More cameras could be on way to fine law-breaking Norfolk motorists

Bus gate camera

Cameras could be used to enforce a wider range of traffic offences. - Credit: Antony Kelly

Plans to install cameras on several key Norfolk streets to catch motorists driving in pedestrian areas and bus lanes have taken a significant step forward.

The devices will be able to detect drivers committing so-called 'moving traffic offences', which also include ignoring bans on right hand turns.

Until now, Norfolk motorists breaking those laws could only be caught by direct enforcement from police officers.

But from this summer, the government says that councils outside London or Cardiff - where the powers are already in force - will be able, for the first time, to issue £70 penalty notices for them.

And Norfolk County Council has now applied to the Department for Transport for powers to use traffic monitoring cameras to catch and fine drivers who flout existing rules in seven Norfolk streets.

It follows six weeks of public consultation over potential locations.

Six are in Norwich and one is in Great Yarmouth. Norwich ones are:

Gentlemans Walk, Norwich city centre

Gentlemans Walk in Norwich - Credit: Antony Kelly

Gentlemen’s Walk – pedestrian/cycle zone with access for loading only permitted between certain times of the day. The council says that is often flouted.

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Carrow Road – enforcing the right turn ban on to King Street during morning and evening peak times in order to ease congestion.

The junction of Carrow Road and King Street

The junction of Carrow Road and King Street in Norwich - Credit: James Bass

King Street – the right turn ban on to Carrow Hill during peak times.

Martineau Lane – the right turn ban to Europa Way industrial estate on the outer ring road.

Bus lane in Dereham Road, Norwich.

Cameras could enforce bus lanes on Dereham Road. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

Dereham Road - enforcing bus lane violations near Norwich Road and Marl Pit Lane.

Busy Regent Street in Great Yarmouth as people enjoy the summer in the town. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Regent Road in Great Yarmouth - Credit: Denise Bradley

In Yarmouth Regent Road would be covered - a pedestrian zone with access for loading only during quieter periods of the day, which the council says is often violated by vehicles.

It would cost £275,000 for camera installation and £270,000 a year to pay staff to issue fines, process appeals and deal with inquiries.

The council says the first six months would see just warnings issued, so the service would become "financially self-sustaining", through fine collection, from year two.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport. Picture: Dan

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport - Credit: Danielle Booden

Martin Wilby, the council's cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said the powers would enforce existing restrictions, not introduce new ones.

He said such enforcement could smooth traffic flow, cut crashes and improve air quality.

He said: "I’m grateful to everyone who responded to the public consultation which showed overall support for the use of camera enforcement at these sites.”

Motoring organisations previously warned councils should not wield the powers overenthusiastically.