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Nottingham City Council gets powers to fine drivers for traffic offences with ANPR cameras

Nottingham City Council (NCC) has formally accepted the Moving Traffic Enforcement (MTE) powers extended by the Department for Transport (DfT).

This decision comes after the full implementation of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act (TMA) 2004 by the DfT.

The powers were applied for by NCC in February 2023 and were officially granted in July 2023.

The primary objective behind this move is to ensure better management of the highway network, reduce congestion and pollution, and enhance road safety for all citizens.

The new powers will allow the council to enforce moving traffic restrictions using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Cameras.

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These restrictions, which are already in place but often ignored by drivers, include banned turns, illegal U-turns, and incorrect vehicle movements through specific zones.

NCC has a history of enforcing Bus Lanes under the TMA 2004. With the in-house expertise already present in the Traffic & Flood Risk Management service area, the integration of additional enforcement capacity is expected to be seamless.

The decision to accept these powers is also in line with the council’s commitment to ensuring safer roads, especially in areas where engineering measures have been exhausted, and safety is compromised. A Moving Traffic Policy will soon be outlined, detailing NCC’s process for MTE, supported by an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA).

During the application process for these powers, NCC consulted with the Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, who confirmed approval in writing. Additionally, a public consultation lasting six weeks was carried out, with 73% of the 345 respondents supporting the adoption of the new powers.

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