Only 2% of illegal instructor complaints resulted in conviction

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Just 2% of complaints made about illegal driving instructors have resulted in a conviction over the last five years. The data, obtained by Hippo Leasing via a freedom of information request to DVSA, reveals 961 complaints about unqualified instructors taking … Continue reading

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Roadworks lifted for bank holiday weekend

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More than 480 miles of roadworks will be lifted or completed on motorways and major A-roads to help people have smoother journeys over the August bank holiday. Highways England will remove the roadworks by early Friday morning (23 August) to … Continue reading

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Stop drivers using hands-free mobiles, say MPs

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A ban on drivers using hands-free mobile phones should be considered, a report published by the Commons Transport Select Committee has said. Current laws only ban the use of devices being held by drivers. This gives the “misleading impression” that … Continue reading

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Transport Committee calls for tougher restrictions on mobile phone use whilst driving

News from Brake Tuesday, 13 August 2019   MPs have called on the Government to consider tougher restrictions on driving while using a mobile phone and stricter enforcement of the law to prevent the ‘entirely avoidable’ tragedy of deaths and … Continue reading

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Government doubles funding for on-street electric car charging

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The government has announced an additional £2.5 million to fund the installation of over 1,000 new electric car chargepoints. The funding will support the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, launched in 2017, which helps people access charging infrastructure near their homes … Continue reading

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New road surface using old tyres is trialled

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A new road surface using recycled tyres is being trialled on the M1 motorway by Highways England. A section of road between junctions 23 and 22 on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near Leicester has been laid with the … Continue reading

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Close penalty point loophole for learner drivers, say road safety charity

News from BrakeWednesday 7 August 2019   The data, obtained by Brake under a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, revealed that, as of April 2019, 66,575 learner drivers held endorsements on their licence. Of these, 42,883 held six … Continue reading

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DVSA launches learner driver app

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DVSA has launched the PaceNotes app to provide learners with a tool that encourages them to spend more time learning to drive. PaceNotes tracks and shows the amount of time a learner has spent driving on different road types and … Continue reading

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Millions of drivers caused collisions when on the phone

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More than 2.7 million drivers have had a collision or veered off the road in the last two years because they were distracted by their mobile phone. A new study for Kwik Fit found that of these drivers, just over … Continue reading

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Moray MP wins national road safety award

News from Brake news@brake.org.uk Thursday 1 August 2019   Douglas Ross, MP for Moray, has today been named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the month for July by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Mr … Continue reading

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