New technology is to be used by Wiltshire Council to crackdown on road offences if new plans go ahead.

Wiltshire Council is planning to apply for greater powers to help reduce moving traffic offences, using automatic numberplate recognition cameras for enforcement.

Moving traffic offences are currently only enforceable by the police in Wiltshire, as is the case in other local authorities outside London.

They include driving offences such as going the wrong way down a one-way street, driving through a no entry sign, ignoring a weight limit or turning left or right where it is not permitted.

Local authorities are now able to apply for new powers to enforce moving traffic offences and will be able to issue fines to drivers for these offences.

In Wiltshire, the council has identified an initial six sites for ANPR enforcement and is asking for people’s views on whether these sites are suitable.

Cabinet member for transport Caroline Thomas said: “We are committed to improving road safety in Wiltshire, and that is why we’re applying for these new powers to tackle moving traffic offences such as ignoring weight limits or no entry signs.

“Moving traffic offences put all road users at risk, with pedestrians – particularly those with additional access requirements or limited mobility – especially vulnerable to the dangers when drivers ignore the rules of the road.

“This is not a money-making exercise for us; it’s about putting road safety first and our calculations show the technology will cost us money, rather than generate income.

“We’re also asking for people to identify other sites with current moving traffic restrictions in place around Wiltshire which they think may be suitable for ANPR-based enforcement in the future.”

The first six sites included in this engagement survey are:

- Castle Street and Market Street in Trowbridge, no left-hand turn except for buses, taxis and cyclists.

- Town Bridge in Bradford on Avon, 18-tonne weight limit.

- Roundstone Street in Trowbridge, no entry except for buses, taxis and cyclists.

- Hollows Close in Salisbury, prohibition of vehicles, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-9.30am and 2pm-6pm, except permit holders.

- Market Street in Bradford on Avon, yellow box marking.

- Saxon Road in Salisbury, prohibition of vehicles, Monday-Friday, except permit holders.

The survey opened on May 17 and continues until Wednesday, June 28. To find out more and to take the survey, people should go to

To request a paper copy of the survey, people should call 01225 713497 or email