20mph speed limit to be enforcd in Hackney

File photo dated 05/06/2007 of a 20 miles per hour (mph) zone in East Dulwich, south London as Milli

File photo dated 05/06/2007 of a 20 miles per hour (mph) zone in East Dulwich, south London as Millions of drivers are facing the prospect of reduced speed limits in towns and cities across England and Wales, according to new research. Picture: PA/Stephen Kelly - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hackney Council is set to invest £200,000 in implementing a 20mph speed limit for motorists on all roads under its control.

The move comes shortly after neighbouring Islington Council rolled out a borough wide 20mph speed limit on all roads over which it has jurisdiction.

All of Hackney’s residential streets have had 20mph limits since 2008 and the move to enforce the limit on non-residential streets has come after more than two years of campaigning.

The new speed limit will not include red routes or roads that come under Transport for London control.

Statutory traffic management consultations will begin in March to notify people of the change, which the council hopes to roll out in the second half of 2015.

This will include putting up signs and road markings around the borough.

The speed limit will be enforced by police and those caught breaching it will be penalised in the same way as any other speeding offence – which includes a fine, points on their driving licence or even a court appearance and ban.

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Cllr Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for neighbourhoods said: “We will be implementing a 20mph speed limit on all borough roads this year, not including those that fall within the responsibility of Transport for London (red routes), as part of a mayoral commitment.

“The aim is to make the roads safer and to make Hackney a more pleasant place to live and work. Before any 20mph limit is put in place, statutory Traffic Management Order consultations are likely to take place in March to make everyone aware of the proposed limit.

“We are in the first stage of the project and will be introducing signs and road markings across almost 30km of road network. We can then assess the impact of 20mph speed limit before looking carefully at whether further measures could be put in place.”

Islington put in place the 20mph limit in 2013 but police initially said they were unable to enforce it and critics branded it “toothless” after not one single penalty was issued in the first 12 months.

But at the end of last year police and the council have carried out a number of operations enforcing the limit.

Camden Council has also since implemented a 20mph limit on its roads.