fines to drivers for certain offences, as part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, that currently only the police have the power to enforce. It’s important to note that the enforcement powers of speeding and dangerous driving will remain exclusively with the police.
If approved by cabinet, the council, who already has the powers to enforce against illegal and dangerous parking, will be able to apply to enforce the below moving traffic offences, which will increase road safety, reduce congestion, and boost active and public transport:
- driving through a ‘No Entry’ sign
- banned right or left turns
- entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear
- driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited
- driving on routes that are for buses and taxis only
- weight restrictions
- ensuring streets outside schools are kept clear and safe
The council’s cabinet are recommended to support and agree a submission to the Department for Transport, enabling the application process detailed within the report to begin, including a public consultation.
Cllr Steven Wakefield, cabinet member for highways, transport and parking, said: “New enforcement powers would bring many benefits to the City’s roads. Whilst we already have powers to address certain parking offences, this will enable us to help keep Southend safe and moving.
“The benefits will see improved safety for all road users, not only physically but improved air quality too, by reducing transport related emissions, in turn playing a small part in helping Southend reach our carbon net zero targets. Meanwhile, it will boost active travel and improve journey times for public transport.
“If approved, there will still be a way to go before the application can be submitted and considered by the Department for Transport, including a public consultation which will help ensure Southend residents can give their views before anything is implemented.”