Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a partnership approach to road safety management. It is based on the belief that no death or serious injury is acceptable on roads.

West Yorkshire Vision Zero is a road safety aim to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all in West Yorkshire.

We believe that no death or serious injury is acceptable on our roads, and we are working in partnership to reduce road danger in our region.

The Combined Authority have established a West Yorkshire Vision Zero Board to provide leadership on our commitment to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on our roads by 50% by 2030, and to zero by 2040.

The Board, chaired by Alison Lowe, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, oversees the West Yorkshire Safe Roads Partnership in delivering the Safe System approach for a safe, sustainable road environment, supporting active travel ambitions and improving access for all road users.

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Safe Systems

We believe in using the Safe System approach to improve road safety.

The Safe System is an approach to road safety which puts people at the centre, with a view that every road death or serious injury is preventable.

The Safe System approach has five pillars of action:

  1. Safe Road Users/Behaviours
  2. Safe Speeds
  3. Safe Roads
  4. Safe Vehicles
  5. Post-collision Response

Working on all these parts of the road system ensures that when one aspect of the system fails, the other pillars will continue to support safe travel so that no one suffers serious harm from a road traffic collision.

The Safe System approach accepts that, while road users should behave safely and legally, people do sometimes make mistakes – and these mistakes may lead to crashes.

It is the responsibility of anyone who plays a part in shaping the wider traffic environment – as well as road users – to make sure those mistakes do not result in serious harm. This includes those who plan, design, invest, legislate, build, maintain, enforce, and educate in this area.

Acting together, we can make progress on our Vision Zero ambition, where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.


The Fatal Five

Investigations into collisions show that many road deaths were preventable and that there are five main contributory factors that cause serious road traffic collisions. These are known as the 'Fatal Five'.

The Fatal Five are:

  • Careless driving
  • Drink and drug driving
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Using a mobile phone
  • Speeding

Road users who commit one of the Fatal Five offences are far more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than those who do not.

We can all improve road safety - always drive carefully and at safe speeds, never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, always wear a seatbelt, and keep hands off of your phone.


Get in touch

If you want to find out more about Vision Zero, you can get in touch with the team.



Vision Zero Team
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Wellington House
40-50 Wellington Street