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Drivers to be banned from holding phones under tightened rules

It will soon be illegal for anyone to pick up and use a mobile phone while driving, under revised legislation due to be introduced next year. The change will end a loophole in the law that currently allows drivers to escape punishment for using a hand-held phone to take a photo or play a game. […]

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FirstCar launches new app for learners

FirstCar has launched a new app to help learner drivers pass their practical test at the first time of asking by avoiding easily preventable mistakes. Driving Test Wiz is available on both Apple and Android devices – and costs £4.99. The app contains a series of ten videos which highlight the reasons why practical tests […]

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Stay alert, but don’t veer for deer, warns safety group

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to take extra care in areas where deer are common. The rutting (or breeding) season means deer are more mobile than usual, bringing them onto roads and increasing the risk of collisions. GEM chief executive Neil Worth says: “We encourage drivers to be extra observant, but […]

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New assisted driver safety grading system launched

A new grading system has been launched to help drivers better understand autonomous emergency driving and other assisted driving features on modern cars. The ‘first-of-its-kind’ system has been launched by Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP in response to the “dangerous misconception” that motorists can purchase a self-driving car today. A grading of very good, good, […]

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DfT confirms 2019 casualty statistics

Evidence points towards Britain being in a period when the numbers of road fatalities are ‘broadly stable’, the Government has conceded. The final estimates for 2019, published by the DfT on 30 September, show 1,752 people were killed on roads in Great Britain last year – down from the 1,784 reported in 2018.  However, the […]

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Need for ‘fundamental shift’ in attitudes towards speeding: IAM

IAM RoadSmart has renewed its call for speeding to become as socially unacceptable as drink and drug driving. The road safety charity has published ‘worrying new analysis’ that indicates excessive speed is considered acceptable on the motorway and on residential roads by many drivers. The survey found that more than one-in-10 motorists (14%) admit to […]

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