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Council to apply for new traffic enforcement powers to make roads safer

Queens Road Crossroads

An application is being drafted to Government which, if successful, would give the Council new traffic enforcement powers – helping to make Sheffield roads safer and more reliable.

The Council already has some powers, such as the enforcement of bus, taxi and tram gates. The new powers would be related to ‘moving traffic offences’, such as driving through a 'No Entry' sign, turning left or right when instructed not to do so (making banned turns), entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear and driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited.

These rules can currently only be enforced by the police under criminal law. By having these powers, the Council would have more control over the enforcement of illegal manoeuvres taking place on the highway. This enforcement would help increase the number of drivers complying with the rules of the road, improve road safety and tackle congestion issues in the city.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology will be used to identify drivers that break the law and a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued as a result. ANPR cameras can only be used to enforce against moving traffic offences at sites where all other methods of deterrent have been tried but further measures are still required.

It is proposed for the powers to be used in 3 separate sites in the city to begin with, enforcing the restrictions that are already in place.


What will be enforced

Queens Road and Bramall Lane

·       Illegal turning movements

·       Yellow box junction – no stopping

Glossop Road and Upper Hanover Street

·       Illegal turning movements

·       Yellow box junction – no stopping

Hoyle Street

·       Yellow box junction – no stopping

More information about the specific locations and the justification for this proposed enforcement can be found at: Have Your Say Today - Connecting Sheffield - Commonplace, and clicking on the Moving Traffic Offences link. There are also a number of answers to frequently asked questions.

A consultation survey is available online for members of the public to submit their thoughts on the proposals. The consultation will run for 7 weeks, from November 11, 2022, to December 31, 2022.

Alternatively, residents can email a response directly to Sheffield City Council using the email address: