TFL aims for 1 million speeding fines a year, senior Met official says
While authorities say speed cameras and other speed cameras are a necessity to limit accidents and traffic jams, those who oppose them will be horrified to learn that TFL is actually aiming for a million speeding fines a year.
The statement comes from Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, who was speaking at a meeting of the London Assembly Transport Committee on Tuesday. He said TFL has “a clear position to meet a target of one million speeding lawsuits per year.”
Continuing, he said there were over 360,000 speeding lawsuits in London in 2021 and 263,000 in 2020. He then added that plans are in place to give 564 community support workers Police (PCSO) in London the powers of traffic officers within “a few days”.
These officers will monitor speed limits between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. to begin with, Ovens said, as part of a new law enforcement campaign.
Reacting to the announcement, Will Norman, London’s Commissioner for Walking and Cycling, said “TfL’s goal is” not to get as many prosecutions, the goal is not to enforce at all . “
Mr Norman added: “We need to enforce, but we also need to talk about the application so that it becomes [the norm]. At the end of the day, I don’t want to impose on anyone. I want people to drive 20 miles an hour and to be safe and to protect people. “
According to Norman, the TFL and the Met must “use the messages” about law enforcement to bring about behavior change among drivers and discourage speeding.
A 20 mile per hour limit was introduced by TFL on all roads it operates in the central congestion charge zone in March 2020, with a consultation last year asking the public whether speed restrictions should be lowered on all other London roads. It is not known what action will be taken following the conclusions of this consultation.
Ovens welcomed a reduction in speed limits, but said it was only one of the four most common reasons for road fatalities, the other three being the use of a cell phone, drinking and driving and not wearing a seat belt.
He went on to say that a “default position” on speed limits in London would allow drivers to obey the law and consistently drive at a safe speed.
The AA and other road user organizations have yet to comment, but they are likely to find fault with the speeding fines targeted by Met and TFL. Targets for fines have been a thorny issue in the past, with many believing that such an approach is about money rather than law enforcement for the benefit of road users.
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