A recap of the road safety news in brief from between 12-22 December.
TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER
22 Dec: 16.30
30,000 vehicle thefts not investigated
Police fail to investigate a quarter of stolen vehicles a year, according to figures obtained from 43 of the 45 forces in the UK.
22 Dec: 09.00
400 miles of roadworks removed for festive season
Drivers can gear up for Christmas cheer as Highways England aims to complete or lift 148 schemes by 6am Wednesday 23 December, leaving 98% of its 9,534-mile network free of roadworks in time for the holidays.
MONDAY 21 DECEMBER
21 Dec: 15.15
Less than two weeks left to take up free advanced driving offer
The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ (IAM) free driving taster offer has less than two weeks to run – and the road safety charity is urging people to take advantage before it expires on 31 December.
21 Dec: 13.30
Santander brings ‘Light To The Dark Side’ with Blaze Laserlights
After a successful trial with strong independent test results all 11,500 Santander Cycles across London will be fitted with Blaze Laserlights from early 2016.
FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER
18 Dec: 14.00
From me to you – know the rules of the road says Chuckle Brother
Know “the rules of the road” is the message from Chuckle Brother Paul Elliott (left in pic), the younger of the popular gap teethed comedy duo, who recently attended a speed awareness course.
18 Dec: 10.30
UK car production up 9.3% in November
More than 150,000 cars rolled off production lines in the UK last month, fuelled by demand from overseas (up 9.3% on November 2014) according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER
17 Dec: 12.30
Former RAC Foundation director is new chair of the office of rail and road
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced the appointment of Professor Stephen Glaister as the chair of the office of rail and road (ORR) for a 12-month term.
17 Dec: 10.30
Webinar will explore next steps for telematics
The webinar, organised by Brake on 26 January, will see experienced practitioners provide best practice advice on getting the most out of telematics.
WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER
16 Dec: 13.45
Call made for use of cameras to increase safety outside schools
A call has been made from Education Business for cameras to be used outside of schools to improve safety as it claims that traditional methods of enforcing school ‘keep-clear’ areas are ‘ineffective’ and ‘cost prohibitive’.
TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER
15 Dec: 14.30
62% of motorists oppose extending Scotland’s drink driving laws to rest of UK
Most drivers in England, Wales & Northern Ireland do not want an extension to Scotland’s ‘one-pint-and-you’re-out’ clampdown elsewhere in the UK, according to a new poll for road safety firm SmartWitness.
MONDAY 14 DECEMBER
14 Dec: 15.15
UberPOOL clocks up 45,000 trips in London
Uber’s new car-sharing service, UberPOOL, saw 45,000 trips in London during its first week of operation.
14 Dec: 10.15
Google’s meetings with UK Government over driverless cars revealed
Google has held multiple discussions with the British government about the prospects for driverless cars in the UK, documents obtained by the Telegraph show. (The Telegraph)