Road safety news in brief: 23-27 November
- A recap of the road safety news in brief for the week commencing 23 November.
FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER
27 Nov: 10.00
Boardman warns against 'stop-start investment' in cycling
British Cycling’s policy adviser, Chris Boardman, has urged the government to learn from the mistakes of previous ‘stop-start investment’ in cycling after the Department for Transport’s budget was confirmed this week.
THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER
26 Nov: 15.00
Pothole fund is "drop in the ocean" - RAC
A new central fund to tackle the nation's pothole problem has been called "a drop in the ocean" by the RAC.
26 Nov: 12.45
Goodyear & LSE to host driver behaviour webinar
Led by Dr. Chris Tennant from the London School of Economics, this webinar (3 Dec, 10-11am) will look at the 'ripple effect' of driver behaviours on the road, the risks to road safety caused by this phenomenon and what measures can be taken.
26 Nov: 12.00
Number of untaxed vehicles doubles following abolition of tax disc
The number of vehicles without road tax doubled to 560,000 this summer after the paper tax disc was abolished in October 2014 (BBC News).
26 Nov: 11.00
Why don't more people car-share to work?
A BBC survey has found that seven out of 10 people have never shared a vehicle for their commute and explores the reasons behind this.
26 Nov: 09.45
Think before you accept a lift home from a party - GEM
As the Christmas party period approaches, road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering advice to young people concerned about accepting lifts from a 'potentially risky' driver.
WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER
25 Nov: 16.00
Survey reveals 'morning after' alcohol problem
Almost a quarter of drivers admit to getting behind the wheel knowing they are likely to still be over the alcohol limit from drinking the night before, a new survey to mark National Road Safety Week (23-29 Nov) has found.
25 Nov: 11.45
Amey invests £1m to protect cyclists
Public and regulated services provider, Amey, is investing almost £1m in fleet technology that has the potential to save lives by making its drivers more aware of cyclists and pedestrians.
25 Nov: 09.45
#SaveKidsLives reaches a million signatures
The #SaveKidsLives campaign, which calls for action to protect children on the world’s roads, has reached one million supporters.
TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER
24 Nov: 15.30
Proposals to deliver safer streets in South London areas
Major changes to Vauxhall and Wandsworth Town Centre have been proposed by TfL as part of plans to encourage investment in the areas and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
24 Nov: 13.30
WJ receives prestigious Health & Safety Award
For the second consecutive year, road marking specialist WJ has collected the prestigious Health & Safety Award at the RSMA annual conference and gala dinner, recently held at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire.
24 Nov: 12.00
Volvo Cars to develop next generation automotive technologies with Microsoft
Volvo Cars will work together with Microsoft to jointly develop next generation vehicles, which could include autonomous driving technologies.
MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER
23 Nov: 14.30
Finnish fines hike brings reduction in offences
Doubling summary penal fees has improved traffic behaviour, according to police in Finland.
23 Nov: 13.00
IAM launches winter road safety drive
As the days shorten and weather conditions worsen, the IAM has launched its #wheelsinwinter campaign to support motorists in driving safely this winter.
23 Nov: 12:00
Welsh motorcyclists achieve RoSPA gold
12 motorcyclists from South West Wales ROADAR have recently achieved Gold standard passes for the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle test – the highest civilian qualification of its kind obtainable in Europe.
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