How will 20mph be enforced?
02/02/2017 14:52:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Question from Councillor Mario Creatura to Councillor Hamida Ali
Borough Commander Boothe has said publicly that for the Council's 20mph policy to be enforced, education of the public and police officer training will be needed. He has rightly said he is keen to enter into a conversation with lead officers to discuss enforcement strategies.
At this stage, can the Council please outline what conversations it had with Croydon Police before embarking on the consultation to ascertain the level of public investment needed to police and enforce new 20mph speeding zones, as Ch Insp Boothe implies?
What is the Council's plan to provide additional funding to the police to aid enforcement of the 20mph policy?
The Metropolitan Police were informed at all stages of the development of the area wide 20mph speed limit proposals, and an officer from the Metropolitan Police was part of the working group that guided its development.
The initial proposal for an area wide 20mph speed limit was also the subject of a report to the Council’s Streets and Environment Scrutiny sub-committee meeting on 16th September 2014. At this meeting the Metropolitan Police representative, Chief Inspector Malcolm Noone, indicated that the Police would provide the same level of enforcement for the 20mph as they currently do for the 30mph limit, and as such, there would be no difference in their workload.
Cllr King, as Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment and I will be meeting with the Borough Commander in the near future to discuss how both the council and the police can continue to work together to support 20mph zones across the borough, and other road safety priorities.
The council already works closely with the Metropolitan Police on a number of enforcement schemes including the RoadWatch project and the provision of data through our innovative automatic number plate recognition systems. The Council will continue to provide direct support of this nature to the Police on enforcement issues, and will continue to take an active part in any strategies that help reduce traffic speeds and improve road safety on our highway.