Beware The Yellow Peril

Wed 19th Aug 2020

Drivers in London and Cardiff paid out almost £60m in moving traffic offences last year, with half of those fines for yellow-box junctions, and now your local authority could be set to launch similar penalty schemes.

Though moving traffic offences are technically an offence throughout England and Wales, it is only financial penalty in London and Cardiff where motorists are under scrutiny from cameras at box junctions and in areas where cars make an illegal turn.

The Department for Transport has recently announced that all local authorities in England and Wales will have the power to fine drivers for these offences, meaning that car drivers will have to extra vigilant on the roads.

The figures revealed by the RAC found that Transport for London, London boroughs and Cardiff Council collected a combined £58.2millon from moving driving offences in the last financial year. One yellow-box hotspot in Westminster brought in an eye-watering £333,295 in fines. Drivers will be fined £130 for stopping in a yellow-box, though like most PCNs this fee is reduced by half if paid within two weeks of receiving the ticket.

The move to nationalise the fining system has many campaigners concerned that councils will use it as another cash generator rather than a road safety plan.

“It's plain for all to see that London boroughs, TfL and Cardiff are generating phenomenal sums of money from the enforcement of moving traffic offences,” said Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC.

“The vast majority of drivers we've surveyed agree that those who stop on yellow boxes, make illegal turns or go through 'no entry' signs need to be penalised, but when it comes to extending powers to other councils many are concerned, with 68 per cent thinking local authorities will rush to install cameras to generate additional revenue.

Clearly, the priority for enforcement should be to improve road safety and reduce congestion,' he explained.

“The Department for Transport has decided to extend enforcement powers to other local authorities, however we believe guidance should be issued setting out where enforcement should be targeted and the types of signs that must be used to make drivers aware that enforcement cameras are operating, and for what type of moving traffic offence.”