Tag Archives: department of transport

All speed cameras to be yellow

Every working speed camera on the strategic road network will be yellow within a year, the government has announced. Ministers ordered a review of speed camera policy on motorways earlier this year and Highways England has today confirmed their plan to increase the visibility of all speed cameras on the network. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said, ‘We are on the […]

Mobile phone prosecutions drop drastically

Fewer motorists are being prosecuted for using their mobile phone while driving than ever before, according to official figures seen by the RAC – with prosecutions down by 47% between 2009 and 2014. The fall comes despite figures from the Department for Transport showing a persistent number of drivers are still using their phone at the wheel – highlighting a worrying mismatch […]

Abolition of VIC check scheme

The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme that is required before repaired write-offs are allowed back on the road is to be abolished from 26 October 2015. Discarding VIC has the following implications for vehicle owners: From 26 October 2015 a new simpler process that will not require a VIC where the insurer has categorised the vehicle as suitable for repair. […]

Details of £2billion roads plan

Highways England is meeting with suppliers and stakeholders today (29 September 2015) and on Thursday (1 October 2015) to set out how more than £2 billion of government investment to improve the capacity and condition of roads across the East of England will be delivered. The investment will see improvements and repairs taking place between now and 2021, giving road […]

Roadworks should be limited

The length of roadworks on motorways and A-roads in England should be shortened to reduce drivers’ frustrations, ministers have urged. Contractors are being asked to limit lane closures, with one report suggesting they should only be between two and five miles long. Highways England, which manages the roads, is looking at the request to shorten roadworks. The Department for Transport […]

Safety warnings over sat navs

Road safety campaigners have warned about the dangers of drivers being over dependent on satellite navigation technology, after the number of drivers using the devices overtook those who do not for the first time. Motorists who choose to get by without a sat nav are now in the minority, the Department for Transport’s National Travel Survey showed. Traditional map-reading skills are becoming […]

Government pledge to tackle road signs

The Government have pledged to remove unnecessary traffic signs and restore common sense to road safety. Ministers warned that useless signs waste money and put drivers in danger. In a document issued by the Department for Transport, proposals have been made that some temporary signs are given a remove-by date, but helpful signs are to be made clearly visible on […]

Major cause of accidents identified

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has identified that once again ‘failure to look properly’ is the most common contributory factor included in over 30,000 vehicle accidents a year, following a Freedom of Information request to the Department for Transport. Police can record up to six contributory factors from a list of 77 for each incident to explain why they […]

Radical change needed to lower road deaths

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is extremely concerned at the alarming increase in road deaths in Britain, following the publication of the latest accident statistics from the Department for Transport today. Figures released this morning show that overall casualties have risen for the first time in 18 years. The IAM urges the government to take radical steps to reverse […]