LRSU manages a budget from which London boroughs can request money for local safety schemes, 20 mph zones and education campaigns. This process is called the Local Implementation Plan (LIP), or LIPs process.
When applying for LIP funding, boroughs must show how their proposed schemes will contribute to casualty reduction in London.
Boroughs must also provide information on the progress of scheme design and implementation. Joint requests are considered, where boroughs can work together to deliver schemes that cross borough borders.
LRSU looks at all applications and decide how to distribute funding across London. In general, schemes are prioritised according to best value. Schemes with the greatest potential for reducing collisions are given priority.
TfL currently provides funding to London boroughs through the LIPs process for more than 20 different categories of work.
Road safety is one such area of work, others include cycling, bus priority, walking and school travel planning.
Following London borough concerns and debate over the resources required for the current LIPs process, as from April 2010 there will be a new LIPs2 process which allocates road safety budgets to borough corridor, area and neighbourhood programmes.