Published: Friday, 21st August 2020

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is introducing a network of CCTV enforcement cameras to enforce a range of moving traffic contraventions. 

The move will discourage illegal driving behaviour and help to reduce congestion, increase road safety and improve air quality.  

Warning notices will be issued for a period of two weeks from Monday 24 August. If you get a warning notice you will not have to pay a fine. After two weeks, enforcement will begin and Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will be issued.  

As part of this introduction, if you receive a PCN you’ll now be able to view CCTV video footage or still images of the offence online. See a list of signs and restrictions which CCTV can enforce

The types of contraventions we will enforce include:  

  • driving in bus lanes  
  • stopping in yellow box junctions 
  • ignoring banned turns and no-entry signs  
  • driving the wrong way in one-way streets. 

We will also be able to enforce parking contraventions, such as parking on ‘keep clear’ markings outside schools and illegal parking at bus stops. 

Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement said:  

“Enforcing traffic contraventions in this way improves road safety and congestion and encourages safer driving, which all helps to reduce the likelihood of accidents happening. 

Parking in bus stops, bus stands and outside schools is especially dangerous for our most vulnerable residents, so I’m really pleased that this system will be used to improve their safety while travelling. The benefits of safer driving and less congestion for our environment should not be forgotten either and so I welcome the introduction of CCTV traffic enforcement in Royal Greenwich.” 

Making illegal turns and ignoring no entry signs can have serious consequences for pedestrians and other motorists, while stopping in yellow box junctions impacts journey times which can lead to congestion, delays and poor air quality.   

Parking on ‘keep clear’ markings outside schools poses a serious threat to child safety; and parking at bus stops means busses cannot get close enough to the kerb to allow people with mobility issues to get on the bus.  

Research shows that CCTV enforcement in bus lanes reduces the number of people using bus lanes illegally and improves bus running times and journey reliability. 

Moving traffic offences were previously enforced by the police and transferring this responsibility to the council will enable the police to focus more resources on combatting and reducing crime in the borough. 

The government has recently extended the powers to enforce traffic contraventions by CCTV to include mandatory cycle lanes (these are cycle lanes which are marked with a solid white line). There are certain restrictions on where this can be applied, and we will consider how this can be used in Royal Greenwich.

Read more about the introduction of CCTV traffic enforcement in Royal Greenwich.