A new 40 strong TfL team of Road and Transport Enforcement Officers is being deployed to key traffic routes across London to crack down on congestion. Tasked with helping deal with problems such as illegal stopping or unloading of deliveries, which can cause delays to drivers and bus passengers, it will work closely with the TfL funded Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Policing Command. It will help to move unlawfully stopped vehicles, issue Penalty Charge Notices to illegally parked vehicles and clear unnecessary or poorly set up roadworks. The group is expected to rise to 80 by next Spring.
The ten key locations the team will be deployed at are on roads that between them carry 110 different bus routes and are used by half a million bus passengers, in addition to 300,000 car and taxi passenger journeys every day. It is the first time that TfL will have its own officers who will have the power to direct traffic around congestion on London’s roads. This includes issues such as breakdowns and collisions. They will also access real time information and data and send intelligence back from the street to TfL’s control room.