Monthly Archives: January 2019

Smart motorways not smart for safety, warn police

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Police have expressed concern over smart motorways, saying they will make it more difficult to catch dangerous drivers. Senior officers have warned that the lack of an emergency lane will mean it is impossible to pull over problem drivers. David … Continue reading

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Sharp increase in vehicle theft

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One vehicle was stolen every five minutes in 2018. Official data released by the Home Office shows the number of thefts has nearly doubled over the last five years, with almost 120,000 vehicles reported stolen last year. This news comes … Continue reading

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Hundreds of UK’s best-selling cars at risk of ‘keyless thefts’

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New research claims hundreds of popular cars are susceptible to keyless theft. Consumer group Which? found four of the five best-selling models in the UK, the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Qashqai, were all at risk. A … Continue reading

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Public support grows for mandatory re-testing

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Public support for regular mandatory driver re-testing has increased following the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent car crash, new research shows. Drivers are backing a change in the law, which would force every motorist to retake their test, either at set … Continue reading

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Should driving be taught in schools?

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Almost half of under-25s think that driving should be taught in schools according to a recent study of over 1,000 motorists. The study, conducted by Young Driver, found that 44% of under-25s thought that driving lessons should be added to … Continue reading

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Drivers could be charged to park at work

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A number of councils across the UK are planning to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). This could see people that drive to work charged up to £1,000 a year to park. The Workplace Parking Levy is levied on employers … Continue reading

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How old is too old?

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The Duke of Edinburgh made headlines after being involved in a crash near the Queen’s Sandringham estate where he was behind the wheel. The incident has since sparked discussions over Prince Philip continuing to drive at the age of 97. … Continue reading

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One in four don’t think about car crime

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One in four don’t think about car crime, according to a new poll of AA members. This is despite police figures for 2017 which state there were 280,313 recorded offences of theft from vehicles (13% more than 2016), and 103,644 … Continue reading

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Rules change for driving in Europe

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From 28 March 2019, drivers from the UK will need extra documentation to drive in the EU and EEA. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK drivers may also need an international driving permit … Continue reading

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Brake responds to new drug-driving law in Scotland

News from Brake Tuesday 15 January News@brake.org.uk   Scotland’s road safety laws will be strengthened by the introduction of drug-driving limits and roadside testing on 21 October this year, the Scottish Government has announced.   Scotland will introduce a zero-tolerance … Continue reading

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