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Sadiq Khan will be making eight London boroughs 20mph compliant-zones for motorists – and the deadline has been brought forward by five months.
The London Mayor has recently ruffled feathers in the city thanks to his controversial ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) expansion.
The scheme sees the drivers of non-compliant vehicles clocked by street cameras which use automatic number plate recognition and charged for driving in such zones.
While the dust has barely settled on Mr Khan’s ULEZ expansion, with cameras being vandalised across London, a new set of motoring rules are set to come into play by the end of this year.
He plans to introduce a further 40 miles of 20mph zones before 2024, with the original deadline being May next year.
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The additional measure, according to Transport for London bosses, will help to “save lives” and make large swathes of the capital a more “safer and attractive place for people to reside and work”.
Which areas will be affected?
Motorists will be told to slow down in Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, Wandsworth, Merton, Bromley, Lambeth and Kensington and Chelsea from this month, with plans for it to be gradually rolled out over the last four months of the year.
Once these new speed limits have been implemented, a total of 87 miles across London will be 20mph compliant, the Daily Mail reports.
TfL bosses say that by 2024 an additional 140km of roads controlled by the authority, including 37 town centre locations, will have the same restriction on speed.
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The lower speed limits “play a critical role” in the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate deaths and serious injury on the transport network, TfL says.
In March this year, the same restrictions were put in place in Camden, Islington, Hackney, Haringey and Tower Hamlets.
At the time, TfL said “almost all the roads in the borough” were to have a consistent 20mph speed limit on the TfL network and the borough road network.
It is thought the new boroughs added to this list later this year will have identical rules.
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Alongside new road markings, street signs and banners, the Met Police will also be helping drivers to understand the new speed limits.
“Following implementation, TfL plans to carry out monitoring to determine whether further measures to further reduce vehicle speeds are required,” bosses said.
“Data collected from May 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022, when compared to a similar seasonally matched period before lower speed limits were implemented, shows the number of collisions fell 25 per cent (from 405 to 304), and collisions resulting in death or serious injury fell 24 per cent (from 94 to 71).”
Lilli Matson, TfL’s chief safety, health and environment officer said: “We are determined to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads in line with our Vision Zero goal.
“Speed continues to be a factor in almost half of fatal collisions in London and the devastating consequences for the families, friends and communities impacted by these casualties is immense.
“We’re committed to eliminating unsafe speeds across London and our new campaign aims to challenge drivers’ perception of what counts as speeding, as even driving slightly over the speed limit can still has tragic consequences.
“These new 20mph speed limits will also not only save lives, but make it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and use public transport, creating a safer, greener London for everyone.”
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