Road safety news in brief: 14-18 September

12.00 | 22 September 2015 |

 A recap of the news in brief from the week commencing 14 September:


18 Sept: 10.45
Forum to examine future of driverless cars
Following the publication of the Transport Select Committee’s report, Motoring of The Future, Policy UK will be hosting a forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead with the next generation of road vehicles.

18 Sept: 09.15
Victims commissioner pays tribute to work of road safety charity
Baroness Newlove visits the Road Victims Trust, paying tribute to the work it does to support those directly impacted by road death.
Download the press release




17 Sept: 15.15
MP calls for action to curb traffic speed
South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has called for action to be taken on road safety issues, sharing residents’ concerns about the speed of traffic.

17 Sept: 11.00
New system unveiled to eliminate blind spots
A new flexible display, incorporated into a car’s A-pillar and paired with a camera attached to the wing mirror, will offer an enhanced view of the side and rear of the vehicle, says FlexEnable.

17 Sept: 10:30
Child car seat checks reveal worrying statistics
48 out of 65 child car seats needed an adjustment after being checked by experts from Powys County Council, with eight not meeting safety regulations.

17 Sept: 10.00
PACTS Autumn Conference to focus on local and national roads
PACTS Autumn 2015 Conference, ‘Managing road safety’, will focus on safe systems in practice on local and national roads and will take place in Birmingham on November 3.


16 Sept 16:00
20mph pilot comes in to force
On 21 September a 20mph scheme will come into force on the A77 in the village of Maybole, as part of a wider trunk road pilot that will see 20mph schemes introduced in five Scottish towns and villages.

16 Sept: 15:15
New average speed camera system installed on A15 
A new average speed camera system has been installed on the A15, south of Lincoln, where seven people have been injured in the last five years.

16 Sept: 11.15
Academy to exhibit at Emergency Services Show
Road Safety GB Academy (Stand Z233) will be exhibiting at the Emergency Services Show at the NEC in Birmingham next week (23-24 Sept).
More about the Emergency Services Show

16 Sept: 10.00
Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course
Congratulations to all who participated in the recent RSGB South East Region Foundation Course (see pic opposite).
More about the Foundation Course

16 Sept: 09.45
Brake seminar will help employers tackle drink and drug driving
Road safety charity Brake is urging employers to tackle drink and drug driving among at-work drivers with a seminar on the topic on 14 October.


15 Sept: 16.00
Designing the cycling revolution
Robert Goodwill, minister with responsibility for cycling, recognises innovation in cycle planning in a speech delivered at the Cycle Planning Awards on 14 Sept.

15 Sept: 14.30
Lord Digby Jones to participate in work-related road safety campaign
Lord Digby Jones will launch 515 balloons at a road safety event on 17 Sept to remember the number of people who died in the UK during the last year as a result of work-related journeys.

15 Sept: 12.00
Herts CC issues deer alert
With the UK deer population at record levels, Hertfordshire County Council is asking drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads this autumn. 

15 Sept: 10.30
RoSPA overhauls fleet safety division
The RoSPA division which deals with fleet services has been rebadged ‘RoSPA Fleet Services’ as part of a series of changes intended to deliver ‘numerous benefits for customers’.

15 Sept: 10.15
Lilian Greenwood appointed shadow transport secretary
Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, has been appointed shadow transport secretary.
More about Lilian Greenwood

15 Sept: 10:00
Child car seat checks in South Gloucestershire
South Gloucestershire’s road safety team and Avon and Somerset Police are joining forces to carry out child car seat safety checks in Thornbury today (15 Sept).

15 Sept: 09.45
Free webinar: Engaging local businesses with safe and sustainable travel (Weds 16 Sept: 10.00am – 11.30am)
Brake is running a free webinar for road safety professionals which will give an overview of the business case for safe and sustainable travel, and how road safety professionals can encourage local businesses to introduce active travel schemes.



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