Cash hungry councils may use this proposed driving law change as a ‘revenue stream’

Cash hungry councils may use this proposed driving law change as a ‘revenue stream’

Local councils may receive authority to issue the charges for common motoring errors such as moving into cycle lanes or stopping within box junctions. Under current regulations, police officers are tasked with issuing fines and penalties to drivers but these are rarely enforced. 

Ministers have hinted they will hand over the powers to councils to bring the rest of England into line with London. 

Junior Transport Minister Baroness Vere told the House of Lords changes could be made under the Transport Management Act 2004 to give councils more authority. 

She hinted the extra income from the scheme would help local areas deliver transport changes for various regions. 

Speaking in the House of Lords, she said: “We are giving thought to the role these powers could play in helping councils deliver their transport plans.”

A further 36 percent agreed they should have the power but only use it to enforce the law at junctions which are known to cause problems for road users. 

RAC spokesperson, Simon Williamns warned some junctions may “not be set up fairly” which was causing motorists to stop and incriminate themselves. 

Although he revealed the RAC supported councils enforcing laws, the group was also worried about the risk of authorities using the charges as a lucrative “revenue stream”.

He said: “While the majority are in favour of councils more widely being allowed to use cameras to catch offenders, there is a strong feeling that many junctions are not set up fairly which leads to drivers having no choice but stop in them, whether that’s due to poor traffic light sequencing, poor design or being used in the wrong place.

“The RAC is generally supportive of local authorities having the power to enforce yellow box junctions because of the value of local knowledge, but has concerns that it could lead to local authorities being inconsistent in their application of road traffic law.

“There is also a risk that cash-strapped authorities may see it as a lucrative revenue stream. To prevent this, we think warning letters for a first contravention would be appropriate.”

Published at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:40:00 +0000