Kent County Council plans to enforce traffic offenses in changes to Traffic Management Act

Plans are being made to use new powers to improve safety and tackle traffic congestion by enforcing traffic violations.

Kent County Council (KCC) is asking the Department for Transport (DfT) for these new powers, for offenses which previously could only be enforced by the police.

If approved by the DfT, the specialist automatic number plate recognition technology would help ensure compliance of authorized signs. Moving traffic control will only be applied when action is needed to achieve key objectives such as improving road safety and tackling traffic congestion.

Cabinet Member of Kent County Council for Highways and Transport, David Brazier

With the introduction of the legislation, councils outside London are preparing to enforce against offenses including driving through ‘no entry’ signs, no bends, entering yellow junctions when exiting n ‘is not clear and driving vehicles on routes marked only for buses and taxis.

If KCC obtains these powers, we will be able to use them on the entire Kent road network. The locations in Ashford, Dartford and Gravesend and Maidstone are among the first seven locations where we are considering using these powers.

KCC’s cabinet member for highways and transport, David Brazier, said“Our first step is to ask the DfT to be included in the list of authorities who can enforce major traffic offences.

“If KCC is granted these powers, they will be used across the county in a phased approach.

“We hope that a better app will help improve compliance at these specific sites to make the necessary improvements in safety, congestion and public transport and I encourage people to let us know their views. .”

Consultation opens today [15th March] and will close on 9and May. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/trafficmanagementact to find out more and have your say.

For any other format, send an e-mail [email protected] or call 03000 42 15 53 (SMS relay service number 18001 03000 42 15 53). This number is directed to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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For more information, contact Ellis Stephenson – [email protected] – at the KCC press office

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