The plans to extend the line beyond Elephant & Castle have been drawn up by Transport for London which says the scheme could support “at least 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs” by boosting transport capacity.
The force has been rolling out the cameras to its entire frontline workforce, the biggest known adoption of the technology in the world, in order to boost transparency and accountability and to aid officers in securing convictions.
Black cabs are significant contributors to London’s poor air quality and, according to Transport for London, are responsible for 16 per cent of NOx and 26 per cent of Particulate Matter (PM).
The figures, which cover the 12 months to March 2017, mark an increase on the seven discharges in the previous year but show officers used their weapons in just a tiny number of the 15,705 operations they took part in.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will support schemes which encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport in line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets strategy.