Speeding Cars

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


The new guidelines for urban safety produced by DfT recognise that road accidents which do not occur in 'clusters' are often due to speed - the fact that the cars are going too fast compared to pedestrians and cyclists. The DfT thinks action should be taken to reduce this problem - what is TfL doing to reduce speeds in London's traffic? .


Answer for Speeding Cars

Answer for Speeding Cars

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The evidence is clear: the higher the speed, the greater the casualty problem. TfL's road safety programme tackles this in a number of ways.The road safety engineering budgets allocate funding for road engineering measures, including traffic calming and 20mph zones, which are designed to lower speeds at sites which have a significantly high casualty history. Traffic management schemes are also funded to improve road safety on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). As well as reducing speeds, these often also include improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.Safety cameras have proven to be very successful at both reducing speeds and lowering casualties. The cameras in London are managed by the London Safety Camera Partnership, who ensure that sites selected have a casualty history that exceeds the DfT guidelines of at least 4 killed or seriously injured (KSI) during the previous 3 years. The reduction in casualties at London safety camera sites is estimated to be between 25-35%. On average each safety camera site is therefore preventing about 1 KSI every 2 years. .