The roads of London are known to be some of the busiest in the UK and for that reason drivers are advised to be attentive at all times. However, there are always added measures and guidelines being put in place to improve the safety on the roads for drivers.
Drivers in London should be aware that as early as next week, speed cameras are being installed in Cornwall that will not only catch speeding drivers but also those who don’t stop at red lights. But London is also due to get its own cameras that will catch you breaking a 20mph speed limit.
A report to TfL’s safety committee said: “We have been working with the [Met] to increase the level of police enforcement to tackle speeding and the harm it causes. This has included a programme of activity to increase the effectiveness of the safety camera operation, working towards having the capacity to enforce up to one million speeding offences by 2024/25.”
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When a speed camera flashes it can fill the distracted driver who has just passed it with dread. The ticket which arrives in the post can mean higher insurance premiums and a costly fine – or the equally painful speed-awareness course. Currently, nearly half of all London roads have a 20 mph speed limit.
This includes all roads within the Central London congestion charge zone. Additionally, 19 of the 33 boroughs recognise it as the “default” legal maximum. There are currently new trends and patterns in road danger that have emerged as a result of an increased use of smartphones and driving apps and more home delivery traffic.
But TfL is now planning to almost treble the number of main roads limited to 20mph and wants a “significant increase” in the capacity of the Met police to catch and fine drivers who exceed the limit. TfL is supplying the Met with five “LASERcam 4” devices that combine a speed gun and video camera – enabling footage to be collected that can be used to issue fines at new “hot spot” locations, including at night.
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