Moving traffic enforcement
Luton Council intends to use powers granted by the Secretary of State in relation to The Civil Enforcement of Moving Traffic Contraventions Designations and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2022 and in accordance with paragraph 10 of schedule 8 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. These new powers will come into effect on 15 July 2022.
The Designation Order enables the council to carry out civil enforcement of moving traffic contraventions to correspond with the area of Luton that has been designated as a civil enforcement area for parking contraventions and as a special enforcement area by The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Luton) Order 1998. This order come into effect on the 19 January 1999 and The Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) (Amendment) Order 2005. This order come into effect on the 1 November 2005.
Moving traffic enforcement is where a vehicle does not follow the instruction or direction given by a Red or Blue sign sometimes accompanied by additional road markings. Red signs are Prohibitions and Blue signs are Directions.
The link below shows the traffic signs that are subject to traffic enforcement.
Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities Outside London on Civil Enforcement of Bus Lane and Moving Traffic Contraventions - from the Department for Transport.
Not all locations within Luton will be subject to monitoring although any enforcement that is carried out will be via CCTV cameras which have been specifically approved for that purpose.
Vehicles that contravene driving restrictions create potential dangers to both pedestrians and other road users.
Whilst the Police carry out enforcement, with these new powers the council will also be able to carry out enforcement to reduce the casual disregard of the restrictions in place at some locations.
This is not something that we will be able to do everywhere but we can consider other locations in the future.
The following locations will be subject to monitoring and enforcement by way of CCTV cameras.
- Manchester Street between Gordon Street and Wellington Street
- George Street between Wellington Street and Castle Street
- Bridge Street between Library Road and New Bedford Road
From the 6 March 2023 only commercial vehicles who’s weight is 3.5 ton and above may enter the pedestrian zone for the purposes of loading and unloading between the hours of 10am and 6pm. If any vehicle including commercial vehicles proceeds within the pedestrian zone outside of the permitted hours enforcement action will take place. The pedestrian zone is in effect at all times.
This does not mean that the councils civil enforcement officers who patrol on foot also can't take action where vehicles are stationary and in contravention of the regulations.
Public engagement exercise - 20 March to 1 May 2023
The council is proposing to use the powers at the following locations. If implemented, enforcement of the restriction at each site will take place using an approved device, a CCTV traffic enforcement camera.
The locations are:
Ramridge Road at its entry point from the roundabout at Hitchin Road. This is a Bus Only route with exceptions Buses, Taxis and Cycles At Any Time. The reason for this location being subject to monitoring and enforcement is due to continuous breaches of the restriction by non-authorised vehicles.
Dunstable Road A505 at its junction with Weldeck Road. This is banned right turn into Welbeck Road. The reason for the location being subject to monitoring and enforcement is due to breaches of the restriction by vehicles.
Lewsey Road. this is banned right turn into the car park located opposite the Luton & Dunstable hospital. The reason for the location being subject to monitoring and enforcement is due to breaches of the restriction by vehicles attempting to turn which causes unnecessary delays to traffic flow.
Dunstable Road this is a yellow box junction as you exit from Waller Ave onto the A505 Dunstable Road. The reason for the location being subject to monitoring and enforcement is due to vehicles stopping in the box junction which causes unnecessary delays to other vehicle movements and traffic flow.
Wycombe Way this is a no entry from the junction with Markham Road. The reason for the location being subject to monitoring and enforcement is because vehicles regularly contravene the no entry restriction.
We would like know what you think about the proposals to monitor the locations that have been outlined above.
If you would like to comment please do so by sending an email to [email protected]. You can also write to us at the following address, we welcome your views:
Town Hall 1st floor Annex
Upper George Street