Civilian road patrols may be given the power to issue fines

An overhaul of traffic infrastructure could see civilian road patrols being given the right to enforce traffic rules and fine lawbreakers.

The uniformed Highways England patrols, dubbed 'traffic wombles' by Jeremy Clarkson, were introduced in 2004 to patrol motorways and A-roads. Currently, their duties include only clearing debris, keeping traffic flowing and protecting motorists during jams and in the aftermath of crashes.