Two Thirds Of People Feel “Unsafe” On Bradford’s Roads

On Thursday Bradford Council will decide whether to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order in the district to tackle anti-social driving.

Over two-thirds of people say they feel “unsafe” on Bradford’s roads, and believe dangerous driving is one of Bradford’s biggest problems.

On Thursday Bradford Council will decide whether to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order in the district to tackle anti-social driving.

If it goes ahead it would give the police and Council more powers to target anti-social drivers, including people who loudly rev their vehicles, cause a danger to other road users and pedestrians and play loud music, shout, swear or make sexual suggestions from a vehicle.

The order went out to public consultation last year, and 1,260 members of the Bradford public responded.

On Thursday Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee will decide whether to move ahead with the order.

A report going to members reveals that over three-quarters – 76 per cent of respondents – were in favour of the order.

However, some thought the proposals were “an infringement of civil liberties” and could unfairly target car enthusiasts.

If approved, culprits could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for breaching the order. Council officers should be able to install the legal framework to get it up and running in the next three months.

The report also reveals the concerns of the people who responded.

When asked how safe they felt in relation to “vehicular nuisance” in the district 40 per cent said they felt “very unsafe” and 30 per cent said they felt “fairly unsafe.”

Just 10 per cent said they felt very safe.

Three-quarters of people said they felt less safe in some parts of the district than others, with the city centre judged to be the most unsafe area.

This was followed by Manningham, Leeds Road and Great Horton Road.

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