Increased council powers to deal with traffic offences

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed news that local councils are to be given extra powers to tackle moving traffic offences from December.

The new enforcement powers will allow local authorities, rather than the police, to enforce against moving traffic offences such as disregarding one-way systems or entering mandatory cycle lanes.

The change has already taken effect in London, where reports suggest it has significantly reduced police workload on traffic offences, allowing officers to prioritise more important and serious criminal matters, while also improving enforcement.

Maria Caulfield MP said “Giving these powers to local councils rather than the police has worked well in London, seeing improved enforcement as well as freeing up police time for more serious offences. I hope that these new powers will allow our local councils to enforce traffic restrictions and weight limits and other restrictions through villages like Ditchling ( pictured) and Alfriston.”