More than 65 people a week were injured by hit-and-run drivers during 2010 according to figures released by the Green Party.
London Assembly Member Jenny Jones is calling on the Mayor to halt funding cuts for the Met’s traffic police service which has seen £2m slashed from the current year’s budget.
Jones says the service’s work in clamping down on illegal drivers is vital if London is to cut the number of hit-and-run collisions and make its roads safer.
The AM said: “We can’t catch all these drivers without good enforcement and that means the traffic police having the funds to do their job. If they are not being given the proper funding and are losing officers, then they are not going to be able to work to stop all these hit-and-runs.
“For me it’s a no-brainer. I am furious that the traffic police have had their budget cut like this. It doesn’t seem right. This is a huge problem in London and it’s getting worse.”