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Vision Zero implications of larger vehicles

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

Independent analysis of vehicle collision data (https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/08/15/restrict-twice-as-deadly-suvs-in-u-k-cities-urge-transport-data-scientists/#168b13b761e1) has identified a potentially higher risk of death for people walking when they are hit by vehicles with larger engines. What work is Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) undertaking to collect and analyse data on the characteristics of vehicles involved in collisions to target their actions as part of Vision Zero?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Vision Zero Action Plan, http://content.tfl.gov.uk/vision-zero-action-plan.pdf, recognises that vehicles with larger engines, including heavy goods vehicles and buses, present the greatest risk to people walking, cycling and riding motorcycles.

That is why I have asked Transport for London (TfL) to introduce a world leading Bus Safety Standard to be applied across the entire bus fleet, which will be incorporated into all new bus operator contracts. TfL are also launching the world’s first Direct Vision Standard for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and are working as part of the London Freight Enforcement Partnership to further understand and improve HGV safety standards.

It is also recognised that vehicles with larger engines are not necessarily larger vehicles, but are potentially more powerful private vehicles more able and likely to travel at inappropriately high speed. It is for this reason that TfL and the Metropolitan Police are redoubling their efforts to crack down on excess speed on London’s streets.

Personal injury road traffic collisions are reported to TfL by the police in accordance with national STATS20 instructions. Transport for London undertakes detailed analysis of each collision that results in death and serious injury, including the characteristics of the vehicles involved. As part of the national STATS20 review, TfL is also working with the Department for Transport to improve the reporting of the engine capacity of vehicles involved in collisions.