Road safety news in brief: 28 September – 2 October

12.00 | 8 October 2015 |

A recap of the news in brief from the week commencing 28 September.


02 Oct: 15.45
Fatal Norfolk crash video scoops top PR award
A "hard-hitting" road safety campaign described as “brave” and “creative”, launched by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, has scooped gold at the PRide Awards.

02 Oct 14.45
Brake announces winners of 2015 Fleet Safety Awards
Road safety charity Brake has announced the winners of its annual Fleet Safety Awards, held last night (1 October) at St John’s Hotel, Birmingham.

02 Oct: 10.15
Speeding still top road offence, IAM finds
Figures obtained by the IAM have found that, over the last decade, speeding is still the biggest motoring-related offence where the defendant is found guilty in court.

02 Oct: 09.30
FTA Accreditation Scheme rewards freight safety
The Freight Transport Association Accreditation Scheme, recognised by the RSA (Road Safety Authority) in Ireland, is designed to recognise those who excel in road safety.
More on the scheme


01 Oct: 11.45
Tyre Safety Month 2015 starts today
This year’s Tyre Safety Month campaign, co-ordinated by Tyre Safety, is asking motorists the direct question ‘when did you last do it?’ and encouraging them to ‘practice safety checks’ regularly.

01 Oct: 10.00
Mike Brown named as new transport commissioner
TfL has confirmed the appointment of Mike Brown, who has been interim commissioner since July, as London’s new Transport Commissioner.


30 Sept: 14.00
Road Safety Foundation Course – East Midlands
Congratulations to all those who recently participated in the Road Safety Practitioners Foundation Course in Chesterfield (23-24 Sept).
More about the Foundation course

30 Sept: 11.00 
Schoolgirl helping to tackle road safety problems outside her school
Eight-year-old Laurie Black is helping highlight to the importance of road safety outside her school, labelled a ‘health risk’, after winning a poster competition.


29 Sept: 14.15
Proposed 20mph limit divides community
Proposals to lower the speed limit to 20mph has divided a community in London, with two opposing groups going head-to-head by launching their own campaigns.

29 Sept: 12.30
Details of £1.8 billion Midlands’ road plans outlined by Highways England
Highways England today (29 Sept) outlined how £1.8 billion of government investment to improve the capacity and condition of roads in the Midlands will be delivered.

29 Sept: 10.45
TISPOL’s 2015 conference to take place next week
With a focus on the challenges of protecting vulnerable road users, and the importance of finding effective solutions to reduce death and serious injury on Europe’s roads, the 2015 TISPOL conference takes place on 7-8 October.

29 Sept: 09.45
20mph debate splitting Bradford’s councillors
As the pressure grows to introduce them, the debate on 20mph speed limits is dividing opinion among Bradford councillors, with only some supporting a blanket introduction in built-up areas.


28 Sept: 15:00
GEM back proposals to raise fit to drive declaration to 75
GEM Motoring Assist welcomes the news that the DfT is considering raising the age at which drivers must declare they are fit to drive from 70 to 75 years.

28 Sept: 13:45
Children on hand to tackle road safety issue
Children from schools in Leamington have created a banner to help address road safety issues outside their schools.

28 Sept: 10.15
PCC backs hidden speed cameras
Covert speed cameras would help curb speeding motorists and increase road safety, according to Humberside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove.


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