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.
Help prevent death and serious injury on our roads
People in West Yorkshire are being asked their views on road safety to help end all road deaths and serious injury by 2040.
A new survey has been launched with questions on priorities and what further action should be considered around issues like speeding, dangerous driving, road layouts and vehicle maintenance.
Results of the survey will inform the West Yorkshire Vision Zero Strategy.
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 reduce traffic risk and create a safe mobility system that is forgiving of human error and eliminates serious harm.
The Safe System approach has five pillars of action:
- Safe Road Users/Behaviours
- Safe Speeds
- Safe Roads
- Safe Vehicles
- Post-collision Response
By improving safety in each of these areas, partners can ensure 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 Mayor recognises the role that the Combined Authority and its partners have to play in securing safe travel for all. That is why we are working with partners including the five local authorities, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, National Highways, Brake, and road safety campaigners to develop a whole-system strategy defining our next steps towards achieving Vision Zero in our region.
The Mayor also provides funds to Brake, a road safety charity that supports families of those killed or seriously injured in road crashes and campaigns for safe roads for everyone. The funding is used to support victims in West Yorkshire, including ensuring an information pack is given to all road victims and their families.
The Fatal Five
Investigations into collisions show that many fatalities 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
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.
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
40-50 Wellington Street