A decision to apply for moving traffic enforcement powers across the city has been approved by Hull City Council’s Cabinet today (Monday 25 September).
As part of a new move by the Government, all Local Highway Authorities in England can now apply for moving traffic enforcement powers, as defined in Schedule 7 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (as amended).
Hull City Council will now make a formal application before Wednesday 25 October to the Government to request the powers.
If granted, the powers will allow the council to enforce moving traffic offences, such as blocking a box junction, banned right or left turns, going the wrong way in a one-way street, or driving where motor vehicles are prohibited – powers which are currently only enforceable in Hull by the police.
Initially, the council plans to use the powers to enforce against entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear, on the route into the interchange from Brook Street, over Ferensway, into Margret Moxon Way, (Hull Paragon Interchange).
The results from the public consultation, which closed on Monday 11 September, confirmed support for the application, with 60 per cent of those who responded supporting the application for powers to enforce the box junction suggested.
Councillor Mark Ieronimo, Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Roads, and Highways said: “The implementation of these powers will help in many ways, such as tackling congestion and helping traffic flow, improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and shortening journey times for public transport.
“The results of the consultation clearly show that residents strongly support the council enforcing the yellow box at the junction of Ferensway and Brook Street, and on this basis, I am delighted that we can now apply for the relevant enforcement powers.”