Thank you for your email received by us on 11 July 2017 asking for information about the enforcement of yellow box junctions.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require. You asked for:
1. Please provide a copy of the enforcement protocol used/supplied for moving traffic contraventions relating to box junctions across the London Boroughs. If more than one protocol has been written, or the protocol has been amended, please provide all versions of the protocol and the date on which they were issued.
The power for Transport for London (TfL) to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for yellow box junction contraventions comes from the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003. There is no protocol as such because these enforcement powers are laid out within primary legislation. Traffic signs and road markings are governed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD), which is a Statutory Instrument made by the Secretary of State for Transport. The version of the TSRGD that was in force when the primary legislation was passed is the TSRGD 2002, which was amended in 2011, and box junctions are referred to in Schedule 19. The TSRGD was radically overhauled by the Department for Transport in 2016. Box junctions are now referred to in Schedule 9. Copies of the legislation and Regulations are available at: www.legislation.gov.uk.
2. I would also like you to provide any guidelines that you have issued in regards to any considerations which should be taken into account when issuing PCNs. Examples of this include where a vehicle is not an obstruction and is only just on the edge of a box junction (for example with the back wheels on the line of the edge of the box).
TfL is only responsible for the red route network in London and therefore can only provide information relating to red route. Please see the attached document “YBJ enforcement assessment guidelines” issued to our camera enforcement officers. We do not have a record of the date when this was issued.
3. Please provide details (email address and postal address) of the department responsible for considering disputes between a council and a member of the public in regards to the interpretations of these guidelines when said council has refused to consider the matter further.
Disputes of this nature are considered by the independent adjudicators at the London Tribunals, who hear appeals against PCNs issued by TfL and the other London authorities. Details of how to contact the Tribunal are available on their website at: www.londontribunals.gov.uk.
In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.
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FOI Case Officer
Transport For London