Monday, April 15, 2024

Council welcomes government changes to traffic management laws

RESIDENTS and road users in Thurrock could soon benefit from new legislative changes which allow local authorities to have more responsibility for enforcing moving traffic offences.

Following the government’s recent announcement to implement changes to Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, Thurrock Council intends to apply to the Secretary of State for powers to enforce some moving traffic breaches such as blocking yellow box junctions. Under current legislation, moving traffic violations can only be enforced by the police under criminal law.

Cllr Ben Maney, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “I’m delighted that the government has made this decision and we will be applying for these new powers as soon as the legislation has been updated.

“We have been lobbying the Department for Transport for years to give us these powers so we can have more influence on keeping traffic moving around the borough, particularly around junction 31 of the M25 where motorists obstructing the box junctions have previously caused considerable congestion affecting the whole of the borough.

“This welcome change will help us to keep traffic moving and benefit all of our residents and road users throughout Thurrock greatly.”


  1. More opportunity for the LA to grab revenue, it would be good if the real motives were to insure that the reasons for their involvement were upkept.

    How can we trust a body of people who take on the A13 works and overspend in getting to where the construction is now and most likely overspend again to complete the project, all this and traffic jams and continuing diversions on the A13 and there are no yellow box junctions to police, all this down to the inept efforts of the LA.


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