Enforcing moving traffic offences: Traffic Management Act 2004 - Part 6

Kent County Council (KCC) is planning to use new powers to improve safety and tackle congestion by enforcing 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
  • driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited
  • driving on routes that are for buses and taxis only.

These rules can currently only be enforced by the police under criminal law. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in 2020 that they would be fully implementing the remaining elements of the Traffic Management Act under Part 6, which would allow Highway Authorities to undertake enforcement.

Our first step is to apply to the DfT for the powers to enforce key highway restrictions or prohibitions to make our roads safer and less congested. If KCC is granted these powers, we will be able to use them across the county. However, at first we are planning to use the powers at seven sites:

SiteLocationWhat will be enforced?

1

Greenhithe Station to Ingress Park Avenue Fastrack route, Dartford

Route for use by buses only

2

Beaver Road between South Stour Avenue and Godfrey Walk, Ashford

Bus gate for use by buses, taxis and pedal cycles only

3

Bridge between Sackville Crescent and Carlton Road, Ashford

Bus gate for use by buses and taxis only

4

Bridge between Bluebell Road and Finn Farm Road, Ashford

Bus gate for use by buses and pedal cycles only

5

Junction 1b Princes Road Interchange, northeast section, Dartford

Yellow box junction – no stopping

6

Junction 1b Princes Road Interchange, southwest section, Dartford

Yellow box junction – no stopping

7

Full length of Leeds Road (B2163) from A20 to Five Wents Crossroads (A274), Leeds, Maidstone

17T weight restriction (except for access)


KCC will be setting out the approach to the enforcement of moving traffic offences. In line with DfT guidance, it will state that Automatic Number Plate Recognition (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.

More information on the 1st tranche of sites and a list of all of the traffic signs we plan to enforce is available in the Documents section.

The new regulations are expected to come into effect in June 2022. We hope to begin enforcement at the 1st tranche of sites in late 2022/early 2023.

Kent County Council (KCC) is planning to use new powers to improve safety and tackle congestion by enforcing 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
  • driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited
  • driving on routes that are for buses and taxis only.

These rules can currently only be enforced by the police under criminal law. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in 2020 that they would be fully implementing the remaining elements of the Traffic Management Act under Part 6, which would allow Highway Authorities to undertake enforcement.

Our first step is to apply to the DfT for the powers to enforce key highway restrictions or prohibitions to make our roads safer and less congested. If KCC is granted these powers, we will be able to use them across the county. However, at first we are planning to use the powers at seven sites:

SiteLocationWhat will be enforced?

1

Greenhithe Station to Ingress Park Avenue Fastrack route, Dartford

Route for use by buses only

2

Beaver Road between South Stour Avenue and Godfrey Walk, Ashford

Bus gate for use by buses, taxis and pedal cycles only

3

Bridge between Sackville Crescent and Carlton Road, Ashford

Bus gate for use by buses and taxis only

4

Bridge between Bluebell Road and Finn Farm Road, Ashford

Bus gate for use by buses and pedal cycles only

5

Junction 1b Princes Road Interchange, northeast section, Dartford

Yellow box junction – no stopping

6

Junction 1b Princes Road Interchange, southwest section, Dartford

Yellow box junction – no stopping

7

Full length of Leeds Road (B2163) from A20 to Five Wents Crossroads (A274), Leeds, Maidstone

17T weight restriction (except for access)


KCC will be setting out the approach to the enforcement of moving traffic offences. In line with DfT guidance, it will state that Automatic Number Plate Recognition (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.

More information on the 1st tranche of sites and a list of all of the traffic signs we plan to enforce is available in the Documents section.

The new regulations are expected to come into effect in June 2022. We hope to begin enforcement at the 1st tranche of sites in late 2022/early 2023.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We would like to hear your views on our plans to use new powers to enforce moving traffic contraventions and have provided this questionnaire for you to provide your feedback. 

    This questionnaire will give you the opportunity to tell us your views on each of the sites in the 1st tranche. You can answer questions on all or as many of the sites as you like. 

    We recommend you familiarise yourself with the consultation information including site details before responding to this questionnaire.

    Complete questionnaire