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DRIVING LICENCE REQUIREMENTS WHEN HIRING….

Since June 2015 the paper counterpart that came with your Driving Licence became obsolete.

Now when hiring a Car or Van you need to obtain an endorsement check and share it with us at TSP Kar Hire.

Fortunately this check is free and very easy to obtain – you will need the following:

your Driving Licence Number

your National Insurance Number

and your Postcode (this must match your Driving Licence)

Armed with these details simply following this link to the DVLA website – HERE

FINES FOR STOPPING IN YELLOW BOXES ROLLED OUT ACROSS UK….

Drivers across the country will soon be liable for fines for offences like stopping in yellow box junctions, the Government has indicated.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps looks set to hand all local councils’ legislative powers to crack down on ‘moving traffic violations’ – currently only available to London and Cardiff.

While accepting the move broadly makes sense, the RAC remains concerned some councils could use their new powers as a cash cow.

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC said: “Local authorities know where congestion might require some form of enforcement, particularly in the case of box junctions, so it stands to reason they should be able to improve this through the use of enforcement.

“However, we remain concerned that cash-strapped authorities may see this as an opportunity to extract more revenue from drivers.”

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, councils must apply for powers to tackle parking, bus lane contraventions and moving traffic violations. Many have taken measures to enforce parking and bus lane contraventions, but not moving traffic violations.

Members of the committee had raised concerns that police officers are too busy policing minor offences to deal with more serious crimes.

Mr Shapps said: “I have been looking at powers outside of London provided to local areas to do some of these things, and think that I’ll shortly be making an announcement.”

Transport for London has been penalising drivers for stopping in yellow box junctions for 15 years. In the 2017/18 financial year alone, it issued £16 million in fines.

In many cases drivers claim stopping was unavoidable – either because of traffic light sequencing, or because of drivers ahead of them blocking their path.

Drivers are allowed to wait in a box junction to turn right, providing their exit road is clear.

Nicholas Lyes added: “Should powers be extended to cover all moving traffic offences, local authorities must use this as an opportunity to improve traffic flow and safety, and not as a way to generate more revenue.

Let’s go back to 1968 to reduce road accidents, says RoSPA

Throughout the experiment, road casualty figures were collected during the morning (7-10am) and in the afternoon (4-7pm) in the two winters before the try-out (1966/67 and 1967/1968) and in the first two winters where BST was retained.

The data revealed that approximately 2,500 fewer people were killed and seriously injured during the winters of 1968/69 and 1969/70 compared to the previous two years. This represented a reduction of 11.7 per cent.

More recently, The RAC Foundation looked at the road casualty data from 2012-2017 for two weeks either side of the clock change. They found in the spring there is a slight fall in the number of causalities, but the October change sees an average increase of 278 collisions- a increase of 5.1 per cent.

RoSPA’s chief executive Errol Taylor said: “Each year, when the clocks go back in the autumn, there is a marked spike in the number of vulnerable road users killed and seriously injured. According to statistics provided by the Department for Transport, in 2018 pedestrian deaths in Britain rose from 40 in October, to 56 in November and 70 in December. The casualty rate for all road users increased from 490 per billion vehicle miles in October, to 523 per billion vehicle miles in November.

“In 2017 a similar pattern emerged, with pedestrian fatalities as a result of road accidents rising from 37 in September to 46 in October, 63 in November and 50 in December.

“From the 1968-1971 experiment, we know we can reduce accidents, particularly those involving child pedestrians, by having lighter afternoons and evenings throughout the year. So the question remains, why  aren’t we doing this now?”

Earlier this month, RoSPA’s head of road safety Nick Lloyd gave evidence to a House of Lords committee , which is inquiring into discontinuing seasonal clock changes. RoSPA contests that, should this be done, Britain should maintain year-round BST to save lives.

In March 2019, a motion was passed by the European Union Parliament which mandates member states to either have permanent winter or summer time from 2021 . RoSPA, campaigned since the 1960s to scrap day light savings hours.

Smart motorways to be reviewed over safety concerns

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced to MPs* that an urgent review into the safety concerns over smart motorways, and has called for recommendations to be made “in a matter of weeks”.

The chief executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan has said that “dynamic” smart motorways are “too complicated” for the average driver. He went on to say: “We know they are safe, but we are struggling to convince people of that.

“When you lay all the numbers out and you see the benefits that they bring and you see that they are safer than conventional motorways, it is very easy to commit to a successful programme.” He went on to say that he did not think he would build any more dynamic smart motorways due to driver lack of understanding.

In the England, there are approximately 400 miles of smart motorway, and they breakdown into 2 types: Those where the hard-shoulder is opened at busy times, and those where the hard-shoulder is open all the time – effectively, no hard-shoulder but an extra lane with breakdown lay-bys and safety SOS areas currently at 1.5 miles apart.

Responding to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, that he is conducting a review into smart motorways, Edmund King, AA president says; “We are delighted that the Transport Secretary has listened to us and agreed to review the safety of ‘smart’ motorways.

“We have been raising concerns for more than six years about the dangers of the 38% who breakdown in a live lane on smart motorways. We hope the review will stop a further rollout unless more Emergency Refuge Areas are planned and retrofitted.

“We trust that the review will not get overtaken by misleading or partial statistical analysis about what type of road is safer but will concentrate on avoidable deaths. We know there are real situations where lives would have saved if drivers on smart motorways had somewhere safe to stop. We owe it to all drivers to give them a safe harbour to stop if their vehicle develops problems.”

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, commented: “The key aspect is making sure drivers understand how to use all lane running smart motorways and of course no driver should be stopping unless it is an emergency.

“In reality, some drivers will break down and not be able to reach an SOS area and these drivers need to have confidence that the motorways which Highways England designed, built and operate keep them as safe as possible.

“That is why the RAC continues to call on Highways England to retrofit existing stretches with more SOS areas and install the latest vehicle detection technology to detect stranded vehicles quickly and close the lane as soon as possible.”

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “While millions of drivers successfully use smart motorways there is more to do to improve their understanding of how they work and what you should do if you break down.

“Road users tend to trust that ‘the authorities’ would not allow motorways without a hard shoulder if it was unsafe. Highways England must remain vigilant that their trust is not misplaced.”

 

ULEZ expansion could lead to 3.5 million fewer cars

Research out today from car sharing service DriveNow*, part of SHARE NOW, has found that 28% of people in the South East of England are planning on selling their cars due to the ULEZ expansion in 2021. 10% will not be replacing their cars at all, choosing to use public transport, walk, cycle or use car sharing instead. Of those in the South East who will be keeping their cars 16% will be driving less frequently due to the ULEZ expansion.

The research also revealed that the effects of the expansion will be felt across the country. 21% of people across Great Britain are planning on selling their cars due to ULEZ, and 9% will not be replacing them at all, which could lead to 3.5 million fewer cars on British roads**. The expansion will also influence people who won’t be selling their vehicles. 10% of Brits who will be keeping their cars will be driving less frequently due to the ULEZ expansion and 5% will use a car sharing service for trips in London

In a positive sign for the future, the polling uncovered that young people, aged 18-24 are the most likely age group to be giving up their cars completely. 14% reported that they will be selling their cars and using public transport, walking or cycling more and 5% will be total replacing their private vehicles with the use of a car sharing service.

SHARE NOW also announced today that those opting for the ULEZ scrappage scheme will be able to claim £100 credit with SHARE NOW to encourage them to move away from private car ownership.

Stephen Bee, Spokesperson at SHARE NOW UK: “It is great to see that the ULEZ is encouraging people to reconsider their relationship with their cars. It is a step in the right direction to reducing congestion and improving air quality. We are particularly heartened to see that young people are driving a change in car ownership habits, moving towards more sustainable ways of getting around.

Car sharing offers a solution for people who are concerned about the air quality in London, but who still occasionally need to drive. Our fleet contains a mix of electric and petrol cars and just one of our shared cars can replace up to 10 privately owned vehicles. By sharing cars, each vehicle is used more, making the most of the energy and emissions used to build it, while fewer cars are parked on our streets and congestion is reduced.  Why not hire a hybrid car from TSP Kar Hire!

 

 

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