Last Updated 2 February 2023
Following the consolidation of traffic enforcement legislation in 2022, councils can improve air quality by using moving traffic enforcement solutions to reduce congestion
Efforts to tackle poor air quality, reduce congestion and encourage sustainable and active travel choices are high on the agenda for local council leaders. Responding to demand, our Transport Technology and Associated Services (TTAS) agreement offers a quick, simple and compliant route to procure a range of transport solutions.
Improving air quality through transport technology
The impact of poor air quality on public health is well known. In recent years, the focus on air quality has shifted from black smoke and sulphur emissions to vehicle tailpipe emissions, including nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.
In 2015 the Government published plans to improve air quality across the UK through the implementation of ‘Clean Air Zones’ (CAZ) in some of the country’s most polluted cities. We responded to this initiative by providing local councils with commercial agreements offering hardware and services that support CAZ, alongside transport data providers to benchmark and measure the impact of new schemes through real time monitoring.
Many councils are also actively exploring how effective enforcement of existing traffic rules offers a route to improve air quality by tackling behaviour that contributes to congestion. This can deliver wider benefits, including improved journey times for public transport. The approach is also aimed at encouraging a shift towards sustainable travel choices by educating citizens and making roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
The recent consolidation of traffic enforcement legislation in 2022 means that local authorities in England, outside London, can now apply to the Secretary of State for Transport to designate all or part of their network as a civil enforcement area for moving traffic contraventions. The contraventions that can now be enforced include stopping in a box junction, exceeding a maximum indicated weight limit, ignoring a no right, left or U turn, entering a pedestrian zone or route reserved for buses, cycles and taxis, or proceeding past a no entry sign.
How can we help?
Taking on responsibility for local enforcement of moving traffic offences may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. The TTAS agreement offers a range of solutions tailored to your needs. Authorities can access specialist consultancy, project management support, the latest ANPR camera technology and back office services. The agreement can also provide you with a complete turn-key solution, including the ability to issue penalty charge notices, through a single procurement contract.
Our agreement provides access to a range of transport solutions at market leading rates. Suppliers are signed up to public sector contract terms, maximum day rate pricing and are subject to a regular assessment of their financial standing.
For advice or support with the procurement of moving traffic enforcement solutions or solutions that are available on TTAS:
The reference to consolidation of traffic enforcement legislation in 2022 refers to The Civil Enforcement of Road Traffic Contraventions (Approved Devices, Charging Guidelines and General Provisions) (England) Regulations 2022.