New technology is key to reducing accidents involving buses and HGVs,
Transport for London’s (TfL) latest strategy to reduce serious and fatal accidents on the road has identified new technology and training for buses, heavy goods vehicles and their drivers as essential.
The first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan outlines how TfL aims to protect all vulnerable road users – cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. It also explains how it has devised six commitments designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 40%, by 2020.
The plan follows a consultation held lastspring to reduce the number of deaths and serious injury caused by HGVs, buses and coaches, which are considered to be disproportionately high compared to other forms of transport.
The newest initiative is the introduction of a digital speed limit map for London, to encourage the development of next generation in-vehicle technology designed to limit speed which, TfL believes, will become a benefit for commercial vehicle fleets.
This scheme will tie into the Intelligent Speed Adaptation trial planned for London’s buses in 2015 prompting the bus driver to adhere to speed limits across London.