Council gets new powers to keep borough traffic safe and moving

Council cameras will police the borough’s roads to improve safety and cut traffic jams under new powers due to come into force next month.

From 1 September Kingston Council will take over responsibility from the police for enforcing a number of road traffic offences such as blocking junctions by stopping in a yellow box, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, and ignoring ‘no entry’ signs.

Council officers will use CCTV to catch offenders and issue penalty charge notices.

The council has three roving cars fitted with cameras to help combat illegal parking across the borough, particularly on roads outside schools.

The council joins several other London boroughs in being granted the legal power to enforce a list of offences known as ‘moving traffic contraventions’. Transport for London already enforces moving traffic contraventions by CCTV on their roads in the borough.

Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Transport, said: "We want our roads to be as safe as possible for all users. If the council takes on the job of making sure that drivers stick to the rules of the road, the police can get on with the job of fighting crime and protecting the public.

"The borough’s roads can get busy at peak times but if drivers obey the signs, especially at busy junctions, even heavy traffic will keep moving and we should see less congestion and safer roads for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians."