Hundreds of thousands of motorists could avoid speeding fines in central London following cuts to the capital’s safety camera partnership.
The move has forced 45 members of staff to be shifted from the unit, which is responsible for operating 900 speed and red light cameras in the capital.
It is estimated the 304,324 notices of intent to prosecute handed out in the year 2008/2009 could fall to around 80,000 after Transport for London cut funding by about £2.8 million.
“This is a return to the bad old days when drivers could speed with impunity and the number of deaths and serious injuries on London's roads were horrendously high,” said London Assembly member Jenny Jones.
A TfL spokesperson said: "The Partnership plays a vital role in cutting death and injury on London’s roads and we, as well as the MPS, have written to the Transport Secretary to press the Government to continue to support it."