Consultation on new powers to improve road safety

About the consultation: new powers to improve road safety

Consultation closes: Thursday 4 August 2022
Consultation opened: Thursday 23 June 2022

We're consulting on enforcing moving traffic offences.

A recent change to government legislation gave local authorities new powers to improve road safety and tackle congestion by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to enforce moving traffic offences. Previously only the police were able to enforce these contraventions.

To secure these powers, we must apply to the government outlining how we have consulted with the Chief Constable for Bedfordshire Police, held a public consultation on proposed sites, ensured we have accurate traffic regulation orders, with appropriate signs and lines in place to advise motorists and shown that other reasonable means for enforcement have not worked.

We intend to apply for powers across the civil parking enforcement area of Central Bedfordshire and apply those powers in a number of pilot locations to assess if they improve road safety and tackle congestion. Warning notices would be issued for first-time offences for a period of 6 months following the go-live date.