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Hertfordshire County Council

We've been given legal powers to use CCTV cameras to enforce 'moving traffic contraventions' such as u-turns, one way streets, using bus lanes and stopping in yellow boxes.

We don't currently enforce at any location. Only sites that have been approved can be enforced by us, which are due to go live in early 2024. Until that time, the police will be responsible for enforcement.

Including consultations on new locations and enforcement start dates.

Why we've taken on enforcement powers and how we'll use them.

If a camera on your high street has been moved or fallen over.

Camera enforcement locations

Implementation stage

East Hertfordshire

Yellow box junction on Adderley Road and junction with A1250 The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford

Welwyn and Hatfield

Bus gates on Albatross Way and College Lane, Hatfield (University of Hertfordshire campuses). Rising bollards to be replaced with cameras.

We expect to add more locations from early 2024 onwards.


Background of new legal powers

How and why we took on these legal powers

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.


Our approach to enforcement of moving traffic contraventions 2023-28 (PDF, 1.3MB)

How we decide on camera locations

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.



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