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A council in Northamptonshire wants to get hold of powers normally reserved for the police to enforce traffic offences against HGVs.

Following a change in the law earlier this year, local authorities can now apply to the Department for Transport for the power to enforce against traffic contraventions.

North Northamptonshire Council said it was now asking for views on its proposal to enforce traffic offences, before submitting its application.

Graham Lawman, council executive member for highways, said: “As the authority with responsibility for highways, acquiring these powers will give us the flexibility to enforce where we know it will make the biggest difference – freeing up junctions and making life better where HGVs ignore weight restrictions.”

The council said the offences covered included “driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited, including heavy goods vehicles”.

The level of fines that can be imposed range from £20 for lower level penalties, up to £105 for late payment of higher penalties.

The government said that “traffic enforcement must be aimed at increasing compliance and not raising revenue.

“Local authorities will not have a free hand in how any resulting surplus is used, which will be strictly ring-fenced,” it added.