1,500 offences recorded during week-long operation

Met Police operation

A joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London has resulted in more than 1,500 road users being caught for traffic offences.

The week-long operation, which ran from 22-28 January and comprised a mix of education and enforcement, resulted in 25 arrests – including five people for drink or drug driving.

Of the traffic-related offences, 636 were drivers using a mobile phone at the wheel.

As part of the operation, traffic officers patrolled in an unmarked HGV cab, which gave them an elevated position, making it easier to spot offences. The cab was also fitted with cameras to evidentially film non-compliant drivers.

The operation was in support of the National Police Chief’s Council’s week-long mobile phone enforcement campaign.

Commander Neil Jerome, of the Met Police’s Territorial Policing Command, said:

“Throughout our week of action, traffic officers made several arrests and issued a substantial amount of fines against non-compliant motorists who unlawfully used hand-held mobile devices while driving, or committed other road offences which posed a very real danger to themselves, other drivers and pedestrians.

“This operation was about reminding all road users of the importance of keeping themselves safe while driving. I hope our policing activity achieved just that and motorists can certainly expect to see us carrying out similar operations throughout the year to ensure they are concentrating on safe driving.”

Siwan Hayward, head of transport policing at TfL, said:

“We want to send out the clear message that if you drive in London and flout the rules, you will be caught.

“We want London’s streets to feel safe for everyone and will continue to crackdown on dangerous drivers.

“The Mayor has set out a clear ambition in adopting Vision Zero that TfL, the police, boroughs and the community must work together to create a road network which is free from death or serious injury.

“This week of action shows what we can do together and is the start of a major shift.”

02 February 2018