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New 20 mph speed limits (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

Thank you for your response to my question 2018/5192. You said you have no expectation for the police to provide additional enforcement beyond their routine activity to achieve compliance. However, it seems police have taken proactive efforts to support your new central London 20 mph speed limits. This is welcome, so will you encourage the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to extend this approach wherever 20 mph limits apply?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) carried out a week of activity focusing on speed awareness across the whole of London, and while it coincided with the introduction of 20 mph on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), activity was not specific to these roads or the 20mph speed limit.

As mentioned in my response to 2018/5192, The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) enforces 20mph limits in the same way as all other speed limits. They deploy resources to locations where risk is greatest, and in a way that maximizes the deterrent effect. In 2018/19 the MPS took enforcement action on 157,000 speed offences, of which over 35,000 were for speeding on 20mph limit roads.

The enforcement of speeding and the educating of offenders are important aspects of my Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury from London's transport network, and Transport for London (TfL) and the MPS have several initiatives to tackle this.

The MPS will introduce a new dedicated speed enforcement team in April 2020 which will enforce speed limits across the capital, including the 20 mph limit on the TLRN. £10m has been allocated for safety cameras in the TfL Business Plan, and installation of these will begin in 2020/21. TfL is also working with the MPS to delegate traffic enforcement powers to Police Community Support Officers, significantly boosting the number of officers who can enforce speeding.