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Romford junction that has cost drivers near £400k in fines

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 March 2018

The No Right Turn junction onto Tangent Link which is has netted the council £400,000 over the past year

The No Right Turn junction onto Tangent Link which is has netted the council £400,000 over the past year

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Havering Council has fined drivers nearly £400,000 in the last year for disobeying a right turn rule at at junction in Romford.

The No Right Turn junction onto Tangent Link which is has netted the council £400,000 over the past year The No Right Turn junction onto Tangent Link which is has netted the council £400,000 over the past year

An enforcement camera was installed at the junction exiting B&Q onto Tangent Link in March last year, and between then and the turn of the year £399,275 worth of fines were handed out by the council.

Following an FOI (Freedom of Information) request by a member of the public that had been fined after being caught out, the council has said that offending drivers are making a “conscious decision” to ignore the traffic restriction if they turn right.

The FOI revealed that since March, 7,540 penalty charge notices were given out, and 4,058 of them were paid within two weeks of them being issued.

In total there were 71 overdue payments for disobeying the “no right turn” rule at the junction, and of those, none of them led to to an external agency being required to collect the money owed.

The Harold Hill resident who originally sumbmitted the FOI said that he did so because he was just interested to see how many other drivers had been caught out.

He said: “I got caught out and just wondered how many others had too.

“I was certain that I wasn’t the only driver that had been caught there.

“I was fined £60 and paid it straight away because I knew he was at fault.”

A spokesman from Havering Borough Council said: “An enforcement camera was installed in March last year to ensure traffic flow and for road safety purposes.

“It is clearly sign posted that there is a banned right turn at this location so any offending drivers are making a conscious decision to ignore the traffic restriction and turn right.

“We have been pleased to see a downward trend in the number of contraventions being committed at this location, indicating that compliance is increasing which is great.

“Ignoring road traffic restrictions, like banned turns and one way streets, have road safety implications for pedestrians and vulnerable road users who will not be expecting a vehicle to be travelling from the wrong direction.”

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