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MOT extension data shows cause for concern

The Government is being urged to do more to persuade drivers to book an MOT immediately in the interests of road safety and fears testing stations could become overwhelmed. Vehicles were granted the six-month exemption from the MOT test in March, when the lockdown was introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus. That exemption ended […]

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MPs to discuss graduated driver licensing

Graduated driver licensing will again be discussed by MPs next month, as part of an inquiry into young and novice driver safety. 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 […]

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New survey highlights importance of checks for truck drivers

According to a new survey, 39.3% of HGV drivers carry out no walkaround vehicle checks. Furthermore, 15.8% stated that they rarely complete checks. The survey compiled feedback from more than 500 UK and Ireland-based drivers. As a vital method of monitoring vehicle condition, only 29.4% of drivers claimed to always carry out checks, while 15.5% “usually […]

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New online motorcycle training to improve road safety

A free online training course has been launched for moped and motorcycle riders to complete before taking their CBT course. Ridefree has been developed on the back of an award-winning project to help the Government look at how to deliver motorcycle training. The project, carried out by the DVSA, Highways England and other partners including […]

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DfT reports 1,748 road deaths in 2019

The Government has conceded Britain is in a period when road fatality numbers are stable, despite publishing figures showing a 2% fall in 2019. The provisional estimates for 2019, published by the DfT on 30 July, show 1,748 people were killed on roads in Great Britain last year – down from the 1,784 reported in […]

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Government‌‌ ‌to‌ ‌ban‌ ‌old‌ ‌tyres‌ ‌on‌ ‌larger‌ ‌vehicles‌ ‌

The Government has announced that larger vehicles – including lorries and buses – are to be banned from using older tyres, in a bid to improve road safety. The ban follows research, commissioned by the DfT in 2019, which indicates ageing tyres suffer corrosion that could in turn cause them to fail. Announced on 15 […]

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Don’t risk lives with free trade deals, warns road safety group

The UK must not bow to pressure to accept lower vehicle safety standards as it negotiates Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the United States and Australia, according to a prominent road safety steering group. Larger, heavier vehicles with inferior crash protection fall well below the permitted standards in the UK, and present a greater danger […]

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Rules for e-scooters set out as UK’s first trial begins

As the UK’s first trial of electric scooters gets underway in Middlesbrough, the Government has confirmed riders can be prosecuted for careless and dangerous driving offences, as well as under drink and drug driving laws. Regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters on UK roads came into force on 4 July. The first trial has gone […]

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Report highlights lockdown road safety concerns

A new report is calling for further research to understand why the number of road deaths across Europe has not declined by the same degree as traffic volume. The report, published by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), reveals EU member states recorded a 36% drop in road deaths in April 2020 – compared to […]

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JULY 2020 Due to the current coronavirus situation, all physical classroom courses remain cancelled/closed and have been replaced by Online/Virtual Classroom Courses. If you had already booked and paid for a course, we are now offering virtual courses as an alternative. If your original course provider has not yet offered you a virtual course, please […]

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