"Councils have long called for a suite of moving traffic offence enforcement powers to protect cyclists and motorists."
Responding to the package of measures announced by the Department for Transport to improve cyclist safety, Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Transport spokesman, said:
“Councils continue to invest in cycling despite being hampered by funding cuts and will always look to introduce cycling provisions as part of new infrastructure when there is a clear need and demand. They will take into account a range of local factors when deciding how best to prioritise their limited infrastructure budgets and this must be a matter for local decision-making, and not for national government.
“Very little can currently be done to stop the minority of inconsiderate and dangerous drivers who block cycle lanes, pull up in cycle boxes at traffic lights and clog box junctions. Not only do these needless infringements cause frustration to responsible motorists, they can also put cyclists at risk by forcing them into busy traffic.
“Councils have long called for a suite of moving traffic offence enforcement powers to protect cyclists and motorists. These powers already exist in London and can be rolled out quickly across the country. Councils take the safety of all road users, including cyclists, very seriously and look forward to exploring the proposals in greater detail. It is important that any new powers are fully funded and are not at the expense of other vital services.”