Report of the Executive Director of the Environment Department.
The Board considered a report of the Executive Director Environment on the Vision Zero Plan 2023-2028.
The Board questioned whether the aim to eliminate all transport related deaths and serious injuries from the streets of the Square Mile by 2040 was a realistic target and commented that there was not enough detail in the Plan on e-scooters. In addition, the Board expressed concern that the Plan placed an increased enforcement burden on the Force without the required allocation of further resources.
Following the Board’s discussion on the importance of education on traffic regulation the Chair requested that Officers complete the review of relevant bylaws and how they were enforced in practice.
Officers explained the partnership approach to managing traffic enforcement, noting that enforcement is, somewhat, a question of resource with education and the design of the road network as contributing factors.
Responding to the Board concerns regarding the use of suggested speed limits the advisory approach to speed limits was explained noting education was seen as important as enforcement with some of these steps committed listed in the report.
The Board agreed that it was not content to approve the report as presented and that consideration of the recommendations should be deferred until an updated report, addressing the concerns raised by Members, could be brought to a future meeting of the Board. The Chair suggested that an informal joint meeting of the Police Authority Board and Planning and Transportation Committee to discuss the Zero Vision Plan 2023-2028 be arranged.
RESOLVED- That the report be deferred.