Drivers handed out speeding fines after police lowered the “enforcement” limit by 1km/h

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The stricter rules were introduced without any official announcement (Picture: Getty)

The number of drivers being fined for speeding in London has skyrocketed after the Metropolitan Police lowered their “enforcement threshold” without official notice.

The rules previously said road users would take no action if they were speeding unless they exceeded the limit by 10% plus 3mph.

This means motorists could be driving at 25mph in a 20mph zone before being charged.

But the force quietly lowered its threshold by 1 mph in 2019, the Times reported.

About 347,000 motorists were told they would be prosecuted for speeding between January and June this year.

That compares to 97,000 in the six months before the Met changed the rules.

However, the force emphasized that the 259% increase was due to “capacity and not the change in enforcement threshold”.

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The “enforcement threshold” was changed in May 2019 (Image: Getty Images)

Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said there has been “an absolutely massive increase in taxi drivers getting three, six, nine and 12 points in a three or four week period”.

He stressed that some of them have been in the profession for 35 years without “a single point on their license”.

The Met told the threshold is in line with National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidelines.

“Posted speed limits are the maximum speed at which road users should drive,” a statement added.

“To be clear, for a 20mph speed limit, a 10%+1 tolerance level would mean we would not enforce at 21-23mph and a 10%+2 enforcement level would mean enforcement at speeds of 24mph and above .

“We therefore do not enforce a speed limit of 20 km/h at 23 km/h.

“Speed ​​is the single largest factor in collisions that result in death or serious injury.

“Excessive and inappropriate speed contributes to almost half of fatal accidents and non-compliance with regulations in London remains too high.”

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