Consultation on moving traffic enforcement

Start date: 7th November 2022
End date: 19th December 2022

We are proposing that we to apply for new powers to enforce moving traffic contraventions to help reduce congestion, improve air quality and road safety, and encourage sustainable travel.

What are we consulting on?

Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act (2004) allows local authorities outside London to undertake enforcement for moving traffic contraventions. Currently, under criminal law, these rules can only be enforced by the Police. It is likely that the Council would be able to deploy more dedicated enforcement and improve compliance with traffic restrictions.

Liverpool City Council is planning to acquire these new powers from the Department of Transport (DfT) and wants to hear views from local residents, businesses and interested parties.

These powers would allow the council to reinforce the work it is currently doing to enforce against unlawful and dangerous driving behaviour. As part of their duties, the council will be undertaking the enforcement using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Examples of moving traffic contraventions that can be enforced under the new powers include:

  • undertaking banned turns
  • driving through a ‘No Entry’ sign
  • driving in a route permitted for buses and taxis only
  • driving through a school street, pedestrian and cycle zone
  • entering a yellow box junction when the exit is not clear

View a full list of enforceable traffic signs on GOV.UK

Enforcement of moving traffic contraventions will:

  • reduce congestion on our network
  • improve pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • improve journey times for public transport
  • improve air quality, reduction in transport related emissions contributing to carbon net zero targets
  • improve road safety

If we are granted these powers from the DfT, we would be able to use them across the city. However, initially, we are looking at undertaking enforcement at the following nine locations:

1. New Quay/George’s Dock Gates/St Nicholas Place/Chapel Street northbound – yellow box junction
2. New Quay/George’s Dock Gates/St Nicholas Place/Chapel Street southbound – yellow box junction
3. St Anne Street outside Liverpool Community Fire Station - yellow box junction
4. Whitechapel/Hood Street/Crosshall Street – yellow box junction
5. Watergate Lane at Much Woolton Catholic School – school street
6. Arlington Avenue - Greenbank Primary School– school street
7. Lime Street – bus-only link
8. Copperas Hill – left-turn into Ranelagh Place 
9. Ranelagh Place – banned u turn

How to comment

We would like to hear your views on this proposal. Please fill in our quick online survey using the button below.

Complete the moving traffic enforcement survey now

Paper copies of this survey are available at Central Library, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW and need to be posted by Friday 9th December 2022 to ensure that your views are captured before the end of the consultation to:

TMA Part 6 Consultation
Highways & Transportation Major Projects
4th Floor, Cunard Building
Water Street
Liverpool L3 1DS 

What happens to my views?

Your views on the proposals will be taken into consideration when deciding whether to proceed with enforcement at the proposed locations.

As part of this consultation survey, we are asking for your full postcode. This will be used to identify the areas of Liverpool from which we receive the responses to the consultation. Your comments may be included in the consultation report and published on this website, but your details will not appear next to them.

All comments will be kept solely for the purposes of this consultation and will be destroyed 12 months after it closes. We will not share your personal data unless required by law.

What happens next?

The consultation responses will be analysed and reported back to the Chief Executive for a final decision on the proposals. If approved, the council will make a formal application to the Department for Transport to seek the powers to enforce moving traffic contraventions, with the aim of implementation in Summer 2023.

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued for such contraventions, which will be £70 but reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. Following DfT guidelines, there will be a six-month warning notice period where no fines will be issued for first time non-compliance.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding the consultation, please email transportation@liverpool.gov.uk with 'TMA Part 6 consultation' in the subject line. However, please use the online survey to register your views on the proposals.