Talking from the principle stage of the Tory social gathering convention, the Cupboard minister introduced the Authorities will evaluation its powers to forestall “overzealous use of visitors administration”.
The worldwide idea of 15-minute cities is predicated on having retailers, providers and workplaces inside a brief stroll or bicycle trip from folks’s houses.
The Authorities will examine what choices we’ve in our toolbox
Mr Harper stated: “I’m calling time on the misuse of so-called 15-minute cities.
“There’s nothing improper with ensuring folks can stroll or cycle to the retailers or faculty, that’s conventional city planning.
“However what’s completely different, what’s sinister and what we shouldn’t tolerate is the concept that native councils can resolve how typically you go to the retailers, and that they ration who makes use of the highway and when, they usually police all of it with CCTV.
“So as we speak, I’m saying that the Authorities will examine what choices we’ve in our toolbox to limit overzealous use of visitors administration measures together with chopping off councils from the DVLA database in the event that they don’t observe the principles.”
Some folks imagine 15-minute cities are a conspiracy led by the World Financial Discussion board and the United Nations to make use of surveillance to restrict journey.
In September final 12 months Oxford Metropolis Council permitted the thought of getting important providers inside a 15-minute walkable distance as a part of its 20-year growth plan.
Opponents of the idea linked the coverage to proposals for metropolis centre visitors restrictions by the separate Oxfordshire County Council.
Mr Harper didn’t specify whether or not the potential blocking of councils from utilizing DVLA knowledge could be restricted to these in England or throughout the UK.
Transport coverage is essentially devolved within the UK, however the DVLA is an company throughout the Westminster Authorities’s Division for Transport.
The DVLA holds particulars of the registered keepers of automobiles licensed within the UK.
It discloses this info to non-public or public sector organisations and people offering they will show an inexpensive trigger to have it.
Councils use the database to subject fines when their CCTV methods document the quantity plate of a automobile whose driver is committing a motoring offence.
We’ll put a cease to councils taking advantage of visitors offences
The Native Authorities Affiliation was approached for a remark.
Mr Harper gave extra particulars of plans to curb the usage of 20mph velocity limits, which had been first revealed final week.
He stated it “can’t be proper” that these zones are “imposed with out correct native consent”.
He went on: “We are going to change the Division for Transport’s steerage, requiring councils to solely use 20mph zones the place there’s a good purpose and underlining that 30mph is the default velocity restrict on city roads.”
Mr Harper added: “It’s additionally time to place a cease to some councils utilizing unfair fines as a cash spinner.
“We’ll put a cease to councils taking advantage of visitors offences, clawing again income and eradicating any temptation to take advantage of you for revenue.”
Mr Harper reiterated that “no Authorities cash” could be used to fund low visitors neighbourhoods – the place motorised automobiles are banned from some streets – and pledged to “assist councils sort out the menace of potholes”.
RAC head of coverage Simon Williams stated: “Being clearer with councils on vital points that have an effect on drivers round visitors administration – whether or not that’s the usage of 20mph limits, implementing low visitors neighbourhoods or the enforcement of yellow packing containers – is optimistic as, in spite of everything, eight in 10 say they’d battle to get by and not using a automotive.
“These measures will hopefully convey some much-needed consistency to how drivers are handled, in addition to avoiding conditions the place potholes get left unattended for months.”
Nicholas Lyes, director of coverage at charity IAM RoadSmart, stated: “Whereas broadly being excellent news for drivers and riders, scrapping sure insurance policies shouldn’t imply that highway security is sacrificed on the altar of getting automobiles shifting.
“Regionally led schemes which cut back collisions on our roads, similar to focused 20mph limits, have to be supported with good high quality infrastructure.
“The Authorities must be clear in its steerage and permit native authorities to push ahead with schemes to cut back highway casualties.”