New Traffic Management Act could give Bedford Council more powers to enforce driving laws

As part of the Traffic Management Act (2022), the government will give councils the ability to seek powers to enforce ‘traffic offences on the move’. Currently, only the police can punish these offences.

Bedford Borough Council is considering acquiring these powers and wants to hear the views of residents, businesses and interested parties.

These powers would allow the council to extend the work it is already doing to tackle illegal and unsafe parking and the misuse of bus lanes. The Council’s parking services team would carry out this enforcement work, as part of their current functions.

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Other infractions would be enforced where appropriate signs are in place. These include one-way streets, no U-turns, no left/right turns, no entrances, intersections, as well as areas where cars are not allowed, such as cycle lanes.

To see the full list of offences, for more information and to have your say go to bedford.gov.uk/mtoconsultation

Councilor Charles Royden, portfolio holder for highways, said: “With the powers the council already has, our team is working hard to keep our roads safe.

“The additional powers proposed to tackle ‘traffic offences on the move’ would complement this work and help us tackle this minority of irresponsible drivers.

“Please let us know what you think by visiting bedford.gov.uk/mtoconsultation.”

You can be told online at bedford.gov.uk/mtoconsultation, by emailing [email protected] or by writing to Traffic Operations, Room 109, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street Bedford MK42 9AP . Hard copies are available on request via the Highways Helpdesk on 01234 718003.

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