Camera operated road restrictions were one of the suggestions put forward by residents both for, against, and on the fence for low traffic and low emissions neighbourhoods. The key benefit is that they improve access for emergency and key services.
Whatever your opinion on the sweeping road changes brought in under emergency COVID-19 legislation, there have obviously been communication difficulties from the offset.
The sheer number of fines handed out for driving through poorly signed zones – around £2.5 million in just a few cameras in Dulwich and Walworth in a few weeks alone – is ridiculous. Something has obviously gone very wrong.
News that there is a new exemption for people living within the zones who are disabled badge holders will be far more welcome to many of our readers.
Importantly, the schemes are still in a trial stage and data on how well they have fared in reducing pollution, congestion and encouraging more active travel will be shared in the coming months.
What residents and motorists will be asking next is how the council plans to reduce the number of fines handed out – and whether it is a real priority.
Amid the ongoing debate about low traffic schemes last week’s front page calling for a tram system in Southwark is a timely reminder why focusing on new public transport – the type that actually works for car users – is so important.
If the changes to our streets are here to stay, perhaps a greater focus on accessible, quick to implement, new modes of public transport – like trams – would make a bigger impact and turn the increasingly bitter debate about low traffic schemes into a more positive public discussion.