Met Police Issued 14,000 Fines to Cyclists and Drivers in Eight Weeks

By Jack Tomlin on at

In an operation that lasted two months, London Metropolitan Police swarmed the capital in an attempt to increase safety on the roads, handing out over 14,000 fixed penalty notices in the process to those on both two wheel and four.

Operation Safeway began on November 25th and concluded last week. It was initiated after the widely reported and much maligned spate of six cyclist deaths in two weeks during late-2013.

Driver's were collectively issued 10,140 FPN's for offences such as using a phone while driving or not wearing a seatbelt. The 4,269 fines given out to cyclists were for passing through red lights or not having lights attached to the bike.

Detective Chief Superintendent Glyn Jones explained:

“Our aim was to have a sharp and intense period of enforcement and education which would quickly prompt people to behave more safely on the roads. Eight weeks ago we were stopping numerous pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and motorcyclists every day because they were acting in a way that could put their safety, or the safety of others, at risk.

Eight weeks on, I have seen first-hand that attitudes have changed. This is reflected by the fact that we’ve had to issue fewer fixed penalty notices as the operation has progressed.”

Around 2,500 officers were on patrol over 170 well-known danger hotspots in London. Did you or anyone you know get stopped during Safeway? Do you cycle in a city and have a story to share? Let us know in the comments below. [Standard]