Vision Zero

Every death and serious injury on the road is horrific and unacceptable, tearing apart families and destroying lives. These terrible tragedies are of epidemic proportions, in every town, every week. 

Yet these devastating and costly casualties are preventable, and so we should not accept any number. Brake believes we should strive towards a vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries. This is the only humane aim. 

We must also acknowledge that the traffic causing these tragedies is a major contributor to carbon emissions, and affects the well-being and health of communities. In working to tackle the carnage, we can also make our communities greener, healthier, happier places.

We should aspire to a world where governments, communities and companies have worked together to achieve zero road deaths and serious injuries, and streets that can be used without fear. This document imagines that world.

The road

  • 20mph speed limits are the norm in cities, towns and villages.
  • Traffic-free zones are in all communities so people can make the most of their streets.
  • Pavements and safe crossing places are on all community streets.
  • Separate cycle paths are next to all road or rail routes.
  • Bus services are in all communities, with links to train services.
  • Large trucks are restricted in all communities, by size and time and roads.
  • Speed limits are no higher than 50mph for single carriageway rural roads.
  • High speed rail is available for passengers and freight, for all long distance routes.

The vehicle

  • All vehicles are driven by sustainable power sources.
  • Finger-print locks are on all vehicles, so only drivers insured and licensed to drive can do so.
  • Speed limit activated speed limiters (intelligent speed adaption), limit vehicles to within the posted speed limit.
  • Alcolocks and druglocks are on all vehicles.
  • Seat belt locks are on all vehicles, preventing the vehicle being driven unless belts are fastened.
  • Occupant crash protection measures are on all buses as well as all other vehicles, such as 3-point belts.
  • Occupant and pedestrian safety design measures are required by law to latest, highest standards.
  • Telematics are in vehicles to record driving style, distance and times.
  • Compulsory qualifications are required for vehicle mechanics, renewed in line with technological developments.
  • Vehicles must have compulsory servicing, in line with manufacturer recommendations on timing and standards.
  • Safety-critical design problems are solved, such as temperamental wheel fixings on large vehicles.

The driver

  • Driver licensing involves a minimum learning period.
  • Driver training focuses on hazard and crash awareness and prevention measures.
  • Driver licensing requires mental as well as physical health assessment.
  • There is a post-test novice period for new drivers, with restrictions on the most high risk scenarios, including driving in the early hours and carrying passengers of the same age.
  • Health screening for eyesight and impairing medical conditions is required regularly for all drivers.
  • There is a ban on all levels of drink driving, with a trace element of no more than 20mg per 100ml of blood allowable.
  • There is a ban on use of any impairing drug while driving, legal or illegal.
  • There is a ban on mobile phones, handheld and hands-free, while driving.