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What do you think of the current driving for work guidance?

What do you think of the current driving for work guidance?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Department for Transport (DfT) are calling on fleet decision-makers to give feedback about how the current driving for work guidance can be improved. A recent study found a lack of attention to work-related road safety by policy makers in the van, company car and grey fleet sector, with one in three of UK road fatalities occurring in driving for work collisions.  In 2018, 520 people died in driving for work collisions, 83% (432) of whom were road users not driving for work. This is compared... Read full article

UK welcomes green number plates

UK welcomes green number plates

Green number plates can now be legally used for purely electric vehicles in the UK, a rule which came into effect on December 8 2020. The design for these new number plates was approved by ministers in June 2020 as part of the UK government’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.  Following the conclusion of a consultation by the UK government which invited comments from the public, local authorities and industry stakeholders from relevant sectors, the new plates have been introduced in the hope of making it easier for people to... Read full article

UK government lays out plans for safe travel during Christmas

UK government lays out plans for safe travel during Christmas

On December 3 2020, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps outlined comprehensive Christmas Travel Measures to help people travel safely over the Christmas period between December 23 and December 27 2020.  These plans include the clearing of 288 miles of maintenance works and 778 miles of roadworks on motorways and A-roads.  The speed limit for roads on which essential roadworks must continue, such as the M6 and the M1, will be set at 60mph where possible. 70% of local authorities have confirmed to ministers that they... Read full article

Police urged to step-up speed camera enforcement

Police urged to step-up speed camera enforcement

Road Safety Support’s Raising the Game report, highlights the need for, and strategy to up the game of speed camera enforcement by UK police forces.  The report states that “there were 1,793 reported road deaths in 2017, similar to the level seen since 2012. There were 39% fewer fatalities in 2017 compared with 2007.” According to the Department for Transport (DfT)’s 2019 annual report for road casualties in Great Britain, there were 1,721 reported road deaths and 25,945 serious injuries in... Read full article

The DfT Plans to Tackle ‘Antisocial Pavement Parking’

The DfT Plans to Tackle ‘Antisocial Pavement Parking’

The Department for Transport announced on August 31 2020 their plans to tackle the issue of antisocial pavement parking in the UK. Parking on pavements is common practice, but the consequences of antisocial parking are rarely considered. A review conducted by the DfT found that ‘a third of people with visual impairments and almost half of wheelchair users were not as willing to go out because of antisocial pavement parking”. Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said, “Parking on pavements means wheelchair users, visually impaired people and parents... Read full article

Half of Drivers Exceed 30mph Speed Limits

Half of Drivers Exceed 30mph Speed Limits

The Department for Transport (DfT) has updated its Vehicle Speed Compliance Statistics (SPE) to include data from 2019.  The DfT updated a series of reports relating to speed compliance in Great Britain, the broadest of which is the SPE0112 report, of which the findings are cause for concern. It showed that 54% of car drivers were exceeding 30mph speed limits in 2019, a fifth of whom were recorded at speeds over 35mph. Worse still, 6% of these offenders were caught at 40mph or more.  A further 50% of drivers were recorded exceeding the limit... Read full article

Government Data Shows More Than 23 Drink-Driving Casualties a Day

Government Data Shows More Than 23 Drink-Driving Casualties a Day

Road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, is calling for the UK government action over the staggering number of reported deaths relating to drink-driving.  The Department for Transport last updated the ‘Reported drinking and driving (RAS51)' statistical data set for Great Britain on August 27 2020, to reveal that there were 8,680 drink-driving related casualties in 2018. This equates to more than 23 people suffering injury or death as a consequence of drink-driving every day. Of these casualties, there were 260 fatalities.  Drink-drive... Read full article

Would You Drive Hands Free?

Would You Drive Hands Free?

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced that “The UK is taking steps forward in automated technology in vehicles with the launch of a call for evidence” on August 18 2020.   The DfT said that the call for evidence will look at the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) and will offer anyone with knowledge or concerns surrounding ALKS “opportunity to help shape future policy’. So, what are Automated Lane Keeping Systems? ALK are used to keep vehicles within the lane and steer without any... Read full article

DfT set policies on autonomous vehicles

DfT set policies on autonomous vehicles

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed it will use public sector fleets as a test to lead future policy to address insurance liability concerns surrounding autonomous vehicles. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) have met with the DfT to discuss the vehicle technology and aviation bill 2016/17. Patrick Cusworth, BVRLA senior policy advisor, said: “We went through the bill and the DfT has confirmed to us it only applies to the public sector at this point. At the moment, there is no great change for the private sector as this will... Read full article

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