Westminster Council wants to become the first local authority in the UK to deploy special enforcers with the power to issue penalty notices to cyclists flaunting the Highway Code.
More than 30,000 cyclists use the roads in the London borough every day, with the council claiming one in five of them regularly break the Highway Code by running red lights, riding on pavements and ignoring one way signs.
At present, the police are the only authority with the power to enforce penalties and, according to Angela Harvey, chairman of the Westminster’s scrutiny committee “they aren’t taking the matter seriously”.
The council hopes the police are willing to delegate their power to issue penalty notices in oder to crack down on the problem.
Department of Transport figures show that 820 cyclists were injured in the three months leading up to June 2009 - a 19 per cent increase from the previous year.