Why are KCC taking on these enforcement powers?

    KCC are applying to take on these enforcement powers to improve Kent’s road network. Kent Police currently enforce moving traffic offences, and this will allow them to focus on other policing priorities. Each site to be enforced by KCC 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.

    How will KCC decide which sites are most important to enforce?

    KCC 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 Kent’s roads.

    Why aren't KCC enforcing at every junction in Kent?

    Introducing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and issuing Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are the last line of defence to get drivers to comply with signs or restrictions.

    Will there be more sites in future?

    It is envisaged that KCC’s role in enforcement will be rolled out to more sites from 2023 onwards.

    How do I propose a future site for enforcement?

    From 2023, if KCC have been granted the powers, we will provide a way for people to propose sites.

    How can I comment on the sites you are proposing to enforce?

    Please complete the online questionnaire. Alternatively if you cannot take part online, please complete the Word version.

    Will KCC make any money from this?

    Making money is not an aim of enforcing moving traffic violations. We are applying for these powers to make a difference to the highway network, and not as a source of financial income. 

    We hope that better enforcement will help improve the compliance at these sites to make the necessary safety, congestion, and public transport improvements. As compliance improves, the number of Penalty Charge Notices will hopefully fall.

    What will KCC do with the income generated by fines?

    Should there be any money left over once the operational costs have been met, this will be used for highway improvement projects in line with strict government guidance. This funding will only be granted to projects that that help achieve one of the following objectives:  

    • improve road safety
    • tackle network congestion   
    • increase public transport reliability
    • improve air quality
    • increase lifespan of highway assets.

    When will KCC start enforcing?

    The start date is dependent on the legislation and the parliamentary timeline. It is estimated that the enforcement powers will come into effect towards the end of 2022/early 2023.

    Will drivers of foreign registered vehicles have to pay the Penalty Charge Notices they receive whilst driving through Kent?

    Yes.  All users of Kent’s roads will be treated equally, and drivers of vehicles – including HGVs – that are registered outside of the UK will be held accountable to the same laws and enforcement rules as Kent residents.

    Enforcement at a site may lead to vehicles finding other routes to avoid restrictions. This could have an impact on other roads. Will KCC take this into account?

    Yes. Every site and its surroundings will be assessed and consulted on prior to any enforcement being introduced. The impact of the enforcement on other routes will be taken in to account.