A traffic enforcement cameras trial is to be piloted at three locations in Buckinghamshire.
From Wednesday 3rd November 2021, temporary traffic violation cameras will be placed in three known areas in Buckinghamshire where multiple complaints from residents and road users have been received over a period of time.
The three locations selected to take part in the trial are:
- Marlow Bridge, Marlow.
- Castle Street, High Wycombe.
- Corporation Street, High Wycombe.
Marlow Bridge is a historic, listed structure with a three tonne (maximum gross weight) restriction. Despite clear signage and width restriction measures in place drivers continue to attempt to cross the bridge damaging its integral structure. Many vehicles get stuck trying to get through the width restriction measures, resulting in the need for repetitive and costly repairs.
The two locations chosen in High Wycombe are bus gateways. Problems have existed for a number of years with people driving through the roads which are only meant to be accessed by buses. This causes a threat to safety for pedestrians.
Legislation is currently being passed through Government to allow all local authorities in England and Wales to apply for powers to take over the responsibility of enforcing moving traffic offences. These include no stopping in yellow box junctions, no right / left turn for vehicular traffic, no U-turns for vehicular traffic, as well as weight restrictions and many more. Currently such violations are dealt with by the police apart from in London and Cardiff. In the near future, possibly as early as March 2022, all councils will be able to apply to adopt these powers to take on the responsibility of upholding restrictions and issuing fixed penalty notices to those caught contravening the restriction.
Steve Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘We are looking to install these temporary cameras to give us a better idea of the number of vehicles currently breaking the rules and causing a danger to others and damage to our roads and highways infrastructure.
We want to make our roads and towns as safe as possible for everyone who uses them. This exercise will help us to better understand the way motorists are using these areas so that we can address particular issues and introduce measures to help improve safety and accessibility for all.‘
The trial will last for a period of one month.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.