Local authorities across England will soon be able to enforce fines for minor offenses such as yellow box junctions and poor cornering – but the RAC is warning drivers who could be unfairly targeted
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Motorists are warned they could soon be hit by an ‘avalanche’ of fines as councils are given more powers against motorists.
Local authorities across England will soon be able to enforce fines for minor offenses such as yellow box junctions and wrong cornering.
The RAC claimed that if the government does not improve its design, maintenance and enforcement policies for local authorities, many motorists will be unjustly penalized.
The Ministry of Transport (DfT) will soon accept applications from around 300 municipalities to impose fines for traffic violations.
This may include, for example, abusing the yellow box, making an illegal turn or driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction. It’s part of an effort to encourage cycling and walking.
Expensive driving mistakes
Effective June 1, successful applicants can issue penalty notices (PCNs) for these offenses.
Currently, most municipalities can only impose fines for parking and driving in bus lanes.
With the exception of London and Cardiff, the police are generally responsible for imposing fines for ‘moving traffic’.
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Yellow boxes are used to ensure traffic flows smoothly through busy intersections, and motorists should only enter them when their exit is clear or they are waiting to turn right.
However, the RAC fears many have “design flaws” e.g. B. that they are too big or that buildings or street furniture obstruct the view of their end, causing drivers to become trapped through no fault of their own.
Faded lines can also make yellow-boxed intersections difficult to see, the RAC said.
On TfL’s red routes, PCNs are £160, reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.
An investigation by the RAC in 2020 found London and Cardiff took in £31.4million in FY2018/19 after issuing more than half a million PCNs for yellow box breaches.
Nicholas Lyes, the RAC’s head of road policy, said: “Without definitive guidance on junction design, maintenance and enforcement, there will be a high level of confusion among drivers and local authorities, which could lead to an avalanche of fines being imposed Wrongly issued and must then be challenged.
“This will inevitably lead to an unnecessarily high number of appeals for scrutiny by local authorities, as well as some poor results for drivers.
“We have written to the Department for Transport asking them to update the guidance to make it clear to local authorities what the minimum standard of design and condition of a junction box should be before enforcement can begin, but they strongly believe it that the current guidelines are sufficient .
“We fear that failure to update the guidance to include the lessons learned from more than 15 years of enforcement in London will result in countless spurious fines, endless unnecessary stress for drivers who feel unfairly treated and thousands of wasted council hours who investigate appeals.
“It is absolutely crucial that yellow crossings are fairly enforced and as things stand this may not be the case, meaning many drivers will be mistreated and lose out financially as a result.”
A DfT spokeswoman said: “These new powers are intended to improve bicycle safety, air quality and support for bus transport.
“It’s up to local authorities to enforce them and make sure they meet local needs.”
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