Ultra Low Emission Zone and minimising pedestrian collisions with blind and visually impaired people (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0878
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

There is some evidence that there is a higher incidence of pedestrian and bicycle collisions involving hybrid and electric vehicles.  What steps are being taken to ensure that the much welcome growth in hybrid and electric vehicles does not lead to an increase in collisions with cyclists and pedestrians across London.

Answer

Answer for Ultra Low Emission Zone and minimising pedestrian collisions with blind and visually impaired people (2)

Answer for Ultra Low Emission Zone and minimising pedestrian collisions with blind and visually impaired people (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL accepts that the quiet running of, in particular, battery-electric vehicles may cause difficulty for cyclists and pedestrians. 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.