A recap of the road safety news in brief from the week commencing 8 February:
FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY
12 Feb: 14.30
Drivers have improved access to charging points: RAC Foundation
Drivers of electric vehicles in England have more charging points at their disposal than their counterparts across the UK, according to a RAC Foundation report.
THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY
11 Feb: 10.45
No one loves a drunk driver
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday, Brake and Direct Line are urging drivers not to risk their licence for love, as one in five get behind the wheel the morning after a big night out.
WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY
10 Feb: 15.45
DfT appoints new director of roads
Tricia Hayes has been appointed the new director general of roads, devolution and motoring, the DfT announced today (10 Feb). She will take up post in March 2016.
10 Feb: 11.30
Legal breakthrough for Google’s self-driving car (BBC)
Google’s self-driving car system could soon be given the same legal definition as a human driver, paving the way for vehicles without steering wheels or pedals, according to the BBC.
10 Feb: 10.30
Insurance company highlights importance of exchanging details after an accident
Go Compare has encouraged drivers to print out its traffic accident record to keep in their car, urging them to remember to collect all the important details in the event of an incident.
TUESDAY 09 FEBRUARY
09 Feb: 15.15
Twitter: Preperation underway for Greenwich driverless-car trials
— Oxbotica (@oxbotica) February 9, 2016
At the end of January we brought you news of the launch of London’s first driverless ‘pods’
09 Feb: 10.15
Conference to examine smarter travel
Smarter Travel LIVE! 2016 takes place on 17-18 March and will focus on the developing synergies between smarter more sustainable travel and the rapidly evolving Intelligent Mobility sector.
MONDAY 08 FEBRUARY
08 Feb: 15.45
Twitter: Road Safety NI encourages passengers to speak up
If you are with someone who is driving recklessly and putting you at risk as a passenger, speak up. It’s your life. pic.twitter.com/Fv8eczOCKE
— Road Safety N.I. (@roadsafetyni) February 8, 2016
08 Feb: 14.15
Britain’s first driverless vehicles set for April roll out
Greenwich will be home to not one, but two new trials of self-driving vehicles this year, with the first from MOVE_UK to commence in April.
08 Feb: 11.00
Campaigners meet EC president to ask for serious injury reduction target
Road safety campaigners have called on Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, to introduce a new European target to reduce serious road injuries, alongside an existing target to reduce deaths by half by 2020.