London’s new speed rules stretch from Aldgate in the east to Vauxhall in the south covering many tourist hotspots such as the Tate Modern and roads around the Tower of London. Victoria Embankment is also affected by the new speed restrictions as a total of 19 roads saw rules updates.
However, motorists have attacked the new plans on social media with many claiming the new plans could cause extra travel confusion.
A social media user described the new rules as “ridiculous” before warning the new legislation could lead to extra pollution.
He said: “I drive through central London & the 20mph speed limit is ridiculous!
“It already takes longer to get anywhere especially since they installed that cycle lane along the embankment.
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A new 20mph speed limit has come into effect on several London roads
new road signs have been installed across Victoria Embankment
“It’s going to cause more traffic & pollution. People should learn the green cross code!!”
The new restrictions have come into effect on roads which are owned and managed by Transport for London (TfL).
However, several boroughs already run similar 20mph schemes in a growing project across the capital.
The new speed limits have been put into force to boost road safety around the capital’s streets as part of London’s vision for zero road deaths.
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Data from TfL has shown 37 percent of road collisions where a person died or was seriously injured were caused by speed.
However, one user even suggested the new speed limits were a” money-making exercise” before furiously campaigning for added speed restrictions around schools.
The user said: “So today 20 mph in and around London! But what is TfL doing outside our schools?
“The speed limit should be 10mph when the children enter and leave school 2 hrs morning 2 hrs afternoon TfL doesn’t care if it not money making! The 20mph is just a money-making exercise (sic).”
Other social media users commented on the lack of enforcement on the first day of the new scheme as road users were seen travelling almost double the new limit.
Motoring journalist, James Dennison, posted on Twitter: “I was doing 20mph (in a 20mph zone) through London this morning.
“Got overtaken at 40ish by an impatient SUV. Which is safer – everyone doing 30mph single file or cars overtaking at 40mph+ on narrow streets.”
Another user said: “Notice the 20mph doesn’t count for motorcycles absolutely flying about in the city and vans not seen any enforcement either.”
A special speed enforcing team will come into force to target motorists by April in a joint venture between the Metropolitan Police and TfL.
Speed cameras will be recalibrated with the new speeds
The new team will target high-risk locations for speeding and has promised to actively target dangerous drivers.
Speed cameras are being tweaked to the new limit with road signs and markings being put into place to help confused road users.
Sadiq Khan announced plans to introduce the limit as early as September last year promising to introduce the new scheme by May 2020.
The Mayor of London said: “I am absolutely determined to do everything I can to eradicate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads and these new measures are a vital step along the way to helping us to achieve this. “
By cutting speed limits on TfL’s roads within the Congestion Zone we are saving lives, while at the same time making our streets more appealing for Londoners to walk and cycle around the capital.”