Traffic enforcement on South Derbyshire access only route results in fines

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A number of fines have been issued following recent incidences of drivers ignoring “access only” signs in Woodshop Lane, Swarkestone.

Drivers have reportedly been using the lane as a short cut to avoid the junction of the A514 and the A5132 and despite publicity and advice from our Safer Neighbourhood Teams to use the correct route, have continued to ignore the signs.

In recent weeks, PCSOs have visited the lane to carry out enforcement.

PCSO Emma Guest (Melbourne SNT), PCSO Harriet Dunn (Mercia SNT) and PCSO Kerry Wallington-Waite (Hilton SNT) have visited the area on three occasions, resulting in over 20 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) being issued.

PCSO Guest hopes that the enforcement action will result in drivers complying with the signs in future. She said:

“The short cut could prove costly for anyone caught using it to avoid the junction. We will continue to monitor traffic in Woodshop Lane, and we’ll issue TORs to any drivers ignoring the signs.

“The TORs are sent to our Central Process Unit, which issues a penalty notice to the drivers, usually carrying a £50 fine.”

The visits were made on Wednesday, February 6, resulting in 7 TORs, Monday February 18, 2 TORs, and Friday March 8, where 18 TORs were issued in the space of an hour and a half.

 
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