Monthly Archives: January 2018

Road safety group calls for overhaul of driver eyesight testing

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Road safety group, GEM Motoring Assist, have said that a more robust system with better regulation of eyesight tests for drivers would improve road safety in the UK and cut collisions caused by defective vision. GEM road safety officer, Neil … Continue reading

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Big changes to MOT laws make it more difficult for some cars to pass

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A series of alterations will be made to the annual MOT test from May, it has been announced. The test will group faults into three new categories (Dangerous, Major and Minor), and will alter the requirements made of diesel vehicles. … Continue reading

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Pothole-related breakdowns surge by 11 per cent

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The number of drivers breaking down due to pothole impacts rose by 11 per cent in the final quarter of 2017, new data has revealed. A total of 2,830 breakdowns attended by the RAC in October, November and December last … Continue reading

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Blue badge scheme could be extended to cover ‘hidden disabilities’

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The Department for Transport has revealed plans to extend eligibility for blue badge parking permits in England, to cover people with hidden disabilities such as dementia and autism. Blue badge parking permits give people with disabilities priority access to parking … Continue reading

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More emergency lay-bys to be installed on smart motorways

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The frequency of motorway refuge areas – dedicated lay-bys for broken down vehicles to use on motorways with no hard shoulder – will be increased, it has been announced. Highways England, the Government-owned company responsible for running the country’s motorways … Continue reading

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A great opportunity to join the DIA!

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DIA have just announced they have an opening for an ADI to join their small team in Crawley as Training Assistant. DIA is the UK’s largest professional association for driver and rider trainers, and the leading provider of training events … Continue reading

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DVSA survey: national standards for driving and riding

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The DVSA need your help to improve how easy it is to find and use the national standards for driving and riding. You just need to fill in a short survey – it takes around 5 minutes to do. The … Continue reading

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Brake comments on week-long police crackdown on phone use whilst driving

News from Brake Monday, 22 January 2018 news@brake.org.uk   Starting on Monday 22 January, police forces across England and Wales are engaged in a week-long national operation, cracking down on drivers using their phones behind the wheel.   Commenting on … Continue reading

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Government scraps new MOT plans

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Ministers say they have “put road safety first” as the government decides to maintain the period before a car’s first MOT test at three years. This comes after the Department for Transport’s (DfT) consulted with the public last year, to … Continue reading

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Government review cycle safety

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Back in September, Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced an urgent review into cycle safety, following a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists. The review will look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous … Continue reading

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