Good news for everyone fed up of cars screaming up and down the A10 all night or ‘cruising’ in illegal retail car park meetings. The following report is by Basil Clarke and first appeared on the Palmers Green Community website:
- A multiagency “clampdown” on A10 speeding is planned, including the use of a PSPO to break up “car cruising meets”
- Public responses to the proposed package of PSPO measures have been highly supportive and they are likely to be introduced
A10 anti-speeding measures
Enfield Council, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London (TfL) have agreed a coordinated package of measures designed to address the problem of motorists speeding and driving dangerously along the A10, starting with the installation of mobile speed cameras in the coming months.
Measures designed to stop “car cruising meets” at retail parks along the A10 will be included in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which the Council is planning to introduce and will provide the police with new powers on top of the speed enforcement operations which they already carry out. TfL is “rolling out a sequence of measures” starting with mobile speed cameras in the short-term, whilst investigating the feasibility of more long term enforcement solutions such as average speed cameras.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett, the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, says that the police will not hesitate to take action against those caught speeding:
“Excess speed is an undisputed contributor to road traffic collisions in London. The consequences of excess speed can be devastating for victims and their families.
“My message is clear: Speeding wrecks lives and drivers who do so can expect a robust police response.”
PSPO package set for approval
The proposed Public Spaces Protection Order that was consulted on this year will be considered by Enfield’s Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday 15th November. The list of “anti-social behaviours” covered by the proposals is as follows:
- Control of alcohol consumption;
- Vehicle cruising (to include speeding, driving in convoy, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns and revving engines as to cause a nuisance, and wheel spins) involving cars, motorbikes, mopeds, trucks, vans and lorries and other vehicles;
- Holding of fireworks to cause intimidation etc and throwing of fireworks;
- Dog controls;
- Persons loitering causing nuisance etc. in council housing estates;
- Intimidatory begging;
- Possession, use and supply of psychoactive substances;
- Persons windscreen washing/selling goods;
- Smoking in playgrounds;
- Flying of drones;
- Vehicles deposited on council land or land adjoining the highway for an unreasonable period of time;
- Parking around schools (see below);
- Riding of mopeds to cause alarm, distress, annoyance or criminal damage; and
- Loitering by persons in certain locations causing intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress and/or drug dealing/use
PSPOs are enforced by Authorised Officers of the Council and the Police by either service of a Fixed Penalty Notice up to a maximum of £100 (set by the Council), or by prosecution with a court fine of up to £1,000 on conviction (or up to £500 for alcohol offences).
Parking around schools
A report to be considered by the Cabinet notes very high public support for all measures and recommends that the Cabinet approves a list of draft orders which would introduce all of them – the one exception being illegal parking around schools.
Responses to the proposals to introduce a penalty for “parking around schools” were mixed and there were calls for a designated “kiss and drop” zone outside schools. The recommendation to the Cabinet is that more detailed appraisal of the options should be carried out.
Better Streets responds: We oppose “kiss and drop” zones outside schools as this policy rewards and facilitates parents driving their children to school. We believe that driving the school run should be the exception, not the norm, and that council and schools need to work together to encourage active, sustainable travel. We want to see more ‘school streets’ implemented where traffic is banned during school run hours, and also welcome PSPOs to prevent dangerous and illegal parking near school gates.
Links for more information:
Council proposing borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PGC 31 August 2017 – article plus readers’ comments)
Clampdown on A10 speeding (Enfield Council 8 November 2017)
Agenda pack for meeting of Cabinet on 16 November 2017 (includes a detailed report on the PSPO consultation)