Traffic court plan to speed up cases

American-style traffic courts could be introduced across the country to deal with speeding motorists and traffic light jumpers in a bid to free up more time for more serious cases, the Government said today.

Justice Minister Damian Green wants to set up the courts to reduce delays as part of an overhaul of the criminal justice system, with about 500,000 motoring cases currently heard in magistrates’ courts each year.

It could see motorists in Shropshire having to travel outside the county to have their cases dealt with.

Reports suggest the traffic court for West Mercia area, which covers Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, could be based in Kidderminster but a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice today said that was ‘speculation’, with talks still ongoing.

Mr Green said: “Enforcing traffic laws is hugely important for road safety and saving lives.

“These dedicated courts will enable magistrates to better organise their work.”