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Operation launched to tackle offenders using London's roads

News   •   Jul 23, 2019 15:23 BST

Officers from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) have launched an ongoing operation tackling high-risk road offenders throughout London.

Operation Road Challenge began on Monday, 22 July and will target high risk individuals using London’s roads with the intention of reducing serious and fatal collisions and preventing high-harm offences.

Another aim is to support the Violent Crime Taskforce who target those involved in gang violence and county lines. They will be embedding activity within BCUs to reduce the number of people who are victims of knife crime and serious violence.

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, from the Met's RTPC, and Lead officer for Vision Zero, said: “This time last year was the launch of the Vision Zero action plan; the Met’s, TfL’s and the Mayor’s Office’s commitment to eliminating death and serious injury on London’s streets by 2041. We remain as committed to Vision Zero now as we did back then, and this week’s operation is proof of this.

“Not only will we be dealing with offences on the road that put people’s lives at risk, but we will also be supporting the VCTF team by looking for individuals who may be in possession of offensive weapons or wanted for seriously violent offences.”

Tackling violence in the Capital is a Met-wide priority and officers from the VCTF often work with colleagues from the RTPC and other units to arrest those who pose a threat. Collaborative operations such as this help all officers remove criminals from the streets, regardless of where they are in London, however we also need the help and support of local communities.

We urge anyone who may have information about crime or those who carry a weapon to contact police on 101. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime - this information could save lives in the future.

Det Supt Cox, adds: “The operational plan will provide a coordinated, efficient and effective response to deny high risk, violent and dangerous individuals the use of London’s roads. Specifically targeting subjects in those areas of London suffering from high volumes of fatal and serious collisions, as well as violent crime, this will contribute towards the strategic aim of the Mayors Vision Zero action plan to reducing serious and fatal collisions in London zero by 2041 as well as supporting the MPS’ strategic aim of reducing violent crime across the capital.”

Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “The devastation caused by road trauma is completely unacceptable, which is why we are working closely with the Met to crack down on dangerous and careless behaviour. Operation Road Challenge will help us ensure that offenders who have total disregard for the law and the safety of others are removed from our roads. We are committed to cracking down on the highest risk offenders and will continue to do so until we reach our Vision Zero ambition.”