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Council moves a step closer to traffic camera enforcement of West Bridgford and Newark box junctions

In a move aimed at improving road safety and reducing congestion, Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking approval from the Department for Transport (DfT) to enforce certain moving traffic restrictions.

The move has been recommended by the committee and is expected to move ahead at a Cabinet meeting on 21 September.

The decision is part of a broader initiative to align with the Nottinghamshire Plan’s Ambitions 8 and 9, which focus on improving transport connections and reducing the collective carbon footprint.

CCTV Traffic Enforcement

Since June 1, 2022, Local Authorities have been able to apply for the power to enforce specified traffic movements as civil enforcement of moving traffic contraventions.

Currently, in Nottinghamshire, moving traffic restrictions such as no-entry zones, restricted turns, and one-way streets can only be enforced by the Police, who do not consider these to be a high priority. The Council aims to take over this responsibility to ensure more consistent enforcement.

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The Application Process

The application for these new powers involves a series of steps, including consulting the Chief Officer of Police, conducting a six-week public consultation, and ensuring all relevant equipment is certified by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA).

Public Engagement and Initial Sites

The Council initiated a public engagement exercise on May 4, 2023, which concluded on June 20, 2023. The exercise received over 240 responses, with more than 70% in favor of enforcing all three restrictions at two initial sites:

Radcliffe Road/Trent Boulevard junction in West Bridgford and B6166 Asda access in Newark. Both sites have been chosen due to high levels of non-compliance with existing restrictions.

Financial Implications

The installation of CCTV cameras at the two initial sites is estimated to cost approximately £48K, which can be met from the existing enforcement surplus. Penalty Charge Notices would be set at £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.

Statutory and Policy Implications

The Council has considered various implications, including data protection and financial aspects. The enforcement service will be covered by a comprehensive Data Protection Impact Assessment.

Future Prospects

If the application is successful, the Council will consider future priorities for moving traffic enforcement, including town centre pedestrian areas and environmental weight limits.

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