Politicians, businesses and council leaders of London have come together to work on strategies so the capital can achieve Vision Zero.
Launched in Sweden more than 20 years ago, Vision Zero is a road safety project aiming to get to a point where there are no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic.
Since its establishment in 1997, the number of deaths in Sweden has halved and London is following in these footsteps, with the target of eliminating all death and serious injuries from the roads by 2041.
Emergency service representatives, international Vision Zero experts and victims of road trauma have joined with London’s politicians, businesses and councils to gain a better understanding of how they can implement changes to eliminate serious injuries and deaths from the transport network.
Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London are already working to implement changes; this includes the transformation of London’s most intimidating junctions; working closely with the police to target dangerous drivers and illegal road activity; and the introduction of the Direct Vision Standard, which rates what HGV drivers can see through their cab windows.
TfL is working with the manufacturers of HGVs so that they are produced with safety in mind and from next year, the new London buses have to include a host of new safety measures, such as technology that limits speed of vehicles, an audible alert for pedestrians, and more blindspot mirrors.
The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, said deaths and serious injuries on the capital’s roads should never be treated as acceptable.
She said: “How has society come to accept that road deaths and injuries are just the price we have to pay moving around in a big city?
“Sadiq has made it clear he will do everything in his power to make our streets safer. As the first Mayor of London to commit to a Vision Zero ambition, he recognises that we need a radical approach if we are going to eliminate deaths and serious injuries.”