Rotherham Council is asking for comments on the proposed changes to enforce moving traffic offences in Rotherham.
The Council is looking to apply to the Department for Transport for new enforcement powers to help improve road safety and reduce congestion at known problem sites.
Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act (2004) allows local authorities to take action against poor driving habits which currently, under criminal law, can only be enforced by the police. Such examples include driving through a No Entry sign, performing a banned turning manoeuvre or driving through a pedestrianised zone.
Rotherham Council is preparing to acquire these new powers from the Department of Transport (DfT) and wants to hear views from local residents, businesses and interested parties.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “We’re aware of a number of locations in the borough where pedestrians and drivers have expressed concerns and we're looking to use these new powers to help make the roads safer in these places for everyone. We encourage feedback from the public and I urge residents to give their views on these proposals.”
If these powers are granted, the five sites which have been identified for the initial application to the Department for Transport are:
- Bridgegate in Rotherham Town Centre, Pedestrian Zone
- High Street in Rotherham Town Centre, Pedestrian Zone
- Clifton Lane, Clifton, Turning Restrictions
- Sheffield Lane, Catcliffe, No Entry
- Wood Lane, Brinsworth, Bus Gate
To see details of the application and complete the consultation, visit: www.rotherham.gov.uk/consultations