Green Assembly member Caroline Russell says that until now serious injuries on London’s roads have been greatly under-reported. As such, she believes that the roads of the capital are greatly more dangerous than Transport for London (TfL) reports have previously indicated.
In 2016, the number of those killed or seriously injured on London’s roads was 2,501. In 2015, the figure was just 2,092.
However, experts believe that the change is primarily to do with a new way of recording such incidents.
Previously, inclusion was based on a police officer’s judgement of severity, but this has now been altered so that it is instead based on the type of injury.
Russell told the London Evening Standard: “Until now, serious injuries on our roads have been gravely under-reported — London’s streets are much more dangerous than TfL’s reports have been showing.
"Road danger is a crisis for our city and needs urgent action ... The Mayor must bring in lower speed limits, prioritise people over motorised traffic and design healthy streets to enable people to walk and cycle to school, work or the shops in safety.”