Should drivers who block yellow box junctions or drive in cycle lanes be fined by Salford City Council in future?
That’s the question the council is asking as it launches a consultation on applying for new powers to deal with ‘moving traffic offences.’
At the moment only police officers can take action on such offences which also include misusing one-way streets, ignoring no entry and turning restrictions and driving in areas where cars are not permitted.
The government has asked councils interested in taking over responsibility for enforcement to hold a six-week public consultation so local residents, road users and businesses can have their say. Salford City Council is considering applying for the new powers and is encouraging the public to share their views on the idea.
Councillor Mike McCusker, lead member for planning and sustainable development said: “We get complaints about drivers ignoring the rules on not entering a yellow box junction unless their way out of it is clear. That leads to other roads being blocked and delays buses which could otherwise move into their bus lanes.
“We believe having these new powers would help improve traffic flow and public transport reliability and make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians but we need to hear what local people think.”
If granted the council would initially use the powers to stop drivers blocking yellow box junctions, making illegal turns or driving in cycle lanes at Chapel Street and Trinity Way, Irwell Street and Trinity Way, Blackfriars Street, Regent Street and Oldfield Road, Chorley Road and Salford Civic Centre and Blackfriars Road and Silk Street. In time the powers could be used across the whole city.
Please have your say by Wednesday 7 December. You can comment online or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Traffic and Transportation, Salford City Council, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5AW.