Tag Archives: road safety

Drivers warned of wintry conditions

Motorists are being warned to expect the first wintry weather conditions of the season, with snow and gale-force winds making driving hazardous. The Met Office say a cold snap of snow, sleet and rain will hit large parts of the country this weekend. They have urged motorists to be prepare for ‘difficult’ road conditions as well as possible delays. Drivers […]

Support Road Safety Week

Road Safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering suggestions for drivers to support Road Safety Week (starting Monday 23 November), and to do their bit to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the UK’s roads. GEM chief executive David Williams MBE puts the safety picture into perspective. ‘Every day around five people are killed on our roads, while […]

‘Speed cameras are cash generators’

An overwhelming number of motorists believe that speed cameras are currently being used as cash generators and not as safety cameras. In a poll undertaken by www.motoring.co.uk, 88 per cent of the respondents believe that speed cameras are used by police forces to generate income. This poll comes as a response to the comments raised by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, […]

Severe weather warnings issued

The MET office has issued severe weather warnings across the UK and motorists can expect strong winds and further flooding as heavy rain continues to fall. North and West Yorkshire have been hit by localised flooding, with some roads completely submerged. Northumberland has also been affected, while three people were taken to hospital for checks after a taxi overturned in […]

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 […]

New proposals for driving test

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched proposals to improve the driving test as part of a wide ranging review of motoring services in Great Britain. Only 21% of driving tests result in a first time pass. The majority of tests are repeat examinations. Under the new proposals the driving test fee would be reduced by requiring learner drivers to […]

Euro NCAP tests AEB

European safety organisation Euro NCAP is introducing a new test that will check how well vehicles autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians. With new vehicles offering more autonomous driver assist systems, Euro NCAP’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Pedestrian tests will make it simpler for consumers and manufacturers to find out which systems work best. Euro NCAP secretary general, Dr […]

GEM offers winter safety advice

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering simple tips for drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys this winter. Giving some attention now to batteries, tyres, anti-freeze, wipers, lights and other car essentials is the best way of ensuring reliability in the months to come. GEM chief executive David Williams MBE commented, ‘The last thing anyone needs is to break down on […]

Technology bigger threat than drink driving

Motorists are now more worried about the dangers of distraction posed by technology and social media than drink-driving, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s (IAM) first major survey into safety culture. The Safety Culture Index report was launched today by the IAM, and is a study of more than 2,000 UK motorists’ attitudes to driving safety and behaviour on […]

Not enough officers to police roads

Senior police officers admitted that drivers are routinely getting away with using mobile phones at the wheel because police forces do not have enough staff to stop them. Two forces told MPs that cuts to the number of officers on road patrol mean the risk of getting caught for traffic offences is ‘probably less than it used to be’. The […]

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