Traffic aims and Objectives

Officers inside a police vehicle

The Traffic Unit and Traffic Criminal Justice Unit are specialist teams which perform a pivotal role in the maintenance of law and order, deterring crime and reducing death and injury on the roads.

Find out more information about the work of the traffic teams.

Traffic Unit

What we do

The Metropolitan Police Traffic Unit is committed to reducing the number of traffic related deaths, injuries and crimes on London’s roads.

Aims and objectives

  • Deny criminals use of the roads by enforcing the law
  • Reduce road casualties
  • Tackle the threat of terrorism
  • Reduce anti-social use of the roads
  • Enhance public confidence and reassurance by patrolling the roads
  • Attend and investigate all fatal collisions

Intelligence-led operations use a combination of enforcement and education to focus on issues such as:

  • Antisocial and criminal use of vehicles on the roads
  • Drink and Drug driving
  • Speeding
  • Seizing uninsured and unlicensed vehicles
  • Motorcycle, moped and scooter safety
  • Commercial vehicles and the transportation of hazardous materials
  • Un-roadworthy and dangerous vehicles
  • Road safety at schools

Traffic officers often detect wanted criminals and those committing other offences as part of routine traffic stops.

Traffic Criminal Justice Unit

What we do

The Traffic Criminal Justice Unit deals with all MPS traffic prosecutions, except drink drive and those cases where crime is involved. It also processes all MPS fixed-penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder and runs safety-camera enforcement as part of the London Safety Camera Partnership (LSCP).

Aims and objectives

Our overall aim is to improve driving standards and make London’s roads safer. It is by supporting our operational colleagues, giving them the confidence that traffic offences will be dealt with and ensuring that victims are dealt with appropriately, that this aim can be achieved.
Our pledge to you

If someone reports a Road Traffic collision to us and we investigate the matter, the Traffic Criminal Justice Unit will contact you within 5 working days to give you contact details of the person dealing with your case.