Road safety news in brief: October 2016

12.00 | 1 November 2016 |

A recap of the road safety news in brief from October 2016.


28 Oct: 09.30
Dates announced for Global Road Safety Film Festival
The 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival will take place on 20-21 February at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. The Festival will see film makers compete for the best road safety film, and for various special category awards. Those wishing to submit a film must do so before 15 January 2017. More
Submit a film


27 Oct: 13.00
Video: autonomous truck delivers a load of beer
A self-driving truck in America has passed one of the ‘crucial tests’ in the technology’s development by delivering a shipment of beer (containing 51,744 cans). The truck used its onboard cameras, lidar and radar sensors to navigate itself 120 miles from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, without any input from the supervising human driver. 
Read more


26 Oct: 14.00
TSO to host live Periscope interview with Dr Lisa Dorn
The Stationery Office (TSO) has announced that Dr Lisa Dorn will be joining them for a live Periscope interview on 24 November (1pm). Dr Dorn will field questions around her book the ‘Official DVSA Guide to Better Driving,’ as well as any questions people may have around the attitudinal side and how anxiety can affect your driving.

To get involved in the interview and put forward any questions to Dr Lisa Dorn, please log on to Twitter, search for the SafeDrivingforLife profile and join the interview live on Thursday 24 November at 1pm, by posting your questions during the broadcast. If you can’t watch live but would still like to put a question to Lisa, then email


25 Oct: 16.00
Brake’s ‘Roads to Justice’ campaigners head to Downing Street 
Two families involved in Brake’s Roads to Justice campaign will be heading to London on Thursday to hand over their petitions, both of which have reached an impressive 100,000 signatures.

25 Oct: 10.30
FleetMaster wins Brake’s Fleet Safety Product Award 
FleetMaster has seen its contribution to reducing at-fault collisions in its customers’ young driver population recognised, being awarded the Fleet Safety Product Award (Road Safety) at the Brake Awards held at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, on 29 September.

More on the Brake awards


18 Oct: 12.30
Annual services for road victims to take place on 20 November
To mark the World Day of Remembrance for all persons killed on the road globally, the Road Victims Trust has organised two Services of Remembrance for 20 November. The annual events, which are well attended by road safety partnerships and emergency services, are always well received by the families and friends supported by the trust. All are welcome to attend.


  • St Pauls Church, Bedford (3pm start)
  • Jesus College, Cambridge (11.30am start)


17 Oct: 13.00
Insurer highlights driving etiquette from around the world
To help those planning on driving abroad, iCarhireinsurance has produced a new guide examining the driving laws from six of the most visited countries – as well as featuring some of the ‘wackier’ driving customs from around the world.
Click here to find out more



13 Oct: 14.00
British parents spending 150 hours a year on the ‘school run’ drive
The average daily ‘school run’ drive takes parents 47 minutes each day, despite children living on average 1.6 miles from their school, according to new research from by car insurer Sheila’s Wheels.


12 Oct: 09.30
Rise in company car drivers speeding on motorways
Nine out of ten (88%) company car drivers admit to speeding on motorways, according to new research from RAC Business, representing a year-on year increase of 7%. In fact almost half (48%) of company car drivers surveyed said they break the speed limit on motorways on most journeys, compared to only 26% of private motorists.


07 Oct: 12.00
Watch – video guide to filling in your own pothole
Devon County Council is calling for more volunteers to become road wardens and start filling in their own potholes – and has issued a video showing them how to do it.


05 Oct: 14.30
Watch out for deer as mating season approaches – GEM
GEM Motoring Assist is advising drivers to take extra care in areas where deer are common, as their breeding season gets underway. The period makes deer more mobile than usual, bringing them onto roads and increasing the risk of collisions.


04 Oct: 16.00
Better technology, data and enforcement will help save lives – Andrew Jones
In an address to the National Safer Roads Partnership on 27 September, road safety minister Andrew Jones said that better technology, data and enforcement will help save lives on Britain’s roads.
Read the full transcript


03 Oct: 15.00
Brake recognises ‘best of the best’ at annual Fleet Safety Awards
Brake, the road safety charity, recognised a number of organisations for their contribution to improving the safety of at-work drivers, at its annual Fleet Safety Awards on 29 September.
Find out more


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