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CYCLOPS junction wins award for Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council have been named winners of a new award presented by Brake, in collaboration with Road Safety GB. Brake’s inaugural Vision Zero Leaders Awards recognise achievement in three categories: Local Roads Innovation, Community Campaign Achievement, and Youth Leadership. Brake says the new awards ‘celebrate the hidden champions leading […]

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PACTS calls for ‘fresh look at road danger’

The Government is being urged to adopt a new style of casualty analysis which highlights the road users that most put others’ lives at risk, and those who rarely kill others. The report, published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), says DfT data ‘can tie even the most seasoned road safety professional […]

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More – not less – training needed for semi-autonomous vehicles

A new study says that behavioural training for drivers is paramount for the transition into the next stage of automated vehicles, known as level 3 automation. Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the RAC Foundation studied two groups of ‘experienced drivers’ in a high-fidelity driving simulator to observe their behaviour while driving a car […]

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Council looks for new speed powers

A radical rule change could see speeding drivers ignoring 20mph limits fined by council workers. Reading Borough Council is pushing the government to allow it to take over powers from police to clamp down on drivers exceeding the speed limit, making illegal right-hand turns, obstructing yellow box junctions and driving the wrong way up one-way […]

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Scotland road casualties at record low

New figures show that the number of casualties on Scotland’s roads fell to a record low in 2019 – despite a small rise in fatalities. Finalised figures for 2019, published on 28 October, show there were 165 road deaths – up from 161 in 2018. Despite the 2% increase, the Scottish Government says the number […]

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Road Safety Trust announces 2021 programme of funding

The Road Safety Trust has confirmed its 2021 Main Theme Programme will provide grants for projects that explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety. The Road Safety Trust is the largest road safety grant giver in the UK – having awarded £3.7m to 49 different projects since 2014. The Trust’s 2020 […]

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‘Serious safety concerns’ expressed over’ALKS’ introduction

The Government has been urged to revise plans to permit the use of Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) because the technology will ‘put lives at risk’. In August, the Government launched a call for evidence into use of ALKS – an automated system that is capable of taking control of a vehicle travelling at low […]

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Week-long crackdown on uninsured drivers

All 43 UK police forces are this week engaging in a national effort to help reduce uninsured driving levels. ‘Operation Drive Insured’ is a week-long campaign developed by MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) in partnership with the National Roads Policing Operations, Intelligence and Investigation (NRPOII) committee. Throughout this week (26 Oct – 1 Nov), increased roads […]

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Government ‘not taking forward’ work on GDL

The Government has once again distanced itself from the introduction of graduated driver licensing. GDL is a scheme which places restrictions on new drivers, such as not being able to drive at night – or not driving with passengers under a certain age in the car. Its introduction has long been debated by the Government, […]

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Insurers warn against self-driving cars on motorways

Plans for cars to drive themselves on UK motorways as soon as 2021 are unlikely to go ahead after insurers warned government proposals were risking lives and “hugely wrong”, according to The Guardian. Cars with the technology to keep in lane, accelerate and brake automatically will be on the road next year, and ministers had […]

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