Ultra Low Emission Zone and minimising pedestrian collisions with blind and visually impaired people (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0877
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Guide Dogs for the Blind, RNIB and other organisations representing blind and partially sighted people are very concerned that the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles within the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone could lead to many vehicles which create very little audible noise. They believe these vehicles could potentially be a very serious risk to pedestrians, especially those who are blind or partially sighted.

What steps are being considered by Transport for London to ensure that vehicles permitted within the Ultra Low Emissions Zone create some form of artificial engine sound to ensure their audibility to people who are blind or partially sighted, and other pedestrians.

Answer

Answer for Ultra Low Emission Zone and minimising pedestrian collisions with blind and visually impaired people (1)

Answer for Ultra Low Emission Zone and minimising pedestrian collisions with blind and visually impaired people (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2014, the European Parliament introduced new legislation to address the quiet running of electric and hybrid vehicles. This stipulates a minimum noise level while driving at less than 12mph (20kph) without an internal combustion engine. All new electric and hybrid vehicles will be required to have an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System by July 2019, with existing models retrofitted by July 2021. Some current models of electric vehicle already have the system fitted.

When the ULEZ is introduced in September 2020, virtually all electric and hybrid vehicles will have this technology fitted, with all vehicles being audible by July 2021, thereby reducing the risk to blind or partially sighted pedestrians and cyclists.