Ahead of applying for new powers for the enforcement of Traffic Management Act 2004 – Part 6, Sheffield City Council is seeking residents’ views on a number of proposed locations where moving traffic regulations could be enforced by the Authority.
Sheffield City Council has been given the opportunity from Central Government to apply for new powers to help make our roads safer and more reliable. We already have some of these powers, such as the enforcement of bus, taxi and tram gates, which have proved successful in managing the highway network over a number of years. The chance of having more of these types of powers will ultimately allow us to have more control over illegal manoeuvres to further help our ambition to improve road safety and congestion.
This requires us to make an application to the Secretary of State for Transport under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. Prior to formally applying for the powers, we are required to carry out a public consultation to seek your views, including sharing a list of potential sites where the powers would be applied.
Sheffield City Council (SCC) is planning to use new powers to improve road safety for all highway users and help to tackle congestion by enforcing moving traffic offences, such as:
• driving through a 'No Entry' sign
• turning left or right when instructed not to do so (making banned turns)
• entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear
• driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited
These rules can currently only be enforced by the police under criminal law. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in 2020 that they would be fully implementing the remaining elements of the Traffic Management Act under Part 6 (TMA), which would allow Highway Authorities to undertake enforcement. These powers have already been granted to other Highway Authorities across the country.
Our first step is to apply to the DfT for the powers to enforce key highway restrictions or prohibitions to make our roads safer and less congested. If SCC is granted these powers, we will be able to use them across the city.
The primary reason for discharging camera enforcement is for road safety and network management. As a result, the locations being proposed have been prioritised on the basis of South Yorkshire Police recorded Personal Injury Accident record (i.e. the number of recorded collisions at a site that have resulted in an injury). Specifically, this relates to the incident causation factors 301 and 305 which have been interrogated by the Council’s Road Safety Team. We have also used historical reports of poor compliance with the traffic rules in the area, and in relation to network management where there is existing or potential traffic congestion and delays, including delay to public transport provision.
At first, we are planning to use the powers at the below sites. Click on the text to view diagrams and images of the sites:
|1||Queens Road and Bramall Lane|
Illegal turning movements
Yellow box junction – no stopping
|2||Glossop Road and Upper Hanover Street|
Yellow box junction – no stopping
Before enforcement is undertaken the road signs and markings at each location would be assessed, with improvements made, if necessary, to ensure the restriction is as clear as it can be and in full compliance with the regulations.
We will be setting out the approach to the enforcement of moving traffic offences. In line with DfT guidance, it will state that Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras can only be used to enforce against moving traffic offences at sites where all other methods of deterrent have been tried, but further measures are still required.
The full list of all the traffic signs we plan to enforce is available here.
The new regulations are expected to come into effect as soon as possible in accordance with the associated legislative requirements.
We would like to hear your views on our plans to use new powers to enforce moving traffic contraventions and have provided a questionnaire below for you to provide your feedback.
This questionnaire will give you the opportunity to tell us about your views on each of the sites. You can answer questions on as many of the sites as you like.
We recommend you familiarise yourself with the consultation information including site details before responding to this questionnaire.
FAQ’s can be found here
The full Traffic Management Act Report can be found here
Respond online by 31st December 2022
The consultation is open until midnight on 31st December 2022. You can tell us what you think of the proposals by completing the questionnaire.
Respond by email or post
You can also email your response directly to Sheffield City Council using the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone requiring a paper copy of the response should contact the freephone telephone number, 0808 196 5105. Or write to us at: Freepost Connecting SHF
If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire, please get in touch via our Freephone telephone number and we will post a copy to you which you can then send back via our Freepost address.
To help us to monitor the success of this project we may need to occasionally survey traffic in the area using cameras mounted on lamp posts. We need to do this so that we can understand how traffic has been affected by the scheme. For example on certain roads we may wish to understand whether traffic has reduced or increased as a result of the scheme.
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