MOTORISTS who flout a traffic ban in Pontefract town centre will be slapped with fines in a hard-hitting blitz.
Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) are warning drivers to “ignore pedestrian areas at their peril” in an operation to enforce traffic regulations in the precinct.
Insp Richard Sullivan, of the NPT, said: “Pontefract town centre can be very busy, particularly on market day.
“We are initially putting out warning letters to remind motorists of these regulations but will shortly be implementing a policy of fining vehicles with unauthorised access to the pedestrian areas – so ignore our message at your peril.”
PCSO Becki Norbury, who patrols the town centre, has been handing out warning letters and reminding motorists of the traffic regulations.
The rules stipulate the town centre – particularly Salter Row and the Market Place – are designated pedestrian areas.
Delivery and council vehicles can use the area between 6am and 10am and 4pm to 6pm for loading and unloading and for setting up the outdoor market.
Other concessions are made for emergency vehicles and cash in transit vehicles.
All other private vehicles, including taxis and private hire vehicles, are not entitled to use the precinct.
Insp Sullivan added: “It has come to our attention that the precinct in the town centre is being used as a thoroughfare by unauthorised vehicles.
“Some of these are taxis or private hire vehicles and also members of the public have been seen making short cuts or using cash point facilities.
“We have had reports that the pedestrian zone on Valley Road and Cornmarket is also being ignored as is the no entry sign from Valley Road into the centre.”
For more information about the rules, contact the NPT on 0845 6060606.