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Council applies to enforce moving traffic offences

22 February 2023

Plans to enforce moving traffic offences in Peterborough have moved a step closer following a public consultation.

Peterborough City Council has made an application to the Secretary of State for new enforcement powers to penalise poor and illegal driving habits, helping to reduce congestion, improve air quality and road safety, as well as encouraging sustainable travel.

The council held a recent six-week public consultation on the proposals which generated 48 responses from businesses, motorists and interested parties covering a range of traffic-related issues. Officers considered and replied to the comments raised and a summary of the feedback and responses can be found here.

A decision is expected to be made by July and if approved, the powers will allow the council to reinforce its work to tackle unlawful and dangerous driving behaviour. Enforcement will be carried out using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and fines will be sent by post to road users who continue to ignore the restriction. Residents will receive a warning notice first within six months of the enforcement commencing.

Councillor Marco Cereste, cabinet member for planning, housing and transport, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation, providing us with vital feedback which has enabled us to move these plans forward.

“We will now await a decision from the Secretary of State, but if approved, the new powers will help us achieve many of our key aims such as improving road safety and encouraging sustainable travel, benefitting road users and residents alike. In the meantime, we will continue to engage with and update the public on these proposals and work closely with those directly affected."

Part Six of the Traffic Management Act (2004) allows local authorities to penalise poor driving habits which currently, under criminal law, can only be enforced by the police.

Examples of the type of moving traffic offences that can be enforced under the new powers include:

  • Incorrectly driving into a bus lane or through a bus gate

  • Driving in a pedestrian zone

  • Ignoring a no entry sign

  • Stopping in a yellow box junction

  • Banned right or left turns

  • Illegal U-turns

  • Travelling the wrong way in a one-way street

If granted these powers, the council would initially undertake enforcement at the following six locations around the city:

  • Entrance into Long Causeway from Westgate (Pedestrian zone)

  • Entrance into Westgate from Broadway / Midgate (Pedestrian and cycle zone)

  • Church Street / Cowgate Junction (No entry)

  • Queens Drive West (Safer school street)

  • Apollo Avenue / Peterborough Road - Stanground (Bus gate)

  • Bellona Drive / Whittlesey Road - Stanground (Bus gate)