The Roads and Transport Policing Command, in partnership with Transport for London, is leading the Met’s week of activity and enforcement, commencing on Monday, 22 January, to address this offence.
They will particularly be patrolling collision hotspot areas in an unmarked HGV cab, which gives them the upper hand as they are able to see – from their elevated position – motorists driving while using a phone. The cab is also fitted with cameras to evidentially film non-compliant drivers. Officers who spot any unlawful behaviour by motorists, lorry drivers, cyclists and other road users will then notify policing colleagues to intercept them.
The week of action also coincides with Operation Safeway, the RTPC’s operation to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads; rid London’s roads of the most dangerous road crime offenders; and, educate all road users about their responsibilities to make the roads safer.
Officers on Op Safeway will take a robust approach to enforcing road traffic legislation of all road users – cars, lorries, HGVs, cyclists and motorcyclists – found committing traffic offences such as travelling too fast, failure to wear seat belts, red light violation, failure to comply with advanced stop lines, vehicle defects and no insurance. In addition, road safety advice and information will be provided to the public, where appropriate.