We aim to:
- improve safety, tackle congestion and make public transport and emergency services more efficient
- help Hertfordshire Police to focus on other policing priorities, instead of traffic offences.
How we'll use the money
We don't aim to make any income from penalties. Any money left over after paying operational costs will be used for highway improvement projects in line with strict government guidance.
We hope the number of penalty charge notices will fall as compliance improves.
When we received these legal powers
- September 2022 - early discusions at our Highways and Transport Cabinet Panel.
- October 2022 – first public engagement exercise around camera enforcement on Adderley Road, Bishop's Stortford
- End of 2022 – officially applied for legal powers.
- April 2023 – received legal powers.
We will take a consistent and measured approach to enforcement, using cameras at sites where it has been identified there is an absolute need.
There will be a robust decision-making process in place to ensure that each site is chosen on the merits of how it will improve the area if traffic contraventions are enforced. For example, this could be judged on the crash record at a junction with the aim of reducing crashes or at proven congested areas resulting in a positive impact on the efficiency of the bus network and emergency services on Hertfordshire’s roads.
Each site to be enforced by us must help achieve at least one of the following objectives:
- improve road safety
- tackle network congestion
- increase public transport reliability
- improve air quality
- increase lifespan of highway assets.