Traffic cameras could soon be installed on this busy junction in Hereford, to ensure that motorists aren’t carrying out banned turns.

The Widemarsh Street / City Link Road junction is just one of the roads that Herefordshire Council is hoping to get powers to enforce moving traffic regulations.

Herefordshire Council could soon be given the power to issue fines to motorists for using this junction in Hereford incorrectly, as well as a number of other locations (Full list at bottom of article). Traffic monitoring cameras could be installed, meaning that fines would automatically issued to those deemed to be incorrectly using the junction.

Herefordshire Council has been asking residents for their views on the introduction of measures to enforce moving traffic regulations.

This includes stopping in yellow boxes at junctions, ignoring no-entry signs, making banned turns, contravening ā€˜access onlyā€™ routes and parking on yellow zig-zag lines outside schools.

Traffic regulations act to make the roads safer for all users and to help keep traffic flowing in busy areas.

Changes in Government legislation (implementation in full of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004) mean that councils in England will have control of enforcement powers for moving traffic contraventions, previously held by the police. Measures to enforce moving traffic regulations include the installation of cameras and the issuing of penalty notices.

Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet member transport and infrastructure said: ā€œRoad safety for all users, however they travel, is a key concern. Traffic regulations help make roads a safer environment and enable traffic to flow freely. They help increase safety for example by preventing stopping on zig zag lines outside of schools and driving up streets the wrong way, and help traffic flow better by preventing blocking at key junctions.

ā€œWe would like to hear from all residents, whether they drive, cycle or walk, for their feedback on driver behaviour and the areas in our towns and City where better enforcement of traffic regulations may be needed.ā€

In July 2020, the government announced plans to improve cycling and walking uptake in Gear change – a bold vision for cycling and walking.

As part of this strategy, the Department for Transport is changing the way moving traffic contraventions are enforced. Currently, only London and Welsh local authorities have powers to enforce these restrictions by the issue of a penalty charge notice.

The new regulations will be coming into effect in summer 2022, as a result, a number of new contraventions will become enforceable by councils rather than the police.

These new powers will enable enforcement of the following restrictions by camera:

One way streets

Banned turns

Pedestrian zones

No entries

Yellow boxed junctions

Cycle and bus routes

Restricted access/weight limits

Stopping on school keep clear markings

Herefordshire Council has indicated its intention to the Department for Transport to adopt these powers in order to promote a safe environment for all road users and to allow traffic to flow freely.

The locations are also listed in the following table:

Location: A438 / A49 Junction (Steels), HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: A438 Eign Street / Aldi junction, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: A49 Edgar Street / Tesco roundabout, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: A49 Victoria Street / Barton Road, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: Bewell Street, HerefordVehicle restriction type: No entry except access
Location: Blueschool Street / Widemarsh Street, HerefordVehicle restriction type: No entry except access
Location: Blueschool Street, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: Broad Street, HerefordVehicle restriction type: One way
Location: City Link Road / Widemarsh Street, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Banned turns
Location: Commercial Road / Stonebow Road, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: Commercial Road / Union Walk, HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: Commercial Square (outside The Kerry), HerefordVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: East Street, HerefordVehicle restriction type: No entry except access
Location: High Town (St Peters), HerefordVehicle restriction type: No entry except access
Location: Holme Lacy Road (Near Goodwin Way)Vehicle restriction type: Weight restriction
Location: Offa StreetVehicle restriction type: One way
Location: Prior StreetVehicle restriction type: No entry / one way
Location: Springfield Avenue / Hunderton Avenue)Vehicle restriction type: Contravention of no entry / one way
Location: Widemarsh / Conningsby StreetVehicle restriction type: Yellow box
Location: Ginhall Lane / Green Lane, LeominsterVehicle restriction type: Banned turn
Location: C1259 from A40, GoodrichVehicle restriction type: 7.5t weight limit
Location: Knapp Lane, LedburyVehicle restriction type: 3.5t weight limit
Location: Town centre (various streets), BromyardVehicle restriction type: 7.5t weight limit
Location: All schoolsVehicle restriction type: Yellow no stopping zig zags