The Highways Agency has commissioned a scoping study to identify possible technological solutions to the problem of tailgating (Transport Network).
The transport consultants Arup/URS will lead the study, with support from the not-for-profit group Road Safety Support (RSS). Intelligent transport solutions (ITS) equipment manufacturers will be invited to contribute their views to the study.
In a survey conducted earlier this year by Brake, 57% of the drivers interviewed admitted to tailgating on motorways. However, 95% of respondents also said they are “at least occasionally concerned about vehicles too close behind them”; and 44% said they are concerned “every, or most, times they drive on a motorway”.
Trevor Hall, managing director of RSS, said the study would investigate possible methods of enforcement against tailgating, test equipment that could be used to warn drivers, and advise on the need for any new legislation. He expected it to report by summer 2015, and be followed by invitations to tender for preferred solutions.
Gary Crockford, from the DfT, is quoted by Transport Network as saying there would need to be a ‘specific offence’ of tailgating.