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  • Shaun Helman, a Chief Transport Scientist working at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), has suggested that certain road signs should be painted on the pavement so that distracted pedestrians who are looking down at their smartphones can see them. He believes that this could help to prevent absent minded people walking out into traffic. This problem has already been addressed in other parts of the world.  In some Dutch towns, for example, LED lighting strips have been placed on the kerbs adjacent to pedestrian crossings to show people when it is safe to cross. Further afield, the city of Xi’an in China has introduced ‘texting lanes’. These are metre wide

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  • According to a recent analysis of the figures supplied to the Ministry of Justice by the warranty provider, Warranty Direct the number of offences relating to both illegal mobile phone use and speeding have fallen since the punishments for both of these offences were made more severe in 2017.

    The punishment for using a mobile phone while driving was increased to a £200 fine and a maximum of six points on the drivers licence in March last year and, since that time, the number of convictions has fallen by 44%. In addition to this, police forces across the country issued 1,657 fines to people for using their mobile phone while driving between March and December last year

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  • Statistics supplied by Highways England indicate that more than 100 people per year are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads as a result of tailgating. This means that one out of every eight deaths that happen on the country’s motorways and major A-roads occurs because a vehicle has been travelling to close to the one in front. Highways England believes that only a small amount of tailgating is deliberate and that the majority of drivers are simply unaware that they are driving dangerously and invading another car’s space. With this in mind, Highways England has launched a campaign called ‘Don’t be a Space

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  • Nearly a third of UK drivers would be completely lost on the road without the aid of a satnav according to a recent survey conducted by the car hire firm, Europcar. Further inspection showed that drivers aged between 25 and 34 are far more likely to use a satnav then others, with 80% of the respondents in this age group saying that they would turn to a satnav to help them reach their destination. In contrast, just 47% of drivers over the age of 65 would feel comfortable using a satnav, and a similar percentage said that they would prefer to use a map. Despite so many drivers relying on this technology to find their way around our roads, a number of people have been misled by their

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  • The road safety campaigning group, TyreSafe has been working with Trading Standards to tackle the widespread problem of part worn tyre outlets selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. Following investigations, the duo discovered that the vast majority of these outlets, that is 139 out of the 152 investigated, are selling illegal and unsafe tyres to motorists. During their investigations, which have spanned from London to Scotland, TyreSafe and Trading Standards have found that a large number of part worn tyre retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities or they simple do not have the required expertise to serve motorists

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  • Many of the UK’s major retailers are backing the idea of an accessible shopping day which has been termed ‘Purple Tuesday’. This day, which will see retailers introduce new measures to make their shops more accessible to disabled customers, is set to take place on 13th November 2018. It is being spearheaded by Purple, the group that is formally known as the Essex Coalition for Disabled People. So far the initiative has received support from a number of retail outlets including Asda, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The British Retail Consortium, The Crown Estate and Hammerson. Every company which signs up to be a part of ‘Purple Tuesday’

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  • Yesterday (30th August) The Guide Dogs Charity delivered its open letter to Downing Street, asking for the government to take urgent action to prevent unsafe pavement parking. This was done exactly 1000 days after the government promised to look into how the introduction of a nationwide law on pavement parking would work. The letter, which was supported by more than 17,000 individuals and 20 organisations, including DMUK, states: “Cars parked on pavements force people into the road to face oncoming traffic, which is particularly dangerous for many, including blind and partially sighted people, parents with pushchairs and young children, wheelchair

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  • You might think of a mobility scooter as a useful way of getting from A to B, running errands and visiting friends or family with your independence intact. But for those looking to travel with their scooter, whether you’re holidaying here in the UK or adventuring abroad, the options are a little bit limited.

    A compact travel scooter might seem the most sensible option, but this means assembling and disassembling the scooter every time you go out, with plenty of bending and lifting involved to get the pieces in the car. And while pavement and road scooters offer a little more heft and a lot more range, they aren’t suitable for taking with you in the boot of the

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  • The PIP assessment provider, Capita is keen to find out about the experiences of people in the firms catchment areas namely, Wales, Northern Ireland and Central and South England who have been through the PIP assessment process. Please send your responses through to info@disabledmotoring.org and we will pass them on to DMUK Vice Chairman, Margaret Oldham, who attends the PIP forums on behalf of the charity.

  • Between June 2017 and July 2018 the Essex towns of Romford and Ilford saw the highest and second highest number of vehicle thefts respectively. The study conducted by the price comparison site, MoneySupermarket revealed that there were 13.5 vehicle thefts reported per 1000 people in Romford and 13 thefts per 1000 people in Ilford. Birmingham came next on the list with a figure of 9.5 per 1000 and Halifax in Yorkshire came in fourth place with 8.6 car thefts per 1000 people. Official figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that 89,000 vehicles were stolen in England and Wales last year. This is the equivalent of 10 vehicles every hour and it is a significant rise

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