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Bradford Council installing cameras as part of the Clean Air Zone initiative

Bradford Council will be applying to the Department for Transport to enforce traffic offences that it currently has no power to enforce.

Cameras being installed as part of Bradford’s Clean Air Zone could be used to tackle dangerous driving in hotspot areas of the city.

Bradford Council will be applying to the Department for Transport to enforce traffic offences that it currently has no power to enforce.

These would include vehicles travelling the wrong way down one-way streets, crossing lanes in double white line areas, HGVs entering areas they are banned and vehicles stopped on yellow box junctions.

The Clean Air Zone will impact Bradford centre, through Manningham Lane, up to Saltaire. Image: Google Maps.

Although such rule-breaking can make life miserable for other road users, there is little that can currently be done to punish motorists unless they are caught in the act by officers, as they would not necessarily be serious enough crimes to warrant a police investigation.

At a meeting of Bradford Council’s Executive this week, members heard that the numerous cameras installed to monitor the planned Clean Air Zone – due to be introduced in Spring, will also be used to catch dangerous drivers in the act.

If the Council’s bid is approved, the new enforcement powers would be used at areas where drivers regularly break traffic rules, rather than a blanket use across the district.

These areas are likely to include the outer ring road and problem city centre junctions.

It would mean dangerous and careless drivers in these areas would be sent a penalty charge notice if they are caught breaking traffic laws.

A Council report into the plans said the changes would legally require new signage warning motorists about the new enforcement powers.

The rollout would cost £324,000, but the report said the powers would be “self-financing.”
Richard Gelder, Highways Services Manager, told the meeting that the Clean Air Zone meant the authority would have an “extensive network” of cameras on the District’s roads.

It would take around eight months to make the application to the Department for Transport, and any approved changes would have to go out to public consultation.

Mr Gelder said: “There would be many safety benefits for pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists. It would mean such acts are actually enforced, and our road network would be made much safer.”

Councillor Alex Ross Shaw, the portfolio holder for planning, highways and regeneration, said: “Hopefully this will enable us to do more to tackle bad driving and anti-social driving in our District.”

If the application to Government is successful, enforcement could begin by November.

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