Councillor Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the LGA, responds to an RAC survey which found that more than a third of motorists believe councils outside London should be able to enforce ‘yellow box’ junctions.
Responding to an RAC survey which found that more than a third of motorists believe councils outside London should be able to enforce ‘yellow box’ junctions, Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:
“Councils are determined to ensure our road networks operate efficiently and safely. The current situation with most councils unable to enforce the rules of the road and the police lacking the resources to do so is clearly not in motorists’ or any road user’s best interest.
“We are keen to work with the Government on how we could introduce a mechanism that helps to ensure all drivers understand and abide by the rules of the road.
“To reduce congestion, improve air quality, road safety and quality of life in our towns and villages, the Government needs to consider extending councils’ powers to enforce moving traffic offences from London to the rest of the country.
“Giving councils outside London the powers to enforce offences such as banned turns and obstructing yellow box junctions, would help unblock congestion hotspots that delay buses, lengthen journey times and reduce pollution from stationary and slow-moving traffic.
“It would also help cyclists ride more safely and prevent disruption by the small minority of rogue lorry drivers that incorrectly use weight restricted roads through our towns and villages.”