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CALL FOR MORE POWER TO DEAL WITH MOTORISTS

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The chairman of West Midlands Travel, Peter Snape, who is also a Labour MP, has called for new powers for councils ...
The chairman of West Midlands Travel, Peter Snape, who is also a Labour MP, has called for new powers for councils to crack down on drivers breaking road rules.

The Birmingham Post (p3) reports that the call comes following the announcement from John Prescott, the environment secretary, of new targets for bus operators to improve services.

He said councils outside London needed to be given powers to prosecute drivers who broke parking regulations and drove in bus lanes.

Buses could then be equipped with cameras which would photograph offending drivers and the company would pass pictures to the council.

'A lot depends on local authorities' powers of enforcement. At the moment the only people wi0th power of enforcement are the police.

'We need local authorities to be able to act and for companies to put cameras on buses and then prosecute people who are found driving in the bus lanes,' he said.

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