Barnet traffic cameras record seventh highest speed in London 

Barnet’s dangerous speed-limit smashing wasn’t even in London’s top five

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According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to the Metropolitan Police by car-leasing firm Car Lease, Barnet is the London borough where the seventh highest speed was recorded by traffic cameras between 2021 and February 2024.

Barnet, which has 10.28 speed cameras per 100,000 people, recorded a highest speed of 106 mph.

According to Transport for London (TfL) 48 of 99 fatal collisions in London in 2022 were caused by speeding. Since the 20 mph speed limit was implemented on over half of London roads, nearly one in four cars have been slapped with speeding fines – tickets issued for 20 mph offences have increased by 700% since 2018.

Havering holds the record for the fastest ticket in London, with a driver clocking up an astonishing 144 mph – 56% faster than the highest speed recorded in Bexley across the river (92 mph).

Despite having 17 cameras per 100,000 people in the area, the City of Westminster ranks second with the fastest driver caught reaching a staggering 115 mph. Brent trails behind closely as the third speediest borough with a top speed of 114 mph.

Enfield and Redbridge are tied for fourth, with drivers reaching a whopping 111 mph. Last year, a petition signed by 2,000 Enfield residents was submitted in hopes of addressing speeding issues on the A10 motorway. Meanwhile, across the River Thames, Greenwich takes the sixth spot with the most reckless driver hitting 107 mph.

At the other end of the spectrum, Southwark, Harrow, and Kensington and Chelsea recorded the lowest highest speeds at 54 mph, 61 mph, and 65 mph, respectively.

Shaun Money, expert at, provided guidance on steering clear of the dangerous habit following the release of the FOI data: “Notably, there’s a stark rise in speeding incidents during the summer, with a 25% increase on motorways. It can be very tempting to speed, especially when you’re running late or feeling frustrated. It’s an easy habit to fall into, but also incredibly dangerous.

“To break the habit of speeding, start by planning your journeys with extra time to spare, reducing the stress of potential delays. Utilise cruise control on highways to help maintain a consistent and legal speed. Additionally, regularly check your speedometer and be mindful of posted speed limits to keep your driving in check.

“Implementing these strategies can make a significant difference. Stay calm behind the wheel by practising relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or listening to soothing music. Use technology to your advantage by installing apps that alert you if you’re speeding. By staying aware of the dangers and taking proactive steps, you can contribute to safer roads for everyone.”

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