Prosecution of car drivers (2)

MQT on 2015-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the Met Police view (expressed in relation to the death of Michael Mason) that certain roads in central London are so full of lights and distractions that we should not expect drivers to necessarily see cyclists equipped with the legally required lights. Will you ask the Met Police to formally identify such roads so that the speed limit can be reduced to 10mph, so that cyclists who are run over are less likely to die or sustain serious injuries?


Answer for Prosecution of car drivers (2)

Answer for Prosecution of car drivers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Slower speeds can play an important role in improving road safety in London. The London boroughs are responsible for setting speed limits on 95 per cent of London's roads. An increasing number of London boroughs are introducing borough-wide 20mph speed limits with some, including the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, having already done so. Many more, including the London Borough of Southwark, are either in the process of implementing or considering such schemes. TfL supports 100s of 20mph zones, across London though LIPs.

You will be aware that I recently announced eight new pilots of 20mph speed limits on the TfL Road Network where there is the greatest potential to reduce casualties, increase active travel such as walking and cycling. These trials will help us to better understand the role that 20 mph limits could play going forward on the TLRN as well.

The Roads Transport Policing Command (RTPC) is working together with Transport for London (TfL) to further improve the safety and security of London's roads. This includes delivering initiatives such as Operation Safeway to clamp down on dangerous behaviours at collision hotspot junctions and educating all road users about their safety. In addition the RTPC and TfL are exploring new enforcement opportunities to further reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London's streets.

It is worth noting that last year TfL published its revised Cycle Safety Action Plan which sets out 33 actions to further improve the safety of cyclists across London. In particular, the Plan contains a number of actions to increase cyclists' visibility through safe junction and vehicle design, trials of innovative vehicle safety technologies such as cyclist radar and optical sensors on London buses and working with bicycle manufacturers to improve cycle design.