Smart Motorways – “not so smart” – says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told the Parliamentary Transport Committee that radar technology capable of detecting a broken down car in just 20 seconds wil be installed on all smart motorways that do not have a hard shoulder, by next year.   To improve safety,  more regular lay-bys would also be installed, and drivers who […]

Death toll on smart motorways hits new record

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From Sunday Times article February 21st 2021 A delayed report by the Department of Transport reveals an increase in the number of deaths related to smart motorways. There were 14 fatalities in 2019 on motorways where hard shoulders operate as full-time or part- time traffic lanes, according to data collected by the DfT but not […]

Smart Motorways: Highways England referred to CPS over M1 death

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From BBC Sheffield & South Yorkshire  12th February 2021  Highways England should be investigated over possible manslaughter charges after a woman’s death on a smart motorway, a coroner has said. A week after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps described smart motorways as “not so smart”,   a coroner has stated that Highways England should be referred to […]

Do You Know the Drivers’ Hours Rules for Your Van Drivers?

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Van Drivers Must Follow HGV  Drivers’ Hours Rules  to Avoid a Possible £300 Fine    Many van drivers do not realise that they are subject to the same working hours and rest periods as HGV drivers.   Exceeding the UK daily driving hours limit could result in a £300 fine. Failing to take breaks and exceeding the […]

Highways England cameras catch 10,000 tailgaters in two weeks

  Highways England Press Release – Almost 10,000 vehicles were caught tailgating in the first two weeks of new cameras being tested to clamp down on the offence. Highways England and police have joined forces to tackle the offence which is a factor in around one in eight casualties on England’s motorways and major A […]

Five people per day still dying on UK roads. But the trend is down

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There were 1,752 reported road deaths in 2019, similar to the level seen since 2012, which follows a period of substantial reduction in fatalities from 2006 to 2010. The figures were reported in the government’s reported road casualties annual report for 2019   There were 25,945 serious injuries in road traffic accidents reported to the […]

Tyres over 10 years old on heavy vehicles to be banned from February 2021

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  Earlier this year, the Government announced that tyres aged over 10 years will be banned on the front axles of lorries, buses, coaches and all single wheels of minibuses (9 to 16 passenger seats). The legislation takes effect on 1 February 2021. We will be enforcing the legislation at roadside checks along with the […]

Driver Training Not Being Taken Seriously – 2

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Paul Beresford from Defensive Driver Training looks at the recent alarming estimate that only 41% of company drivers have received any formal driver training.   First posted in October 2015   Although the insurance companies became involved in driver training in the 90s, there were a series of other incidents that took place that also […]

Defensive Driver Training | Shocking Figures On Untrained Fleet Drivers

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  There is no doubt that the recession and continuing economic climate have made companies look at their training budgets as an easy cost to cut.   Training budgets are always the first to go in any crack down on costs because there is no immediate visible or quantifiable impact on company or individual’s performance. […]