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Highways Agency

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to give Highways Agency traffic officers certain police powers; and if he will make a statement. (91310)

There are no plans to give Highways Agency traffic officers any further powers beyond those already conveyed to them under Part 1 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and those being developed in connection with the removal and disposal of vehicles.

It is envisaged that traffic officers may have similar powers to those which the police have under the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986, and sections 99 to 102 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. This will enable traffic officers to remove vehicles that are causing an obstruction or danger, supporting traffic officers in helping to keep traffic moving and freeing up police time.