Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2022.
As I said in my response to 2021/4378, work is underway with the Metropolitan Police to enable the sharing of data from the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) cameras, in compliance with data protection legislation and where this would be necessary and proportionate. Road user charging schemes such as the ULEZ, Low Emission Zone and the Congestion Charge are enforced using a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras. These are helpful for assisting the Metropolitan Policy in preventing and detecting crime. However, they are not used for directly enhancing street safety.
Transport for London (TfL) already operates a number of schemes dedicated to improving safety on London’s roads, such as Vision Zero, the Direct Vision Standards and lowering speed limits to 20mph on many of their roads.
Regarding street safety more broadly, my London Plan calls on local authorities to produce dedicated plans for their areas at night. The GLA’s 24 Hour London Team is working with boroughs to help them create holistic night-time strategies which should ensure that issues around safety and barriers to participation are addressed. This includes developing world-leading guidance and providing dedicated expert advice to support boroughs to create diverse and inclusive night-time plans
MOPAC has also submitted bids from local authorities for the Government’s Safer Streets Fund. To date, 5 local authorities in London have been successful in the first three rounds of the Fund. Should a fourth round be announced this year, MOPAC will submit further bids for the Fund.