Vision zero: London (UK) targets vision zero in urban road safety

Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are overrepresented in fatal collisions. HGVs make up less than 4% of the miles driven in London, but were involved in 78% of cyclist fatalities and 20% of pedestrian fatalities in 2015. Transport for London (TfL) is looking to improve HGV safety.

Actions TfL are taking include:

  • Improving overall vehicle design to increase driver direct vision.
  • Influencing European regulations governing vehicle design.
  • Increasing awareness of the levels of direct vision available from different HGVs enabling operators to specify the right vehicle for the job.
  • Improving ground conditions at construction and work sites to reduce the need for ‘off-road vehicles’.
  • Supporting purchase of quality safety equipment.
  • Providing planning and procurement guidance to encourage procurement of safer trucks.

For the definition of direct vision standards for HGVs, take a look at TfL’s Direct Vision Standard for HGVs page. For research on direct and indirect vision from HGVs as well as construction logistics and cycle safety, take a look at the research in TfL’s Publications and Reports page.

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Source: TfL

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