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UK exceeds 20,000 EV charging points

The number of electric vehicle charging points available publicly in the UK rose by a quarter in 2020 – although the Government concedes an ‘uneven geographical distribution’ still exists. The figures, published earlier this month, show as of 4 January 2021 there were 20,775 electric vehicle charging devices in the UK. This figure is 7% […]

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Drivers needed for university research project

Loughborough University is looking for car drivers to test the next generation of motoring technology – as part of a European road safety project. The i-DREAMS consortium has developed technology which monitors driving style and the surrounding environment to determine if a driver is ‘within acceptable boundaries of safe operation for the current conditions’. The […]

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Better understanding of distraction risks needed – TRL

TRL is calling for further research into distracted driving to address fundamental flaws in existing legislation. This comes off the back of promising news that the Department for Transport (DfT) are looking to close a technical gap in the current mobile phone law whereby interactive communication functions are covered but standalone functions are not. The […]

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Drink-drive deaths climb to 10-year high

Provisional estimates suggest the number of drink-drive related deaths in Great Britain rose to a 10-year high in 2019. The figures show between 240 and 320 people were killed in collisions where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit – leading the DfT to produce a central estimate of 280 deaths. The provisional […]

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RAC calls dashcams ‘a game changer’ in enforcement

Nearly 90 dashcam video recordings of alleged motoring offences were submitted to police forces every day in 2019, according to data analysed by the RAC. A total of 32,370 pieces of footage were received in 2019 by the 24 police forces that accept video evidence of driving offences from members of the public, double the […]

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Police forces begin mobile phone crackdown today

Police forces across the UK will be stepping up efforts to deter drivers from using a mobile phone in the coming weeks, as part of a nationwide campaign. The campaign is being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) – and runs from today (8 February) to 21 February. This year’s campaign is particularly […]

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Dave Jones appointed to permanent role as COO at UKROEd  

UKROEd has appointed Dave Jones to the permanent role of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Dave has served as interim Chief Operating Officer since the beginning of 2020. He will continue to support Chief Executive Officer Ruth Purdie OBE as well as leading the day-to-day operational and administrative functions of the business. UKROEd Chair Suzette […]

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‘Be the mate who won’t speed’, young drivers urged

A new THINK! campaign urges young drivers on essential journeys to ‘be the mate who won’t speed’ to keep themselves and others safe on the road, and help reduce pressure on the NHS. The new campaign, which is part of the THINK! Mates Matter strategy, will use social media assets, influencers and a partnership with […]

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How will the future UK-EU relationship impact road safety?

The transition period is over and a deal has been done. What will the implications be for road safety regulation and cooperation now that the UK has left the EU and a new trade deal has been signed? The biggest changes are where no agreement was reached and/or EU rules no longer apply to the […]

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Government urged to review drink drive approach

A new report is urging the Government to carry out a ‘major’ review into drink driving, after concluding the current system is ‘no longer adequate’. The report, published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), says while drink driving is often cited as a road safety success, progress has in fact “ground to […]

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