Road safety news in brief: 12-16 October

12.00 | 21 October 2015 |

A recap of the road safety news in brief from the week comencing 12 October:


16 Oct: 11.30
More than 17,000 convicted of careless driving in past two years – IAM
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed that more than 17,000 people have been convicted of careless driving offences since police were given the power to issue fixed penalty notices for it two years ago.

16 Oct 11.00
Tesla urges safety caution as it launches ‘autopilot’ update
Despite a new software update enabling its cars to have an "autopilot" mode, Tesla has urged safety caution, stating that drivers are still liable for any collisions.

16 Oct: 10.00
Service to remember victims of road collisions
Now in its twentieth year, the Oakleaf Service will be held at Leeds Minster on Sunday 15 November 2015, 3.00pm, and will focus on personal experiences, observations and readings from victims’ families.


15 Oct: 12.45
RAC launches insurance to reward safe drivers
The RAC is rewarding motorists who prove they are safe drivers from this week with the launch of a Black Box Insurance scheme.

15 Oct: 11.45
Dutch cyclists have longer lives say researchers
Researchers at the University of Utrecht say that Dutch cyclists live longer than people who do not use a bike claiming that it adds an average of six months to life expectancy.

15 Oct: 09.30
Paul Satoor takes up leadership of DVSA
Paul Satoor has taken up the role of Interim Chief Executive at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency following the retirement of Alastair Peoples.


14 Oct: 14.45
Dart Charge saves commuters ’90 minutes a week’
Drivers using the Dartford Crossing at peak times are saving around an hour and a half every week thanks to Dart Charge, according to Highways England.

14 Oct: 12.00
CTC criticism for Eurostar’s new bike storage policy
Cycling charity CTC says a planned change in the way Eurostar stores bikes for travel is treating cyclists like "third-class passengers".

14 Oct: 09.15
TISPOL launches new website and corporate video
Launched by president Aidan Reid, the new TISPOL website has a ‘bright, fresh and engaging design’ that works across all platforms, while the corporate video highlights the work that is done by the organisation. 
View the video


13 Oct: 15.15
TISPOL’s 2015 Conference wins ‘all-round praise’
TISPOL’s 2015 Conference took place last week at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester, with nearly 220 delegates gathering to hear presentations from a line-up of senior road safety figures.

13 Oct: 11.30
Client Centred Learning Course for ADIs to take place on 19-20 October
This two-day course, designed to help driving instructors to develop vital CCL skills required for the new DVSA Standards Check, takes place in Buckinghamshire next week.
For more information or to book a place contact June Howlett on 01296 382338. 

13 Oct: 09.45
Reading West MP wins national road safety award
Alok Sharma has been named Brake’s Westminster MP for September 2015, recognising his work with parents of children at two schools in the area to improve road safety.


12 Oct: 13.15
Winter fleet at full strength in Scotland
Transport Scotland has announced that there will be more than 50 new gritters on Scotland’s roads this winter.

12 Oct: 11.45
Use of dash cams has ‘more than doubled’ in the last year
The RAC says the number of motorists using dash cams to record their journeys has more than doubled in the last year to 2.9 million.

12 Oct: 11.00
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP wins road safety award
Murdo Fraser, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, has been awarded the second Scottish Road Safety Parliamentarian Award by the charity Brake for his work, including a campaign to ‘Dual the A9’.


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