Are You Ready To Pay Price For Stopping In Yellow Box?

Thu 17th Oct 2019

Councils and local authorities across the UK are set to be given new powers to fine drivers for ‘moving traffic violations’.

The so-called ‘moving traffic violation’ refers in part to the act of stopping in a yellow box junction, an offence which is traditionally dealt with by the police, but in London can come with an instant £130 fine which is enforced by local councils.

And with police resources stretched to their limits, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told MPs that councils will be given the right to issue penalty charges. 

Speaking at the transport committee meeting on Tuesday, Mr Shapps said: "I have been looking at powers outside of London provided to local areas to do some of these things, and think that I’ll shortly be making an announcement."

Councils already have powers to fine drivers for parking and bus lane contraventions under the Traffic Management Act 2004, of which the ‘moving traffic violations’ falls under. But only Transport for London has previously been allowed to enforce yellow box junctions beyond police powers.

Now campaigners are concerned that councils will use the law as an added tax on drivers.

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC said: "Local authorities know where congestion might require some form of enforcement, particularly in the case of box junctions, so it stands to reason they should be able to improve this through the use of enforcement.

"However, we remain concerned that cash-strapped authorities may see this as an opportunity to extract more revenue from drivers.

"Should powers be extended to cover all moving traffic offences, local authorities must use this as an opportunity to improve traffic flow and safety, and not as a way to generate more revenue."

In the 2017/18 financial year Transport for London issued up to £16million in fines for yellow box offences.