Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Jenny Jones AM:  Something that came up at the Police and Crime Committee last week was that in spite of road fatalities being higher than murders here in London, the roads unit has only £7 million to investigate these, whereas homicide has £41 million.  There are all sorts of changes to our roads happening at the moment.  Do you think perhaps that resources to traffic and the roads unit and collision investigation ought to be more of a priority?

Answer

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I will look at that, Jenny [Jenny Jones AM].  Of course, the great thing about what is happening on the roads - and I really pay tribute to Transport for London (TfL), to Surface Transport, to Leon Daniels [Managing Director ‑ Surface Transport, TfL) and to all of his team, as well as to the MPS - is that the numbers of people killed or seriously injured (KSIs) are at record lows.  As far as I can remember, they have come down by about 40% or 50%.

 

Jenny Jones AM:  It is more about the deaths and the fact that they do take a lot of investigation but the unit does not have the resources.

 

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I will look into that.

 

Jenny Jones AM:  They have two collision investigators.

 

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I will certainly look into that and I am interested in what you have to say there, but one of the great bits of news in the last few years is the fall.  That really makes a difference to people because the people who die in road accidents are overwhelmingly people on low incomes.  The same can be said of people who die in fires.  Those improvements are a blow for social justice, in my view.

 

Jenny Jones AM:  It is more than that as well.  Particularly with things like the [Cycle] Superhighways, drivers are getting more aggressive and there seem to be more cases where drivers are driving at, for example, cyclists with intent to hurt them.  Personally, I think that if you hurt a cyclist or any road user like that, it is a criminal case, but there is never enough money for that unit.

 

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Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I will look at it.  I will certainly look at it.  All I can say is that Ken Livingstone [former Mayor of London] once said that one of the reasons he did not learn to ride a bike was that he was worried about being run off the road by drivers.  I have been cycling around London.  It is perfect.  Nobody has tried to assassinate me on my bicycle so far or at least ‑‑

 

Jenny Jones AM:  That is a surprise but ‑‑

 

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Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  ‑‑ they may have tried but I probably did not notice.