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Safer roads the aim for City of London Police in day of action

Last week, the City of London Police carried out an important operation in support of Vision Zero.

Vision Zero is a part of the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and aims to eradicate road deaths and serious injuries from our roads by 2041. As supporters of Vision Zero we are committed to ensuring no-one is killed or seriously injured travelling in London.

Roads Policing officers targeted all road users and focused on ensuring safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer driver behaviours. They were joined by partners from the DVSA, Environment Agency and HMRC.

Throughout the day of action: 

  • 72 vehicles were stopped by police
  • 27 traffic offence reports or summons were issued
  • 4 vehicle were seized for having no insurance or for driving licence offences
  • 11 mechanical prohibitions were detected on vehicles by the DVSA
  • A level 5 fine was issued for driver’s hours by the DVSA
  • 32 vehicles were fuel dipped and tested by HMRC
  • 44 vehicles were checked by the Environment Agency with 14 needing advice and/or follow up action

Sergeant Samantha Garnham, from the City of London Police, said:

“Whilst road fatalities are rare in the City, even one death is one too many. Partnership working is so important in educating and engaging with road users to remind them of the key aspects of road safety as well as the laws they need to adhere to.

“As a force we regularly take part in awareness-raising initiatives and enforcement days of actions to ensure the aims of Vision Zero can soon become a reality.”

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said:

“No death or serious injury is acceptable or inevitable and we will continue to work with the police to crack down on anyone who is behaving dangerously, carelessly or illegally. Operation Vision Zero took place across London and police dealt with 4,700 offences and made 176 arrests, taking dangerous drivers off the capital’s roads. 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.”

HMRC Assistant Director Simon Kiefer said:

“Fuel fraud costs millions of pounds in lost duty every year and creates an uneven playing field for honest businesses. HMRC is committed to cracking down on this illicit trade and joint operations like Vision Zero are a valuable way to bring our collective powers to bear on illegal activity. 

“Anyone with information about tax fraud should report it to HMRC online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Hannah Wooldridge, a waste officer for the Environment Agency, said:

“Working with our partners helps us deliver roadside operations and the sharing of intelligence to identify non-compliant operators. The Environment Agency wants to make sure businesses carrying waste have the proper authorisations to allow them to transport and transfer waste. Waste being transported with no authorisations is likely to end-up at unregulated sites. Such sites store waste in vast quantities and for long periods of time posing significant risks to health and the environment.

"We want to make it very clear to people that everyone has a duty of care to ensure their waste is managed and disposed of correctly by the people they give it to. If you use illegal waste carriers to take your rubbish you risk being fined up to £5000. 

“Enforcement days such as today helps ensure that the right waste goes to the right place ‎to stop unpermitted businesses undermining legitimate businesses.”

DVSA Traffic Enforcement Manager, Della Read said:

“DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Unsafe vehicles and tired, unfit drivers put other road users at risk of death or serious injury.     

“Working closely with our colleagues in the City of London Police and other agencies mean we’re able to more effectively target these drivers and vehicles, and take them off the roads."

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