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Cyclists issued with more than 4,000 FPNs during Operation Safeway

  • 06 January 2014
  • By Chris Druce

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Safeway resulted in cyclists receiving more than 4,000 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) in the five week period to 3 January 2014.

The road safety operation, which has now been extended by a week, saw cyclists hit with 4,085 FPNs or reported for summons, from 25 November 2013 to 3 January.

The most common offences included not having lights on their bicycles at night (1,598 FPNs/reports for summons) and contravening traffic signals (1,225).

Around 900 FPNs were cancelled when the cyclists agreed to attend designated points subsequently to show that they had now fitted lights to their bikes.

Motorists were issued with 9,733 FPNs or reported for summons during the period. Failing to wear a seatbelt (2,437) and using a mobile phone while driving (2,424) were the most frequent offences. However, 1,056 motorists also contravened traffic signals.

Detective chief superintendent Glyn Jones of the Met’s Road Traffic Unit, said: “The public’s response to the operation has been really encouraging. We’ve noticed that road users are generally behaving in a much safer manner, and we have issued fewer fixed penalty notices as the operation has progressed.

“However, a lot of people have taken time off over Christmas and we’re really keen to remind them to stay safe on the roads as they resume their journeys to and from work today. This week, officers will be out again at key junctions, advising road users and enforcing the law where necessary. We want 2014 to be a safe year for all road users.”

  • A spokeswoman for London major Boris Johnson has confirmed that a consulation for the Safer Lorry Charge will go ahead imminently, although there is no official start date as yet. She added that despite recent media speculation, there had been no change in policy in regards the major’s stated position that a lorry ban in the capital wouldn’t be viable.


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