NYC’s Vision Zero 6 Year Report
Together for Safer Roads’ Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety The Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety is a program started by Together for Safer Roads (TSR), a Vision Zero partner. New York City is one of the Council champions and founding members along with TSR member companies. The Council will strive to identify small- and medium-sized fleets in both the private and public sector that want to operate their fleets more safely, going beyond basic compliance requirements and delivering useful standards in technology, training, and management in a cost-effective and impactful way. Small fleets in particular rarely have a dedicated fleet safety officer; often these are split duties for owners, operation directors, and others. Small fleets also typically have limited funding for fleet safety programs, training, or systems.
The Council will focus on companies that operate vehicles over class 2 (any vehicle with a gross weight of over 6,000 pounds), including work trucks, box trucks, rack trucks, school buses, and waste trucks. The program will include three core pillars: technology solutions, professional development, and organizational change. It is set to launch with 10-20 fleets in the New York City area in Spring 2020. The City is aiding this program by identifying interested fleets, convening meetings, creating content, and providing information about best practices. DCAS is also working as part of the Council to plan Vision Zero Fleet Safety Forums in other cities, as has been done in New York City for the last six years.
In addition, TSR joined with the Vision Zero Task Force to hold a workshop, Digitizing Vision Zero, at the Vision Zero Fleet Safety Forum in October 2019. Framed by the large proportion of cyclist deaths in 2019 that involved trucks, public and private sector managers discussed data resources, analysis needs, and potential technological solutions. Together, TSR and the Task Force will continue to develop pilot projects to reduce conflicts between cyclists and large truck operators.