Update June 2022: Finally! The statutory guidance has landed and local authorities outside of London can now apply to enforce school streets, under moving traffic offence powers! So, over to you, local authorities! Do apply, communicate, train up officers, monitor and evaluate!
Local authorities are important partners in leading change, influencing journey patterns, and promoting more sustainable choices. Well-designed traffic management policies that are enforced effectively can play an important role in achieving change.Traffic Management Act 2004: statutory guidance for local authorities outside London on civil enforcement of bus lane and moving traffic contraventions.
Update January 2022: In a response to Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Brighton, Kemptown, Trudy Harrison, the current Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) replied:
The regulations giving effect to the moving traffic enforcement powers under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 are scheduled to be laid on 27 January, and planned to come into force on 1 June. .Read full answer here.
Update October 2021: According to an article published in Highways, the date for implementing in full, the Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, is now February 2022.
Finally! After more than a decade of asking, the Department for Transport has made the necessary changes in the legislation to give the powers to councils outside of London (and some councils in Wales) to enforce moving traffic offences. This is the Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 that had not been implemented and this was the main barrier for councils to use ANPR to enforce School Streets and issue fines.
“From December, local authorities will be able to enforce moving traffic offences, such as banned turns, box junctions and driving in formal cycle lanes. They will be expected to use these powers to improve connectivity, boost active travel, and increase air quality by reducing congestion”Baroness Vere, 15/06/2021
Guidance is expected to be published shortly to ensure fairness in using these new powers. School Streets is one way to ensure more equitable streets by protecting children and their families from road danger at the school gate.
You can read the full article from Transport Network here.