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Sadiq Khan vows to issue 1million speeding fines to London drivers before the end of the year as Mayor’s war on motorists goes up a gear

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Sadiq Khan has vowed to issue one million speeding fines to London drivers before the end of the year. 

The Mayor of London said he wants to crack down on speeding in the capital, issuing strict targets for the Metropolitan Police to increase the capacity to enforce more speeding fines. 

Through new cameras rolled out in the city, drivers would be caught and forced to pay the punishment.   

If caught breaking the speed limit, drivers could be landed with a £100 fine and three penalty points added to their licence, GB News reported. 

Almost one in every four cars registered in the capital got a speeding fine in the past six years, data recently showed. 

Sadiq Khan (pictured) has vowed plans to issue one million speeding fines to London drivers before the end of the year

Through new cameras rolled out in the city, drivers would be caught and forced to pay the punishment

Through new cameras rolled out in the city, drivers would be caught and forced to pay the punishment

An estimate 595,000 tickets were issued to drivers by the Metropolitan Police since 2018. 

The fines were mainly handed out to drivers who broke the 20mph limit, with charges up 700 per cent since 2018. 

In January this year, a study claimed that London is the world’s slowest city for drivers, with traffic crawling at an average of just 10mph because of its widespread 20mph speed limits. 

Drivers took 37 minutes and 20 seconds to cover just 6.2 miles (10km) in the city last year – a minute longer than in 2022, according to satellite navigation firm TomTom.

It came amid Khan’s extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) last year and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, which can land drivers with fines.

And TomTom claimed that the 20mph limits, which were also expanded last year, may have led to an increase in greenhouse gases due to the longer journey times.

The world’s second slowest city centre is Dublin, with 6.2-mile trips typically taking 29 minutes and 30 seconds. It was followed by Toronto, Canada (29 minutes); Milan, Italy (28 minutes and 50 seconds); and Lima, Peru (28 minutes and 30 seconds).

MailOnline has contacted Sadiq Khan for comment.  

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