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NEW POWERS FOR COUNCILS OUTLINED BY TRANSPORT SECRETARY

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The Traffic Management Bill, which gives local authorities increased powers ...
The Traffic Management Bill, which gives local authorities increased powers

to keep the roads clear, will ease the burden on the police, transport

secretary Alistair Darling told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this

morning.

MPs will today be debating the Bill. It will give traffic wardens the power

to fine motorists for traffic offences, but Mr Darling denied that car

drivers would come under greater pressure with more penalties. 'The whole

thrust of this Bill isn't to raise money', he said.

'It relieves the police of duties like making sure box junctions are kept

clear or bus lanes are kept clear', he said. The Bill will also allow

councils to regulate the digging up of roads.

NEW POWERS PLANNED FOR TRAFFIC WARDENS

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