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There were 460 accidents involving e-Scooters in 2020

There were 460 accidents involving e-Scooters in 2020

The Department for Transport recently released the first set of annual road casualty statistics for Great Britain which include the number of casualties from accidents involving e-Scooters. The main points of the e-Scooter factsheet were that: There were 460 accidents involving e-scooters. There were 484 casualties in accidents involving e-scooters, of these 384 were e-scooters users. Of the 484 casualties 1 was killed. The Department for Transport’s best estimate, after adjusting for changes in reporting by police, is that there were 128... Read full article

Cyclists and pedestrian to be given priority over cars at junctions and crossings

Cyclists and pedestrian to be given priority over cars at junctions and crossings

The Department for Transport have announced new planned changes to the Highway Code, which include a new priority shift to cyclists and pedestrians over vehicles at junctions and crossings.  These changes are part of the government’s new £338 million fund to boost cycling and walking and are intended to accommodate and maintain the increased levels of active travel. It is hoped that supporting alternative methods of travel will help people to make “sustainable travel choices” and make our “air cleaner and cities... Read full article

Local councils to receive power to issue fines for common traffic offences

Local councils to receive power to issue fines for common traffic offences

For the first time, English and Welsh local councils in areas outside of London and Cardiff will have the power to issue fines for common traffic offences, such as stopping in a yellow box junction or making an illegal turn.  Until now, this power has resided with the police – except for in London and Cardiff.  In 2020, an RAC freedom of information request found that authorities in London and Cardiff retrieved £58.2 million from drivers who had committed moving traffic offences in one year (2018/2019). Speaking at the Traffex... Read full article

The UK government expands its plug-in car, van and truck grant

 The UK government expands its plug-in car, van and truck grant

The Department for Transport (DfT) and Office for Zero Emission Vehicles has announced that as of March 18 2021, its grant scheme for electric cars, vans and trucks will “target less expensive models and reflect a greater range of affordable vehicles available”. In order to encourage more people to make the switch to electric, the improved scheme will extend grants of up to £2,500 for electric vehicles on cars priced under £35,000 as opposed to more expensive models “typically bought by drivers who can afford to switch without a... Read full article

Electric car ownership has increased by 50% in the last year

Electric car ownership has increased by 50% in the last year

As reported by The Times, the RAC has found that there were more than 300,000 new privately owned electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK at the end of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.  The RAC’s analysis of data by the Department for Transport (DfT) found that the number of privately owned EVs in the UK grew from 56,000 in 2019 to 86,000 in 2020. Despite the fact that there is now a total of 213,000 EVs in the UK, 86,000 of which are privately owned, the RAC has warned that this is still only a small percentage of the total 32 million cars in... Read full article

The Transport Committee is investigating the safety of Smart Motorways

The Transport Committee is investigating the safety of Smart Motorways

Earlier this year (2021) Transport Secretary Grant Schapps expressed his discontent with the expansion scheme for smart motorways to MPs and now The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry, investigating how safe they really are.  At the time, the Transport Secretary said, “What I commit to is making sure that the motorways we have in this country are safer than the motorways that came before them. That is the commitment I make. To be robust and clear from the evidence of, sadly, how many people die on our motorways, they are the safest form of... Read full article

Would you take £3,000 to take your car off the road?

Would you take £3,000 to take your car off the road?

Do you have a diesel car built before 2016 or petrol model built before 2006? If so, you could be paid up to £3,000 in ‘green travel credits’ if you surrender your vehicle. The scheme, which is targeting the worst polluting vehicles, will be trialled in Coventry beginning this spring (2021) for a two-year period and aims to lower levels of congestion and air pollution by reducing car dependency.  Motorists who participate in the trial, run by Coventry city council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, will be able to spend... Read full article

Department for Transport Figures Show Traffic Levels Are Back to Normal

Department for Transport Figures Show Traffic Levels Are Back to Normal

The Department for Transport (DfE) has released statistics covering the period between March 1 2020, to August 17 2020, which show that the amount of vehicles on the road in Great Britain roughly equate to what we would normally currently see at this time of year. According to the last update to this data, on August 17 2020 the amount of cars on the road stood at 88% of normal levels, while light commercial vehicles and heavy good vehicles were both at 100%. The percentages shown in the figures are ‘of an equivalent day or week’. The figures for... Read full article

Have You Heard About the Cycling Revolution?

Have You Heard About the Cycling Revolution?

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has launched the ‘government’s most ambitious plans yet to boost cycling and walking’, as announced by the Department for Transport on July 28 2020. The plans will be funded by a £2 billion government spend.  The launch will see ‘thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for any child or adult, and first ever zero-emission transport city’ as well as a new ‘Fix your bike’ voucher scheme. The vouchers will be available for all members of the public and... Read full article

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