New Highway Enforcement Powers to Improve Road Safety

Article dated Wednesday Jul 19, 2023 at 04:45 PM

The law around yellow box junctions, one-way systems and banned turns in the centre of Bradford, will now be enforced by Bradford Council.

In the first application of its kind for the district, the Council has been granted new enforcement powers by the Department for Transport in four areas, to improve road safety and free up police resources.

The sites which will be monitored and enforced by Bradford Council using ANPR cameras, are:

  • Godwin Street and Westgate, yellow box junction
  • Godwin Street and Sunbridge Road, yellow box junction
  • Great Horton Road, one-way system outside the Alhambra Theatre
  • Shipley Airedale Road and Leeds Road, no right turn restrictions in both directions

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “These new powers will allow us to take action against drivers who don’t follow the rules and will free up police resources and time so they can focus on more pressing issues.”

Minister for Roads and Local Transport Richard Holden MP, said in the notification to the Council: “Used appropriately, these new civil enforcement powers will play a key role in improving the efficiency and safety of journeys for all road users, and I am delighted to see the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council receiving these powers.”

The order, which comes following a public consultation in December 2022, was laid in Parliament on 27 June and will come into effect on 22 July 2023.

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