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Road Traffic Offences: Fines

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 124016, tabled on 22 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) police constabularies and (b) local authorities on devolving the power to levy fines for moving traffic offences; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

29 January 2018

Although there has been no formal assessment of this in recent months, the Department has recently received representations on this issue from the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Local Government Association, both of which called for the commencement of Part 6 on the basis that these powers may help local authorities to manage traffic contraventions and reduce congestion. A number of local and combined authorities made requests for moving traffic powers during devolution negotiations, but these powers were not featured in any final agreements.

Ministers have recently discussed moving traffic powers at meetings with Transport for the North, the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, and the Local Government Association. A wide range of local authorities have also raised these powers at regular engagement meetings.

In addition, the Department receives occasional correspondence from councillors and local MPs enquiring about Government policy and the law regarding moving traffic offences.

There have been no formal Ministerial discussions with individual police constabularies about these powers in recent months.

The Government believes that the police already have the necessary powers to take action where it is needed and has no plans to commence provisions in Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 to enable all local authorities to take on civil enforcement powers for moving traffic offences.