Road safety news in brief: 30 November – 4 December

12.00 | 8 December 2015 |

A recap of the road safety news from the week commenicing 30 November:


04 Dec: 13.00
Euro NCAP releases latest car safety ratings
Euro NCAP has released its latest car safety ratings; with 11 of the 15 cars tested given a five-star safety rating largely thanks to the autonomous braking (AEB) systems they have developed.

04 Dec: 09.45
70% rise in vehicles being clamped
The number of vehicles being clamped has increased since the paper tax disc was replaced with an electronic system with official figures showing 9,778 vehicles were clamped by the DVLA in October, up from 5,806 during the same month last year.


03 Dec: 16.00
Brake announces date for the 2016 Fleet Safety Awards 
Road safety charity Brake has announced that the 2016 Fleet Safety Awards will take place on Thursday 29 September, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

03 Dec: 11.45
Mayor should ‘adopt a Vision Zero approach’ to road danger
The London Assembly has asked the Mayor to adopt a ‘Vision Zero approach’ to road dangers after members unanimously agreed a motion urging a change in cultural attitudes, which are too accepting of road death and injury.

03 Dec: 10.00
RAC expresses concern over untaxed vehicle figures
RAC’s chief engineer David Bizley has called official data which shows that the number of untaxed vehicles has more than doubled since 2013 as "very worrying and disappointing".


02 Dec: 14.30
School newspaper promotes road safety
Budding newshounds from Etherley Lane Primary School in Durham have honed their journalistic skills to help raise awareness of road safety, producing a community newspaper entitled ‘The Etherley Lane Safety Echo’.

02 Dec: 11.15
Uber to launch car-pool service in London
Taxi app Uber is to launch UberPool, a car-sharing service in London on 4 December, allowing up to three passengers to share a cab while aiming to cut congestion in the city.


01 Dec: 12.15
School road safety song to get TV airing
‘Don’t be a Road Monster’, a song highlighting concerns about road safety at schools across Hertfordshire, is currently featured on the BBC Newsround website and will be shown on the CBBC channel at 4.20pm this afternoon.

01 Dec: 11.45
Car tax move may ‘hit low-emission buys’ – RAC
Almost one in five motorists (19%) say they would consider a hybrid or electric vehicle as their next car according to RAC research but the organisation is fearful changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty system are likely to dampen enthusiasm.

01 Dec: 09.45
Cyclists rewarded with ‘better car insurance’ is offering better insurance deals for members of cycling clubs as it believes those who cycle on the roads become better drivers as a result of their experience.


30 Nov: 14.15
TfL launches new team to crack down on congestion
A new team of road and transport enforcement officers is being deployed to key traffic routes across London to crack down on illegal or inconsiderate behaviour and other problems that cause congestion and endanger the safety of road users.

30 Nov: 12.00
‘GO 20’ quiz launched to ‘promote the benefits of 20mph limits’
Brake has produced a free interactive e-learning resource to promote what the charity describes as ‘the benefits of 20mph limits’, and to raise awareness about the importance of cars slowing down to protect more vulnerable road users.


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