Sat, Nov 24, 2018 3:41 PM
Councils across the United Kingdom are pushing for additional powers to use cameras to catch drivers who stop in yellow box junctions.
Currently, only London and Cardiff local authorities have the ability to punish drivers using video evidence and according to RAC research, there were a total of 123,071 penalty charge notices (PNC) issued by Transport for London in 2017.
In 2011 the House of Commons Transport Committee made recommendations to the Government to allow councils additional powers, with the use of cameras, but the Government said three years ago that it had no plans to introduce them. But The Local Government Association has said that while police fail or refuse to enforce the law at yellow box junctions, it should be up to the councils to regulate.
But in further research from the RAC, it surveyed almost 2,000 drivers and found that almost half (46%) admitted that they sometimes get stuck in them accidentally, while two-thirds (67%) say they find it difficult to get through without stopping.
RAC spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Our research shows yellow box junctions are a very divisive issue with drivers. While the majority are in favour of councils more widely being allowed to use cameras to catch offenders, there is a strong feeling that many junctions are not set up fairly which leads to drivers having no choice but stop in them, whether that’s due to poor traffic light sequencing, poor design or being used in the wrong place.
“Box junctions can also heighten stress for drivers as those at the front of traffic lights often feel pressured to move on as a result of impatient drivers behind who don’t realise they are being prevented from doing so by the presence of yellow lines.
“If the Government was to grant local authorities the same powers that are already being used in London and Cardiff it’s highly likely we would see a massive rise in the number of drivers being issued penalty charge notices.”