A recap of the road safety news in brief from the 16-27 May.
FRIDAY 27 MAY
27 May: 11.00
Drug drivers: ‘this will bring you down’
— THINK! road safety (@THINKgovuk) May 27, 2016
THURSDAY 26 MAY
26 May: 10.30
Medicines warning as hay fever season approaches
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is warning hay fever sufferers to check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel, and to be aware of the possible effects these drugs can have on their driving.
WEDNESDAY 25 MAY
25 May: 10.30
Speed limits set to be reduced to 30kmph (20mph) across Dublin
Following an 18-month review, Dublin City Council has unveiled proposals for a ‘radical’ expansion of the 30kmph speed limit to almost all roads and streets as far as its boundary with the four other Dublin local authorities.(Irish Times)
TUESDAY 24 MAY
24 May: 16.00
RSGB media course takes place in Kent
— Road Safety Analysis (@mastonline) May 24, 2016
MONDAY 23 MAY
23 May: 15.00
UK minicab firm eyes driverless car tests (RAC)
London-based Addison Lee, which has been operating since 1975 and has a fleet of more than 4,000 vehicles, says it is holding talks with a car manufacturer with a view to testing self-driving cars.
FRIDAY 20 MAY
20 May: 15.15
Can you help? TRL in driver distraction survey plea
Help: engineers & designers in the automotive & mobile device industry needed for our survey on driver distraction https://t.co/xlnnfBbB0p
— TRL (@NewsfromTRL) May 20, 2016
20 May: 12.30
Uber joins race for driverless cars (BBC News)
US car-hailing company Uber has joined the race for driverless car technology, confirming it is testing a vehicle on the streets of Pittsburgh.
THURSDAY 19 MAY
19 May: 11.45
IAM Road Smart announces 60th birthday celebrations
To mark its 60th anniversary, IAM RoadSmart has announced it is to stage two parties; one for bike enthusiasts on 2 July and another for car buffs on 9 July. Isle of Man TT winners Steve Plater and Mick Grant are attending the bike party, while rally legend Paddy Hopkirk will be special guest at the car party.
More on the bike party
More on the car party
19 May: 07.00
Transport ministers call for European casualty reduction targets
The transport ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have added to calls for the European Union to come forward with a target to reduce the numbers of people seriously injured in road collisions.
WEDNESDAY 18 MAY
18 May: 13.15
Dutch campaign draws attention to cyclists’ behaviour
A campaign in Holland, which aims to draw attention to how cyclists’ behaviour affects fellow road users, will see Police reward cyclists who show good conduct with two green caps – the symbol of the friendly cyclist.
TUESDAY 17 MAY
17 May: 14.45
Conference to explore ‘changing driver behaviour’
The theme for the fifth annual DriverMetrics Conference is ‘Changing Driver Behaviour’. Held at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire on 7 June, the event is free to attend and delegates will join more than 100 fleet safety professionals to find out how science-based approaches are being successfully used to assess, identify and change driver behaviour.
MONDAY 16 MAY
16 May: 10.00
New motorcycle registrations grow in April
Figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MIA) have shown that there were 11,500 new motorcycles registered in April 2016, an increase of 13% from the same month in 2015.