The road safety news in brief from the week commencing 21 August.
- Seminar will focus on motorcycle safety (24 August)
- Royal Mail unveils new electric vans (24 August)
- GEM makes speeding plea (22 August)
- Support grows for Project EDWARD (22 August)
Click here to read the road safety news in brief from the week commencing 14 August.
24 Aug: 14.30
Seminar will focus on motorcycle safety
A one-day seminar taking place in November will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn and share best practice when it comes to motorcycle safety.
Organised by Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, the National Motorcycle Safety Seminar takes place in Stevenage on 17 November.
The workshop will include presentations on the Biker Down Initiative, motorcycle safety and transport policy framework , road traffic collision analysis, understanding the rider experience and the safe system approach.
For further information or to reserve a place, email Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service.
24 Aug: 12.45
Royal Mail unveils new electric vans
Royal Mail is beginning trials in London of nine fully electric vans with ranges of up to 100 miles. (BBC News)
Image: Royal Mail
The vehicles, which come in various sizes, will distribute post from the central London depot.
They were produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, which recently opened a new factory in Banbury.
Another batch of 100 electric vans for Royal Mail has also been ordered from Peugeot.
Having already been trialled by Royal Mail, these will enter service in December.
MONDAY 22 AUGUST
22 Aug: 16.15
GEM makes speeding plea
GEM Motoring Assist is urging all drivers to stay within speed limits on every journey, something it describes as a key part of reducing collisions and casualties on our roads.
The advice comes as police officers join with colleagues across Europe for a week of enhanced speed checks, using a variety of enforcement tools.
The purpose of the operation, coordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), is to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and remind drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate.
Among the police forces taking part in the UK is Suffolk Police, whose officers – alongside colleagues in Norfolk – will use a combination of education and enforcement to highlight the potential consequences of driving above the speed limit.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “One of the most important things we can all do when at the wheel is to drive within the speed limit at all times on journeys. It’s a vital part of taking personal responsibility for our own safety – and that of others – when we are driving.
“That’s because research categorically shows that reduced speeds mean fewer collisions, and reduced severity of collisions. For example, an overall 1mph reduction in speed results in an average five per cent reduction in collisions.”
22 Aug: 11.00
Support grows for Project EDWARD
The TTC Group, which educates 350,000 driver each year, has joined forces with police to show their support for the Project EDWARD campaign.
Launched last year by EU traffic police who want people to pledge to reduce risk and improve safety on all road journeys, the 2017 European Day Without A Road Death takes place on 21 September.
The TTC Group, which helps businesses and organisations manage their work related road safety as well as running courses for police nationwide, says it is calling on all their customers to join the campaign.
Andy Wheeler, TTC DriverProtect, said: “We are proud to be supporting Project Edward on September 21 and we are encouraging all our customers to embark on a road safety campaign, not just for September 21, but on an ongoing basis as well.”
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