Vision Zero Policy Checklist

This checklist helps identify the Vision Zero policies that should be included in a highway authority’s transport plan or strategy. The policies below relate in particular to built-up areas. We have slightly different list for London boroughs where some elements are under the control of Transport for London.

This is our starter-for-ten and we are happy to include other suggestions and make improvements!

A more usable version can be downloaded here.

Theme Vision Zero Policies
Slower speedsDefault 20mph speed limit in built-up areas.
Less trafficRoad User Charging/Congestion Charging/A Low/Ultra-Low Emission Zone.
 A Workplace Parking Levy or plans to introduce one.
 Car free town/city centres.
 Replacing freight deliveries by motor vehicles with cargo bikes.
 Encouraging construction materials to be transported by rail or river.
 Planning policies that mandate car free development.
Safe local streetsSafe main roads where people and vehicle mix such as high streets, town centres and many other main roads. Design for healthy streets: a) easy to cross with frequent formal crossings (zebra/light controlled); b) low speeds including use of traffic calming/speed cameras and c) segregated cycle lanes.
 Safe residential roads – Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – removing through traffic from residential areas.
 Zebra crossings on side road junctions (Manchester Beelines).
 Enforcement. Ensuring that there an active Community Roadwatch programme.
 Enforcement. Active use of on-street officer enforcement for the key 5 offences: a) inappropriate speeds, b) distraction (use of mobile phones while driving), c) drink/drug driving, d) careless and dangerous driving and e) driving without insurance, licence and MOT.
 Enforcement. Widespread speed and red-light camera enforcement.
 Promotion of police enforcement work using social media.
Safe cyclingSegregated cycle lanes on main roads (supported by Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and 20mph speed limits).
Safe crossingsMaking crossings direct and in a single stage across the carriageway.
 Minimising waiting time for pedestrians at signalised pedestrian crossings.
 Providing sufficient time to cross at signalised pedestrian crossings.
 Ensuring that crossings follow pedestrian desire lines.
 Frequent formal crossings.
 Creating formal crossings at bus stops.
 Closing side roads to motor traffic.
Safe vehiclesIntelligent Speed Assistance (ISA). Encouraging/mandating the introduction of ISA for: a) fleet procurement as part of renewal programmes, b) for any service procured by the borough with a fleet requirement, c) any car club vehicles that aim to operate from a base within the borough, d) encouraging the uptake of mandatory ISA in other fleets, such as hauliers, construction firms and coach operators and e) promoting the installation of mandatory ISA in taxis and private hire vehicles and encouraging the appropriate licensing authority to make ISA a requirement for new taxis and private hire licensing.
 HGVs. Encouraging/mandating contractors to use Direct Vision Standards.
 Encouraging/mandating the use of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in contractor vehicles.
 Buses. Bus safety standards such as ISA and AEB.
 Taxis. Ensuring that fitted as standard are Autonomous Emergency Braking, ISA and collision warning systems.