NYC Vision Zero agencies have produced several videos to introduce the Vision Zero initiative to drivers and show how their choices behind the wheel can keep their passengers, themselves, and other road users safe. We encourage drivers and fleet operators to watch these videos as part of their responsibility to drive safely.
Numerous City of New York agencies are involved in the Vision Zero Action Plan, with initiatives aligned with the strengths of their respective agency. You can check on the progress of each initiative using the Vision Zero Scorecard.
Codifying fleet safety best practices and operationalizing the updated Safe Fleet Transition Plan are two major Vision Zero initiatives currently in progress. Read below for several policies in line with these initiatives.
New technology can be implemented to increase the safety of city streets. DCAS Fleet Management explores the use of safety technologies and their impact on preventing crashes and minimizing injury and loss of life.
The Safe Fleet Transition Plan (SFTP) outlines a series of safety investments that New York City is making in all fleet vehicles. It also lists other technologies that are being implemented in more targeted projects, or that are being assessed or tested. DCAS Fleet Management is working with the NYC Business Integrity Commission (BIC) to explore how technologies can be adopted in private fleets regulated by BIC. DCAS Fleet Management encourages fleets and vehicle manufacturers everywhere to adopt appropriate safety technologies as standard in their vehicles.
Truck side-guards are large covers that prevent pedestrians and other vulnerable road users from falling into the space between the front and rear wheels of a truck. NYC local law now requires eligible vehicles in the City fleet, certain private fleets in NYC, and certain City contractor fleets to be equipped with side-guards. Prior to enactment of the local law, DCAS Fleet Management launched the largest truck side-guard pilot project in North America, using research by the US DOT Volpe Center. Other cities in North America have also launched pilot projects. There is federal legislation under consideration to mandate similar underride guards that prevent cars and other road users from being crushed by large trucks in collisions.
DCAS and NYC DOT are proud to be carrying out a pilot project sponsored by the U.S. DOT to utilize connected vehicle technology in NYC vehicles and on our streets. The NYC Connected Vehicle Project supports the Vision Zero goal by providing driver alerts through vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and infrastructure-to-pedestrian communications.
About the Pilot Program:
More information about Vehicle 2 Vehicle Communication:
These reports are a summary of the progress of Vision Zero initiatives and plans for future initiatives are published in Vision Zero reports.
DCAS works with many entities outside of other City agencies to improve street safety. Here are some of our partners.
In 2014, DCAS and DOT hosted the first Vision Zero Fleet Forum at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Over 350 people participated. Sponsored by DCAS, the Vision Zero Fleet Safety Forum every year brings together people representing federal, state, and City agencies, as well as private fleets, equipment suppliers, non-profits, and universities, for the common goal of vehicle safety. Through the Vision Zero Fleet Safety Forum, New York City has reached across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to exchange best practices, promote vehicle safety technology, and educate fleet managers about Vision Zero.