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Calls to give community support officers powers to fine speeding drivers

01 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Cycle Islington spokeswoman Eilidh Murray

CYCLING campaigners are calling on the Met to give community support officers the power to fine drivers on the spot in a bid to slow down cars at dangerous junctions.

Representatives from campaign groups wrote to Met commissioner Cressida Dick urging her to allow CSOs to hand out fixed penalty notices.

At the moment CSOs log incidents they witness, making note of the time, speed and registration number but do not have the power to issue on-the-spot fines.

Islington was one of the first London local authorities to introduce 20mph limits on all roads managed by the borough, in 2012.

Cycle Islington spokeswoman Eilidh Murray said: “We are sick of drivers speeding around the borough, thinking that the 20mph limit is only ‘advisory’.

“If the authorities are serious about enforcing this then they have to give people on the ground the power to do this.

“We had two CSOs at our Cycle Islington meeting and they said they were very open to this suggestion.” CSOs support police officers, but do not have full statutory powers to make arrests or issue penalties.

Ms Murray believes that allowing them to issue fines would free up time for police officers to concentrate on other issues. Police forces can extend this power without going through an act of parlia­ment. Areas like Lincoln have already done this.

She said: “I cycle to work almost every day and, without fail, I will see a speeding car.”

The Met said it would not comment before the commissioner had replied to the letter.

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