Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today (13 August 2017).
The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.
Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car.
As the summer holidays are approaching, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging drivers to make sure their trailers, caravans and horseboxes are safe and legal.
The DVSA #TowSafe4Freddie campaign was launched in November last year and has been calling on drivers using a trailer to perform basic safety checks following the tragic death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey.
Freddie was walking with his mother in Bedminster, Bristol, when a two-tonne trailer became detached from a Land Rover. The trailer mounted the kerb before hitting Freddie.
All four Welsh police forces will use a week-long enforcement campaign to highlight the ‘importance of sticking to the speed limit’ - particularly where the limit is 20mph.
The enforcement week, which got underway on Monday 26 Junehas been organised by the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, Go Safe, as part of its #20mphrule outside school campaign. It is supported by the Welsh Government.
In South Wales, police officers will be working to educate and enforce 20mph limits - especially around schools and other areas of community interest.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has produced a new ‘thought-provoking’ film designed to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations.
‘One Fateful Day’ tells the story of a male van driver, distracted by using his mobile phone as he talks to his office. He is also subsequently found to have been taking drugs and to be driving a defective vehicle – all of which have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for the driver, operations manager and company owner.
The film is the brainchild of Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and LCVs, who says the story illustrates some of the typical failings seen among van operators.
Dyfed-Powys Police took the lead on the campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up. Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.
Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales clamped down on those continuing to ignore the law and endangering all road users.
Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales. The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).
The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases. It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.
Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.