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Drivers who kill others could receive life sentences under new laws

posted 18 Sep 2020, 00:19 by selectdrivinghalifax

Drivers who kill others after speeding, racing or using a phone could receive life sentences under new legislation.
Those who cause death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs could also get a life sentence.
The current maximum sentence for each crime is 14 years.
The sentencing reforms announced this week will be introduced in Parliament early next year. A new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving is also being proposed.
Currently, without that specific offence, drivers who cause injuries under such circumstances can only be convicted of careless driving - which has the maximum penalty of a fine.

UK to See Driving Instructor Shortage

posted 9 Aug 2020, 22:43 by selectdrivinghalifax

UK expected to see a shortage of driving instructors in coming years as effects of Covid-19 crisis and birth-rates combine in a perfect storm.

MPs to consider graduated driving licences

posted 6 Aug 2020, 22:58 by selectdrivinghalifax

Transport Committee to hold evidence session looking at how graduated licencing could mitigate the risk novice drivers face on the road

MPs are set to consider graduated driving licences (GDLs), which would see newly qualified drivers banned from the roads at night and during the early hours of the morning.

The Transport Committee - a cross-party group of MPs who scrutinise the Department for Transport (DfT) - is holding an evidence session on 2 September where it will consider why young and novice drivers are statistically a higher risk when it comes to road traffic collisions and casualties, and how this might be mitigated.

Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

posted 2 Aug 2020, 23:20 by selectdrivinghalifax

These changes are due by early 2021 and seek to establish much more protection for vulnerable road users.

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

In particular I can see the changes to give way to pedestrians who are WAITING to cross a side road being very confusing and possibly hazardous for all concerned.

Car tech to guard against distracted driving

posted 10 May 2020, 23:01 by selectdrivinghalifax

Distracted driving puts not only drivers on the road at risk but also passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. In 2018, it led to the deaths of 2,841 people, according to the most current data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Holding a phone and texting are two of the most common causes, but eating, changing the radio, or anything else that causes you to lose focus on the task of driving can also be considered a distraction. The problem is so widespread that NHTSA and the Centers for Disease Control have addressed the issue on their websites.

Automakers and technology companies are coming out with features aimed at reducing injuries and deaths related to distracted driving. Edmunds experts have selected five new car technologies designed to reduce distraction and help make you a safer driver.

Safety charity urges closure of learners' penalty point 'loophole'

posted 16 Aug 2019, 10:07 by selectdrivinghalifax

A leading road safety charity has called on the government to close a loophole in the law that allows learner drivers to amass more points than a newly qualified driver before being banned.

Under present rules, newly qualified drivers will have their licences revoked if they pick up six or more penalty points in the two years following their driving test. However, the law currently allows learner drivers to retain their licences despite collecting more than six points. In fact, learners can hold up to 11 points, and those who pass their tests with this number of points will only be banned if they receive more points after they qualify.

New long range speed cameras set to go nationwide - How they work and can fine you

posted 29 Jul 2019, 09:11 by selectdrivinghalifax

New long-range speed cameras could be rolled out nationwide to prevent motorists committing driving offences while behind the wheel of their cars. These cameras which have a range of over 1km has been rolled out in areas of the UK and have proven to be successful in catching drivers. For example, in its first month, the device set up on the A417 and A419 in Gloucestershire managed to catch 1,200 speeders and 32 other offences. The long-range cameras can spot a driver committing a driving offence from over one kilometre away and is dubbed ‘the Long Ranger’.

DVSA reveals top driving test faults made in the first year of the new test

posted 25 Jul 2019, 23:42 by selectdrivinghalifax

Failing to look properly at junctions and not using mirrors effectively are the top reasons people failed following changes made to the driving test in 2017.

Drivers face penalty points for not wearing seat belts

posted 19 Jul 2019, 01:26 by selectdrivinghalifax

Drivers caught not wearing a seat belt will face points on their driving licence under plans to increase penalties for motoring offences.

Currently, motorists in England, Scotland and Wales who do not buckle up are given a £100 fine.

The Department for Transport has not said how many points may be given.

Speed cameras and their tolerance levels, how fast do you have to be travelling before they are triggered?

posted 11 Jul 2019, 13:28 by selectdrivinghalifax

We've all been there, travelling down any given road at what we believe to be the correct speed limit, not realising that our speed may have crept up by a mile per hour or two, and then we see the flash from a speed camera in our rear-view mirror. We then wait nervously for a couple of weeks to see if a fixed penalty notice arrives on our doorstep.

But what is the speed camera threshold? At what point does a camera get triggered?

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