Hackney is a 20mph borough

We put a 20mph speed limit on all of the borough's roads in 2015. Some red routes, which are managed by TfL, such as the section of the A10 from Shoreditch to Dalston also have a 20mph speed limit. There are speed limit signs at the entry to all 20 mph routes as well as repeater signs or road markings.

Vehicles travelling at lower speeds will make the roads safer for all road users and more appealing to cyclists, and encourage more children and parents to walk to school. The aim is to reduce the amount of road collisions and casualties and to make Hackney a more pleasant place to live and work. 

Working with the Metropolitan Police

We regularly work with local police on a number of initiatives including:

Operation CUBO

Operation CUBO is a joint operation between the police, local authorities and enforcement agencies which identifies vehicles on the ANPR database, pulling them over for a range of checks at the roadside.

Its principal aim is to reduce the number of uninsured vehicles being driven on London's roads. Driving without insurance is illegal; uninsured drivers are more likely to be involved in collisions, and tend to drive vehicles without an MOT. Offenders could receive six penalty points and a fine. If you're fined and refuse to pay, your vehicle could be seized and auctioned or crushed.

Exchanging Places   

These community events raise awareness of cycle safety, allowing people to sit in the driver's seat of an HGV (heavy goods vehicle) or bus to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can't see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle.

Community Roadwatch

A road safety initiative which aims to reduce speeding in residential areas, giving you the opportunity to work side by side with Hackney's local police teams, and use speed detection equipment to identify speeding vehicles. The information can help to inform the future activity of local police teams and they'll issue warning letters to speeding drivers where appropriate.

To take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, contact Hackney's safer transport police  at

Child car seats

The safest way for children to travel in cars is in a child car seat that is suitable for their weight and size, and is correctly fitted in the car. Research suggests that four out of five car seats are not fitted properly. A properly fitted child seat stops them being thrown around inside the vehicle and will absorb some of the impact of a crash.

Safety advice

  • all children must be in the correct child restraint until they are either 12 years old or 135cm tall
  • it's dangerous and illegal to carry a baby in a rear-facing baby seat in a front car seat that has an active airbag
  • you are putting your child's life at risk if you fail to ensure that their car seat is the correct one for their weight and size 
  • if you don't comply with the law you could be fined

To find out more details call us on 020 8356 4963 / 5795 or see:

Page updated: 21/12/2016 10:00:45