Powers under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 allow highway authorities outside London to enforce moving traffic offences. Until July 2022, moving traffic contraventions in Kent could only be enforced by police under criminal law.
Enforceable offences range from driving through a ‘no entry’ sign, banned turns, entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear, driving where motor vehicles are prohibited and driving on routes for buses and taxis only.
The first site being considered as part of this consultation is a new bus gate between Chapelfield Way and Howard Drive in Maidstone.
The second site being considered as part of this consultation is a ‘no entry’ at the Joyce Green Lane end of the Kent Fastway routes in Dartford with exceptions for local buses and cycles. Another ‘no entry’ at the Rennie Drive and Crossways Boulevard ends of the same route, except for local buses is also under consideration.
“By taking a zero tolerance approach to moving traffic offences it is our aim to improve residents’ quality of life, traffic flow and air quality.”
KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Neil Baker, said: “By taking a zero tolerance approach to moving traffic offences it is our aim to improve residents’ quality of life, traffic flow and air quality.
“We have identified these sites for additional enforcement using criteria set out in law.
“I look forward to hearing from anyone who may wish to share their views through this public consultation.”
The consultation, available at www.kent.gov.uk/mteconsultations, opens on 9 January and closes on 19 February.
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