Road safety news in brief: 7-11 December

12.00 | 18 December 2015 |

A recap of the news in brief from the week commencing 7 December:


11 Dec: 16.00
TfL launches first range of women’s road safety clothing
Transport for London (TfL) has launched its first range of safety clothing designed specifically for women, as part of its commitment to supporting an increasingly diverse workforce.

11 Dec: 13.15
£2 million cycling boost for East of England
Cyclists in the East of England are set to benefit from new or improved cycle routes alongside some of the region’s major A roads, following the award of a £2.1 million contract.

11 Dec: 09.15
England rugby star named Honest Truth patron
Jack Nowell, England and Exeter Chief’s rugby star, has been named the new patron of road safety initiative the Honest Truth, an education partnership between Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and local authorities.


10 Dec: 13.00
Calls for introduction of road tolls to reduce traffic congestion 
A paper from the Royal Academy of Engineering which looks into congestion in the UK has concluded that road tolls are the single best and most efficient way to tackle what it calls an "issue of national concern".

10 Dec: 11.45
Novel lollipop campaign to "start conversation" about pedestrian safety
Road safety officers in Ireland are hoping a campaign which will see festive party goers given lollipops as they head home from a night out will "start a conversation" about the need to arrange transport home in advance and in turn, improve pedestrian safety.


09 Dec: 13.45
Robert Goodwill MP appointed Minister of State at the DfT
The appointment of Robert Goodwill MP as a Minister of State at the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (9 Dec) been confirmed.

09 Dec: 12.00
Report says Highways England is ‘off to good start’
Drivers are already feeling the benefits from the work of Highways England, according to the first official review of the organisation published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

09 Dec: 11.00
‘Gay-themed’ traffic lights scrapped in Austrian city
The Austrian city of Linz is set to lose its ‘gay-themed’ pedestrian traffic lights, installed to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest in May with the hope that they would attract attention and improve road safety, after opposition from the country’s Freedom Party.


08 Dec: 14.30
Data highlights bridge maintainance problem
Data collected and analysed by the RAC Foundation has found that almost 2,400 council-maintained road bridges in Great Britain are not fit to carry the heaviest vehicles now seen on our roads.

08 Dec: 12.15
Taxi signs ‘to tackle congestion’ in the capital
Transport for London (TfL) is trialling technology which will allow taxi-top digital advertising boards to display traffic information in attempt to cut congestion in London.

08 Dec: 10.30
New motorcycle registrations on the rise
The number of newly registered motorcycles in November stands at 6,042 according to statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Association, up 20% from the same period in 2014.


07 Dec: 16.00
Porsche’s electric car receives the green light
Porsche is entering the "beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car" as it unveils plans to develop its first 100 percent electrically powered car.

07 Dec: 15.30
TfL to provide free New Year’s Eve travel
Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with travel search engine KAYAK to provide free New Year’s Eve travel this year so that partygoers in the capital can get home safely.

07 Dec: 11.45
TISPOL’s 12 days of Christmas
TISPOL. the European Traffic Police Network, is encouraging drivers to share the festive road safety message with their ’12 days of Christmas’ advising drivers on how to stay safe this winter time.


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