Solihull Council consults on new traffic enforcement powers


The Council is considering taking up new powers to enforce moving traffic rules on four junctions across the borough.

This follows the government announcing last year that local authorities in England could apply to get new powers to enforce moving traffic offences under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

The moving traffic rules that could be enforced include drivers entering hatched yellow boxes when there is no exit, making a turn that is not allowed, making u-turns where they are banned or entering restricted areas.

It is hoped that encouraging drivers to follow the rules would have a positive impact and make our roads safer for all road users (including improving safety around schools) and could reduce congestion.  In addition, it could improve journey times for public transport and encourage active travel.

These powers would be in addition to the powers the Council already has to enforce parking restrictions on roads in the borough such as double yellow lines. 

The Council would use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify drivers that contravene restrictions. Drivers who are caught will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (fine). The cost would be £70 or could pay at a discounted rate of £35 if paid within 21 days.

The first four locations where the Council would like to apply these powers are:

•    A34 Stratford Road / Richard Lewis Way – No U-turns 

•    B4102 Warwick Road / New Road – yellow box junction 

•    Station Road / Herbert Road – prohibition of driving (pedestrian zone)

•    Elm Farm Avenue – prohibition of driving (pedestrian and cycle zone – Marston Green School Streets) 

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure, said:

“I am thinking about applying to the Secretary of State for these new powers so that we will be able to enforce moving traffic contraventions ourselves.

“These traffic rules can currently only be enforced by the Police but if we get the enforcement powers we can also enforce these restrictions too, although I must make it clear this will not mean replacing existing Police powers.

“With these new powers and using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology we can increase enforcement and encourage driver compliance with the rules.

“Before I do anything I want to hear from as many residents and motorists as possible, so please go to Your Voice Solihull and take part in the survey.”