Highway Code and legislation changes discussed with Department for Transport

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 29th August 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

The London Assembly Transport Committee report, Hostile Streets, in December 2017, called on Transport for London (TfL) to be proactive in asking for changes to the Highway Code and other legislation that could help people walking and cycling in London. Further to the details published a year ago in the TfL Vision Zero action plan, what requests have you made to the Department for Transport, what meetings have you had with them and what progress has been made?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am committed to eradicating deaths and serious injuries from our roads and delivering Vision Zero for London. In June this year my Walking and Cycling Commissioner joined other cities in calling on Government to enact a number of significant changes that would empower local authorities to better protect people walking and cycling. He and TfL officials met with Jessie Norman in April 2019 and Michael Ellis in June 2019 to discuss Vision Zero.

I am pleased that the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its intention to review the Highway Code and is engaging with local authorities to inform the changes. Transport for London (TfL) is fully supportive of the review, which was suggested in the Vision Zero action plan last year. TfL is  working with the DfT and other stakeholders on updating the Highway Code to better protect people walking and cycling.

TfL is also urging Government to legislate on decriminalising mandatory cycle line and Advanced Stop Line infringements, as well as improving licensing for people riding motorcycles.