Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are cracking down on illegal, dangerous and careless behaviour that creates risk on our roads, as part of their joint Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury on London's roads by 2041.
During an enhanced two week programme of enforcement, named Operation Vision Zero, 4,758 offences have been dealt with by on-street officers alone - more than 800 offences higher than an average two week period in 2016.
The MPS's Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), part funded by TfL, has ramped up activity to deter and deal with risky behaviour on London's roads. The RTPC mobilised officers from across the 2,000 officer strong command. Officers dealt with speeding, mobile phone use, no insurance, drink/drug driving and mechanical defects such as steering and lights. 176 drivers were arrested, for offences including drink, drug, dangerous and disqualified driving. Ramped up activity
There were 507 drivers stopped for mobile phone use, 654 for speeding and 559 caught driving without insurance and 1,394 for mechanical defects. Officers also dealt with 519 cycling offences such as red light jumping. Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at TfL, said: 'No death or serious injury is acceptable or inevitable and we will continue to crack down on anyone who is behaving dangerously, carelessly or illegally. 'Excess speed, mobile phone use and other risky road user behaviour are undisputed contributors to road traffic collisions in London. The consequences are devastating for victims and their families. 'Our message is clear, we won't tolerate illegal and dangerous behaviour and through our work with the police we will take robust action against those that do. Slow down, be careful and watch out for others.' Chief Supt Colin Wingrove, from the MPS, said: 'The Metropolitan Police, in partnership with TfL, is committed to Vision Zero and is taking positive action with those who use London's roads dangerously, carelessly or illegally, to make the roads safer for all road users, reduce road danger, and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured. 'Driving a vehicle illegally, dangerously or carelessly is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. Not only are you breaking the law but you are posing an unacceptable risk to yourself and others. 'The results of this latest two-week enhanced enforcement 'Operation Vision Zero' shows that we are prepared to crack down and catch those who break the law of the road.'