Targeted approach to road danger leads to five vehicles being seized

31 January 2019
Road safety officer handing out lights to cyclists

A joint operation between Waltham Forest Council, Transport for London and The Metropolitan Police Service has resulted in five vehicles being seized. 

The three day Surround the Town operation took place on Lea Bridge Road last week, and saw one stolen car returned to its owner, and four cars seized for not having insurance.  

As part of the Vision Zero approach to eliminate death and serious injuries from London’s transport network, TfL and the Metropolitan Police Service are working with council across London to crack down on illegal, dangerous and careless behaviour that creates risk on our roads

Police caught 35 drivers for offences including driving without a valid MOT, driving while using a mobile phone or without wearing a seatbelt. These offences can result in drivers facing a fine, points on their licence or a prosecution.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council and cabinet member for the environment, said: “Road safety is a top priority for Waltham Forest Council which is why we have been investing in improving our streets through programmes like Enjoy Waltham Forest to make them safer for all road users.

“Lea Bridge Road is a main commuter route in and out of London. Over the past 18 months we have been building segregated cycle lanes, improving footpaths, crossings and better bus infrastructure along the route, as well as reducing the speed limit to 20mph in order to provide added protection for some of the most vulnerable road users. Any death or injury on our roads is one too many which is why we have been working with our partners at Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police on this operation.”

During the operation officers also carried out speed enforcement, Close Pass operations with cyclists. There was also an Exchanging Places lorry set up to show pedestrians and cyclists lorry drivers’ blind spots, free lights were handed out to cyclists and the Dr Bike team were also on hand to offer free cycle servicing.

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: “Nobody should be killed or injured on our roads. It is completely unacceptable. That’s why we’re working with the police and the boroughs on a new approach to reduce road danger, using an intelligence-led approach to tackle known problems and locations. We’re committed to our Vision Zero approach to reduce road danger across London and need all road users to help us by following the rules of the road, staying safe and looking out for each other.”

In July, the Mayor, TfL and the emergency services launched their Vision Zero action plan to end the toll of deaths and serious injuries on London's streets.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, 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 Surround the Town operation shows that we are prepared to crack down and catch those who break the law of the road.”