Labour urge Mayor to challenge Barnet on 20 mph zone rules

London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore and Barnet Labour group leader Cllr Barry Rawlings have written a joint letter to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, asking him to challenge Barnet Council’s policy on 20 mph zones.

Currently, Barnet will only create new 20 mph zones outside schools, and will not allow residents to request them where they want. Mr Dismore and Cllr Rawlings said to Mayor Khan that this policy was unhelpful in helping the Mayor achieve is vision of zero road deaths.

Mr Dismore said:

‘Several boroughs in London have introduce borough wide 20 mph zones, such as Camden, Islington and Haringey. Which such a blanket policy across Barnet might not be relevant, allowing residents to have 20 mph zones where they want them would help make pedestrians feel safer. Sadiq Khan has an important vision for zero road deaths in London, and if we are going to achieve that then we need cars to reduce their speed.’

Cllr Rawlings said:

‘A few weeks ago there was tragically a fatal accident involving a 3 year old boy in East Finchley. The Ward Councillors and most residents are in favour of a ward-wide 20 mph zone, but this would not be permissible under the Council’s rules. It is time to change those rules and give pedestrians some confidence that Barnet Roads are safe to walk.’