Let’s cut road deaths in London to zero

24 July 2018

Each year more than 2,000 people are killed or seriously injured on London’s streets, taking a devastating toll on the people involved, their families and communities across the capital. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, believes no death or serious injury on London’s roads should be treated as acceptable or inevitable. So he’s committed London to a bold target to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from our road network. 

Here are five ways we’re looking to achieve this:

  • Lower speed limits on TfL’s road network: TfL is now proposing to make 20mph the new general speed limit on all TfL roads within the Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) by 2020.
  • Transforming dangerous junctions: After identifying 73 junctions with the worst safety records, TfL is proceeding with a major ‘Safer Junctions’ programme that will see significant safety improvements made at these locations to reduce road danger for people walking and cycling.
  • Tough safety standards for the design of HGVs: TfL’s ‘Direct Vision Standard’ for Heavy Goods Vehicles will be the first initiative of its kind in the world to categorise HGVs depending on the level of a driver's direct vision from a cab. This scheme is due to be introduced in 2020 to improve vehicle safety and increase visibility of vulnerable road users. HGVs will be given a rating between 'zero-star' (lowest) and 'five-star' (highest), with only those vehicles rated 'three-star' and above, or which have comprehensive safety systems, able to operate in London from 2024.
  • A world-leading Bus Safety Standard: This will identify the latest safety technologies and features to significantly reduce casualties on the bus network. This could include improved vision for drivers and autonomous emergency braking, as well as redesigned buses both inside and outside. This Bus Safety Standard will be written into all new bus operator contracts from the end of 2018. The Vision Zero action plan also includes education campaigns with ‎local communities and schools, and safety training for motorcycle and moped riders and cyclists.
  • Safer streets for walking: the Mayor is investing a record £2.2bn in streets across London to make them safer for walking and cycling, and improve the environment for everyone. 

Read the full Vision Zero action plan here: Vision Zero.

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