TfL and Met pursue crack down on speeding offences

11.59 | 20 May 2022 | | 6 comments

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TfL and Met Police say tackling speed is a vital part of the Capital’s Vision Zero commitment after outlining a target to enforce up to one million speeding offences per year by 2025.

In 2021/2022, the Met enforced 476,685 speeding offences, 199,105 more than in the previous year. This represents a year-on-year rise of 72%.

While lauding the ‘huge strides’ made to date, the authorities hope to have the capacity to enforce up to one million speeding offences by 2024/25

Seb Dance, deputy mayor for transport, said: “Reducing danger on the Capital’s road transport network is a top priority, and lowering speeds is one of the most important things that we can do to make London’s streets safer.  

“London has made huge strides in reducing road danger since adopting the Vision Zero goal for London and committing to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London’s streets by 2041, but there is still a long way to go.”

One way TfL and the Met are seeking to achieve that goal is through the installation of five new mobile safety cameras.

TfL says the ability to relocate the cameras means that they can be used to target non-compliance ‘hot-spots’ and in areas where local communities are concerned about speeding on residential roads. 

In turn, this ensures that TfL and the police can be more responsive to local community concerns and emerging problems. 

Since the new cameras have been in operation, the Met Police has used them to enforce 9,500 speeding offences, including one driver who was travelling at 90mph in a 30mph speed limit. 

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s director of compliance, policing, operations and security, said: “We are taking robust action against drivers who continue to speed, putting themselves and others at risk on London’s roads. 

“This new equipment helps to increase levels and coverage of enforcement activity against speeding drivers across London. We urge drivers to slow down.”



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    Re-David Weston’s last comment…after working nearly forty years in highways, traffic and road safety, I believe he is the first person I’ve encountered who thought the speed limit outside their house was actually too LOW!! Conversely however, I also once encountered a motorist who gratefully supported a proposed reduction of a particular speed limit (60 to 40 I believe), as it would ‘help stop her from driving too fast’ (!!) as if there could not possibly be any other way of achieving this. Extraordinary but true.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    > David – if you had a car driven into you would you prefer 30 or 20 mph ? At 20mph you would be far more likely to survive

    As a militant pedestrian who often walks 70 to 80 miles in a week, I’d rather not be driven into at all.

    And as a driver I’d rather not drive into pedestrians either.

    The reference to “absurd” 20mph limits is that – they’re often illogical and applied in places where frankly they should not be applied (such as the road outside my house)

    And more often than not, where the safest speed is 20mph or less, a general 30mph limit is the one that’s in force. Funny, that.

    David Weston, Newcastle upon Tyne
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    Might I suggest that the increase in drivers caught breaking the law is more a reflection of the amount of enforcement than any particular increase of lawlessness.

    Paul Luton, Teddington
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    David – if you had a car driven into you would you prefer 30 or 20 mph ? At 20mph you would be far more likely to survive. 20 mph is far from absurd where there are likely to be vulnerable road users.
    Impressed by your concern for London drivers living at the far end of the country.

    Paul Luton, Teddington
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    No David.

    This is indicative of the huge amount of law-breaking by drivers throughout London. Speeding is rather like dropping litter or fly-tipping. Someone could think that the odd crisp packet or even bag of rubbish is not going to hurt anyone. But collectively and progressively when repeated it blights communities and suppresses the choice of people to choose their own mode of transport without fear from being vulnerable to criminal and irresponsible behaviour by some drivers. And of course look hard enough and you can find families where the result of speeding is the loss of a family member from a driver who thought that the odd spot of speeding wouldn’t hurt anyone.

    Those who really care about road safety and danger reduction continue to be shocked by the attitudes of some who post comments on this website which seem to endorse law-breaking and criminality.

    Rod King, Lymm
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    > In 2021/2022, the Met enforced 476,685 speeding offences, 199,105 more than in the previous year and an increase of 72 per cent

    Not withstanding the potential for (as a guesstimate) £3 million in donations towards the Metropolitan Police through referrals to diversionary courses, I’m rather staggered by that increase.

    Has there been a 72% increase in accidents during the same period, or is this indicative of the absurd 20mph limits that have been put in place throughout London?

    David Weston, Newcastle upon Tyne
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