A recap of the road safety news in brief from the week commencing 11 January:
FRIDAY 15 JANUARY
15 Jan: 14.15
Pothole callouts rise by a quarter – RAC
Drivers are suffering more at the hands of potholes than they were 12 months ago, the RAC has reported as it reveals it was called out to 25,487 pothole-related breakdowns in 2015, a rise of 24% year-on-year.
15 Jan: 10.45
IAM call for increased road investment ‘finally answered’
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has said its called for increased road investment has been ‘finally answered’, as a FOI request highlights increased spending across the country.
THURSDAY 14 JANUARY
14 Jan: 16.00
Robotic bike parks ‘future for cycling’ – BBC News
Robotic bike parks, which see bikes loaded on to an automated rack before a robotic lift slides them into a cylindrical vault, are being heralded as the answer to London’s shortage of secure bicycle parking.
14 Jan: 13.00
New testing laboratory to support ‘Britain’s booming plug-in vehicle market’
Robert Goodwill, transport minister, today (14 January) opened the new ‘state-of-the-art’ laboratory in Milton Keynes to support the government pledge for every new car and van to be emission-free by 2040.
14 Jan: 10.45
Controversial ad signs approved despite police objection
Motorists travelling on the M5 and M6 in the Black Country will be ‘put in danger’ after plans to put up two giant advertising boards overlooking the motorways were approved by councillors, despite opposition from West Midlands Police.
14 Jan: 09.30
Competition asks motorists to submit winter driving tips
The IAM is asking motorists to submit their best winter driving tips as part of its #wheelsinwinter campaign, the winner picking up a pair of tickets to the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show.
WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY
13 Jan: 14.30
Transport sector all geared up for winter weather
Transport operators have robust plans in place to keep the transport network going in the event of bad weather.
13 Jan: 09.15
TRL issues plea for participants for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle study
TRL has issued a plea for people who have experience of driving and charging plug-in cars to be interviewed as part of a new research study.
TUESDAY 12 JANUARY
12 Jan: 09.00
Driverless Ford tackles snow challenge
Motoring giant Ford says it has conducted successful tests of its driverless cars in snowy conditions (BBC News).
MONDAY 11 JANUARY
11 Jan: 16.00
Renault-Nissan Alliance reveals plans for driverless roll-out
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years and claims that the technology will be installed in mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices.
11 Jan: 09.30
UK drivers still harbour reservations about autonomous vehicles
A survey of 2,000 people carried out for Continental Tyres suggests that three in five UK motorists currently worry about the safety of fully autonomous vehicles.