The newly elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has publically backed the introduction of 20mph zones in London.

Labour politician Sadiq Khan, who was elected to his position on 07 May, and succeeds Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, announced his endorsement for lower speed limits in urban areas which was welcomed by road safety charity, Brake.

According to Brake, lowering the speed limit is proven to reduce road casualties as it provides drivers with a longer reaction time should they need to slow down or make an emergency stop.

A 2014 study by the road safety charity, found that 78% of people believed 20mph zones should be introduced in busy public areas such as residential streets, schools and city centres.

Last month, prior to his election, Khan also announced his support for the London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Sign for Cycling’ three point agenda, promising to triple cycle superhighways, remove dangerous lorries from London’s roads and enable a Mini-Holland in every London borough.

Tom Jones, head of policy at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Since his appointment only last week, Mr Khan has gone on record supporting reduced speed limits across London; an encouraging indication of the priority he will give road safety as Mayor.

“The role of Mayor of London is intrinsically linked to transportation and road safety in the capital and this immediate move is a good sign that Khan will significantly better the mediocre, publicity obsessed, tenure of Boris Johnson on the issue of road infrastructure and cycle safety in London.”