ANPR camera approved to improve safety at The Plain roundabout in Oxford

An automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera will be installed at The Plain roundabout in Oxford to enforce an existing ban on drivers making a dangerous manoeuvre.

The camera will be used to fine motor vehicles using Cowley Road that make a prohibited left turn on to Iffley Road. Despite the existing restriction, many motor vehicles are still turning left.

Cyclists will continue to be permitted to make this left turn.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Management, approved the measure on Thursday, and said: “This will be an extra measure to help improve safety at The Plain for all road users, especially the most vulnerable such as pedestrians and cyclists.

“This is a very busy roundabout and the banned left turn is a road safety hazard, which increases the risks for all users. There is a good deal of support for the installation of a camera to deter this.”

The camera is being funded by the council’s Vision Zero programme, set up to try to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from road traffic collisions in Oxfordshire by 2050.

Changes to The Plain were prompted by the death of a cyclist in March 2022, which led to  safety improvements in November 2022 as well as loading restrictions brought in earlier this year.

Motor vehicles will continue to be required to drive around The Plain and then take the Iffley Road exit.

Motorists who contravene the restriction will receive a £70 penalty charge notice, discounted to £35 if paid within 14 days.

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