A recap of the road safety news in brief from the week commencing 26 October:
FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER
30 Oct: 14.15
Government commits to £100 billion to infrastructure – including new roads
Chancellor George Osborne has insisted better infrastructure is vital to improve the lives of British people as he commits to £100 billion of spending in this Parliament, including for new roads and other vital projects.
30 Oct: 11.30
Conference to examine the best practices of managing road safety
The ‘safe system in practice on local and national roads’ takes place next Tuesday, examining road safety leadership and management, promoting active travel, safer infrastructure and more.
30 Oct: 09.15
Man banned for driving mobility scooter while drunk
A disabled man who was found drunk in a mobility scooter by a police community support officer, has been banned from driving a vehicle for six months.
THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER
29 Oct: 14.45
Minister updates Scottish Parliament on winter transport plans
Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands, has updated the Scottish Parliament on transport resilience plans for the forthcoming winter.
29 Oct: 11.30
Tackling anti-social driving in North Wales
North Wales Police officers are undertaking an operation tackling anti-social driving in the town of Ruthin.
29 Oct: 08.45
Nissan unveils autonomous driving concept vehicle
Nissan Motor Co used the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 (28 Oct) to unveil a concept vehicle that embodies its vision of the future of autonomous driving: the Nissan IDS Concept.
WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER
28 Oct: 12.30
Football club pledges support to road safety campaign Drive IQ
Cambridge United Football Club is supporting the Drive IQ young driver initiative.
Warrington drivers offered free winter packs
Free winter driving packs will be given out by Warrington Borough Council’s road safety team in a series of winter driving events during November.
TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER
27 Oct: 09.00
Winter campaign targets ‘gritter undertakers’
A new winter road safety campaign is being rolled out in the West Midlands today (27 Oct), warning drivers they could be putting their lives at risk if they use the hard shoulder to undertake gritters.
MONDAY 26 OCTOBER
26 Oct: 15.45
Oslo moves to ban cars from city centre
Proposed ban on private vehicles is part of a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020, and could come into force by 2019.
26 Oct: 12.15
‘Restrict overtaking by HGVs on dual carriageway and motorways’
A petition has been set up to restrict Heavy Goods Vehicles overtaking on dual carriageway and motorways.
Sign the petiton
26 Oct: 11.00
Scrapping unnecessary checks will ‘save honest motorists around £10 million a year’
From today (26 Oct), drivers returning a written off car to the road will no longer need to apply for a Vehicle Identity Check, saving an estimated £9.7 million a year.
26 Oct: 10.00
New chief executive for Transport Scotland
Roy Brannen, currently Director of Trunk Roads and Bus Operations at Transport Scotland, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the organisation – a post he will take up in early November.