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Learner drivers urged to get more night-time experience

The DVSA is encouraging learner drivers to take lessons in the dark, in a bid to cut the ‘high proportion’ of night-time collisions involving young drivers. Research shows that up to 100,000 candidates may be taking their driving test each year without having practised driving in the dark. This is despite the fact that 35% […]

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Global approval expected for 20mph limits

Ministers from around the world are set to send out a ‘clear and unambiguous message’ that the default speed limit on all residential roads should be 20mph. On 19-20 February, transport ministers from more than 100 countries will meet at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm. The ministers will agree on […]

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Your help needed with roads policing survey

Please spare a few minutes to complete a survey which will assist in understanding the degree to which police officers and staff engage in roads policing activity. These questions are about finding out who is involved, how they work and what they do during their working time. This is your chance to directly contribute to the […]

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Distractions campaign launched for young road users

The THINK! team has launched a new campaign to tackle ‘driving distractions’ caused by young men travelling as passengers in a car driven by one of their peers.  The three THINK! ‘Party Car’ films show how distracting these behaviours – which may seem minor – can be to the driver. The campaign encourages young male […]

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Report highlights principles for improving road safety

On the second UNESCO International Day of Education, a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE highlights 17 key principles for delivering effective road safety education in Europe. Education is an essential part of the “Safe System approach” to road safety. European countries […]

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Figures reveal high fatality rate for motorcyclists

Analysis of DfT casualty statistics shows motorcyclists are 66 times more likely than car drivers to be killed on UK roads. The analysis found that in 2018, the fatality rate per billion passenger miles for motorcyclists was 119.7 – compared to 1.8 for car drivers. Pedestrians were the second-most vulnerable road users, with a fatality rate […]

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Campaign urges respect for school crossing patrols

A new campaign is seeking to combat the rising levels of abuse and aggression faced by school crossing patrols in Buckinghamshire. ‘Respect Me’ has been launched by Buckinghamshire County Council on the back of an increase in the number of incidents reported in 2019. In December alone, 12 cases were recorded – including drivers refusing […]

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Scottish festive drink drug check results ‘extremely disappointing’

Approximately one in 15 drivers stopped by Police Scotland over the festive period tested positive for alcohol or drugs. The force’s festive drink and drug drive campaign ran between 1 December and 2 January and saw officers breathalyse 8,687 drivers at the roadside. In total, 580 people were arrested for drink (395) or drug (185) […]

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28-month prison sentence for serial driving theory test impersonator

A Coventry man has been sent to prison for 2 years and 4 months for trying to sit theory driving tests for other people at 12 locations across England. Swallaxadin Abdul Bashir, 42, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday (8 January) for his 12 offences, which took place from October 2018 to August […]

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