Havering Council adopts powers to fine motorists for traffic contraventions
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 June 2015
Rogue motorists who make illegal U-turns, ignore one-way signs and drive in bus lanes will be among those given £130 fines from September.
Havering Council has adopted powers from police allowing it to fine motorists who breach traffic regulations.
The authority has said the new powers will allow it to tackle the offences, which have the status of a low policing priority.
Cllr Roger Ramsey, leader of Havering Council, said: “One of our main priorities is keeping the borough safe and this will be a useful weapon to enable us to keep the number of incidents down.
“I understand that not everyone is going to agree with this because more people are going to be fined, but in order for us to make the people of Havering safe, drivers need to be warned.”
Cabinet members on Wednesday approved plans to introduce the fines from September 8 following a three month grace period, to “make the roads safer”.
A list of 270 specific contraventions at sites across the borough has been compiled for enforcement by CCTV cameras and cars.
The traffic contraventions will now be treated as civil offences and motorists will not receive points on their licence, although fines will increase from the £80 handed out by police.
There were three accidents involving pedestrians this week in Albert Road and North Street in Romford as well as Main Road in Gidea Park – two of which feature on the council’s list.
The fines, which will be reduced by 50 per cent if paid within two weeks, will support the cost of the enforcement with any extra money used to improve road transport provision.
Philip Goose, senior community engagement officer at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “It’s critically important that the council deploy staff, in force, to send a strong message to offending drivers.
“These so-called minor offences, can and do lead to road crashes.”