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  • 27 Jan 2021 14:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have brought together experts and thought leaders to expand our knowledge and broaden our minds on some of the most important topics including risk management, driver competence, fatigue, wellbeing, infrastructure safety and vehicle technology. Each MasterClass will last approximately 30 minutes followed by members' questions.

    The first MasterClass, being broadcast on Tuesday 23rd Feb at 11:00am is

    Managing road risk within the law during COVID-19
    Speaker: Chris Green, Partner, Keoghs
    Specialist in regulatory and transport law

    Chris leads Keoghs' crime and regulatory team across the Midlands and specialises exclusively in providing expert advice in relation to adverse incidents and compliance with regulatory requirements.

    His experience includes representing companies, directors, senior managers, public sector organisations and individuals in defending, responding to and avoiding regulatory breaches.

    COVID-19, and the various government-imposed restrictions, have meant many established road risk management policies have come under pressure. Chris will be discussing, among other things, corporate responsibility for:

    • Managing fatigue in essential fleets working at capacity
    • New driver induction and training where restrictions prevent your usual programme from being delivered
    • Driver wellbeing and managing the risks from anxious and distracted drivers

    Chris has been published, interviewed and quoted by the Times, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 2, Radio 5 Live and Central News. He has also written published articles for the Financial Times, Insurance Post, Birmingham Post and Estates Gazette and Chris regularly delivers speeches and training for the leading practitioners’ bodies such as IOSH, ROSPA, the British Safety Council etc.

    Further planned MasterClasses include

    • Emergency Response Driving
    • Mobile phone distraction
    • Using technology to manage compliance on the Strategic Road Network
    • Managing Driver Fatigue
    • Road Traffic Accident Investigation
    • The Increasing Problem of Drug Driving
    • Highways England & Emergency Services: Collaborating to clear a major incident on the SRN
    Learn more about the ARRM MasterClass Programme
  • 16 Dec 2020 14:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards, which began in 1987, have continued to recognise outstanding achievement and innovation world-wide for over 30 years, giving public recognition to the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives each year.

    These winners are usually invited to London each December where HRH Prince Michael of Kent has traditionally presented all his road safety awards in person however this was understandably not possible in 2020.

    Announcing his awards Prince Michael said,

    “Many congratulations to all my winners. I am delighted that their outstanding work has been recognised. My only sadness is that with travel so restricted this year I am not able to meet them and present my award in person. Their achievements are significant, not just because they are innovative, but because they’ve actually saved lives and will continue to do so in the future.

    “As we come to the end of the first decade of action for road safety, we’ll shortly begin a second ten year programme which we hope will make a huge difference across the world. The commitment of our winners will certainly help to achieve the ambitious targets being set for this and their programmes will provide encouragement for others.”

    A series of webinars highlighting the successes will begin in the New Year to help ensure that the valuable opportunity to share knowledge is not lost.

    This is the full list of winners

    Africa and Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatories

    Agilysis – Supporting the UK Road Sector during COVID-19

    Bogota, Columbia – Speed Management Programme

    Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety – #CommitToAct Campaign

    ImagineLaw – Speed Limit Setting and Enforcement In the Philippines

    Indian Head Injury Foundation – ''Ride with Safety'' for children

    International Research Group – TRAUMA

    iRAP Saving lives in 100 countries

    Lay First Responder International – Post-Crash Response Program Model for Road Traffic Injuries in Resource-Limited African Settings

    National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) – Safe School Zones

    Road Safety Scotland and the Scottish Government – How Gran kept young drivers safe on Scotland's roads.

    Road Safety Scotland and the Scottish Government – How breath-taking roads have helped bikers to breathe another day.

    Safe Kids Worldwide – Safe Kids Buckle Up Programme

    Shell Malaysia – Road Safety Varsity Challenge

    The Roads and Transport Authority Dubai – The Dubai Road Safety Strategy- Improving Road Safety through Partnerships.

    The Towards Zero Foundation – #50by30 Campaign

    The World Bank – Road Safety Innovations

    Transport Accident Commission (TAC) – Road to Zero Education Complex at Melbourne Museum

    Transport for NSW – World-first, life saving, Mobile Phone Detection Camera Programme

    World Bank GRSF and partners – Enhancing the Safety of Nepal's Mountain Roads

    For more information, visit the PMIRSA website


  • 16 Dec 2020 09:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tests on the UK’s favourite vans have revealed some major safety shortcomings – potentially putting lives at risk during this year’s festive period

    • There were more than 4 million vans on UK roads in 2019. This number continues to grow, thanks to continued surge in home deliveries
    • One leading delivery firm expects package deliveries to increase by 23% in 2020 – swelling to 1.6 billion units
    • Vans are involved in more accidents that result in fatal injuries to other road users, per mile travelled, than any other type of vehicle on the UK’s roads
    • Only 12.8% of new vans featured Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in 2019, compared to 62% of new cars
    • Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research launch world’s first Commercial Van Safety Rating safety to highlight the lack of collision avoidance tech on vans
    • Only three vans out of 19 tested achieved a ‘Gold’ rating. Five received a ‘Not Recommended’ rating

    Almost 90% of Britons bought something online in 2019. And with lockdown restrictions eating into valuable shopping time in recent weeks, many of us will once again be relying on a van to safely deliver Christmas to our front door this year.

    But how safe are these vehicles that are deployed onto the roads in their thousands to fulfil our orders? The answer is sobering – not only for the couriers themselves, but also for the motorists and vulnerable road users that share the roads with vans.

    Nineteen of the UK’s favourite vans – representing 98% of new van sales in 2019 – have been independently tested as part of the world’s first Commercial Van Safety Rating. Vehicle safety experts Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research assessed the fitment rate and performance of the vans’ active safety, anti-collision technology.

    The Renault Master, Nissan NV400, Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Movano and Fiat Talento all performed so badly that they were handed a ‘Not Recommended’ rating.

    Only Volkswagen’s Transporter, the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz’s Vito scored a ‘Gold’ rating, while five others were ‘Silver’ and another six ‘Bronze’.

    Matthew Avery, Thatcham Research Director of Research, said: “This first batch of test results show the fitment of crucial safety technology on vans in woefully low.

    “It’s a serious issue that needs addressing urgently, particularly with van numbers increasing and the continued surge in demand for home deliveries during the pandemic and before Christmas.”

    Accident data highlights tech shortcomings

    Vans are involved in more accidents that result in fatal injuries to other road users, per mile travelled, than any other type of vehicle on the UK’s roads.

    In the five years up to 2018, collisions involving vans were responsible for a 14% increase in the number of serious injuries to pedestrians, car occupants, and van occupants. Cyclist casualties also rose by 22%.

    Injured car occupants are 40% more likely to be killed or seriously injured when involved in a head-on incident with a van compared to another car.

    Vans lag behind cars

    Vans are almost completely devoid of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that have been proven to reduce accidents when fitted to cars.

    For example, only 12.8% of new vans were fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) technology as standard in 2019, compared to 62% of new cars.

    “There is a definite lack of parity between the levels of collision avoidance technology on vans compared to cars,” Avery explained. “Modern cars have lots as standard, but vans have barely any. Brands are making a clear decision not to fit this important technology as standard and van operators are not even buying it as a cost option.

    “The lack of parity even exists within the same manufacturers. Take Renault, for example. Its five-star-rated Clio has lots of standard fit Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology that can save lives. But its Trafic van has practically nothing, not even as an option.”

    Testing for a Rating

    To highlight the extent of the problem and encourage wider fitment of ADAS technology, Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research have launched a new Commercial Van Safety Rating that assesses the performance and fitment of emergency braking, speed limiter, and lane support systems, as well as seat belt reminder technology. Safety tests will be conducted annually.

    In the first batch of tests, only VW’s Transporter – with a performance score of 65%, Ford’s Transit (63%) and Mercedes-Benz’s Vito (61%) earned a ‘Gold’ rating. Both the VW and Mercedes models are fitted with AEB as standard in the UK, proving lifesaving tech doesn’t always have to be a cost option.

    Five other vans were rated ‘Silver’, and six were ‘Bronze’.

    The Renault Master (16%), Nissan NV400 (12%), Renault Trafic (11%), Vauxhall Movano (7%) and Fiat Talento (5%) performed so badly they were given a ‘Not Recommended’ rating.

    “These findings show vehicle manufacturers are withholding critical safety technology from their vans. It’s a ridiculous situation because the systems already exist and could be fitted if they wanted them to be,” Avery said.

    New General Safety Regulation (GSR) legislation will require all new vans to be fitted with certain ADAS technology by 2024.

    Thatcham Research is keen to see the UK deliver on the commitment it made to sign up to this before leaving the EU. But, together with Euro NCAP, it also wants to see a change in the van manufacturers’ approach before then.

    Avery concluded: “We want to see more collision avoidance technology fitted as standard and readily available long before then.

    “Decisive action will reduce van collisions, create greater parity between cars and vans, and help to protect the public from serious injury and death as more vehicles on our roads will have lifesaving technology.”

    For more information visit the Thatcham Research Website

    About Thatcham Research

    Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

    As well as its world-leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst many other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

    In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

    A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

  • 8 Dec 2020 15:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Nearly one in three road deaths involves a driving-for-work trip
    • Thirty-nine per cent of pedestrian deaths involve a working driver
    • One in five casualties involves a driving-for-work trip
    • Changing economy triggers a rapid increase in use of vans
    • Stakeholders urged to act on emerging safety issues

    The unacceptable death and injury toll involving people driving for work on UK roads has been revealed in a major new study.

    Nearly one third (29 per cent) of all road fatalities and 21 per cent of all casualties (killed, seriously injured and slightly injured) occur in driving-for-work collisions, a landmark study on behalf of Highways England and charitable partnership Roadsafe, has found.

    It means that more deaths occur from at-work road trips than at the workplace, despite the dangers posed by industries such as construction, farming and mining. Most of the victims are non-working drivers, the study – which focuses particularly on the van, company car and ‘grey fleet’ sector - reveals.

    It shows that in 2018, 520 people died in collisions involving a driver or rider driving for work, but only 12 per cent (63) of them were working drivers or riders. Five per cent (25) of the fatalities were passengers of a driver driving for work, while 83 per cent (432) of those killed were non-working road-users.

    The figures are in sharp contrast to the total of 144 people killed in workplace accidents during the course of work in the UK in the year 2017/18.

    Driving for work - a strategic review of risks associated with cars and light vans, implications for policy and practice - estimates that up to 39 per cent of pedestrian fatalities in the UK were in collision with a ‘working’ driver, causing up to 11 pedestrian deaths a month.

    The study, conducted by UCL and Agilysis, says there is a ‘lack of attention to work-related road safety’ by policymakers. It warns that despite a rapid increase in vans (up by 27 per cent from 3.24m light goods vehicles in 2011 to 4.12m in 2019) and people working in the gig economy, this sector falls outside the strict regulations governing other occupational drivers.

    Despite businesses switching to ‘last mile deliveries’ by vans – coinciding with the boom in internet shopping - vans and drivers are not subject to the strict driver training, drivers’ hours restrictions and roadworthiness regulations governing HGVs.

    On average, finds the study, vans are being driven 12,800 miles a year, accounting for 15.4 per cent of all vehicle mileage. Two in 10 of these journeys occur on minor urban roads.

    Nick Starling, Chair of the Transport Safety Commission Work Related Road Safety Forum said: “As a society, we rely on those driving for work. Twenty-nine per cent of all fatalities, 24 per cent of the seriously injured, and 21 percent of all casualties are sustained when someone involved in an injury collision is driving for work. Vans and drivers are not subject to the same strict regulation of driver training, drivers’ hours restrictions and roadworthiness testing as HGVs and buses/coaches, while the number of vans on the road and people working in the gig economy continues to rise. This report highlights the importance of stakeholders across all sectors working together to understand and manage the risk better.”

    Stuart Lovatt, Head of Strategic Safety in Highways England, said: “Highways England is delighted to support this important piece of research by providing the funding to enable this study to be undertaken. This report will support the objectives of our Driving for Better Business Programme which aims to raise awareness of work-related road risk to business leaders and their drivers.”

    The study calls for further investigation into who is driving for work, the type of vehicles used, the type of roads used, who is being injured and the numbers working in transport in the gig economy. It says that strategic stakeholders must work together to drive down the death toll.

    It also calls for new links between coroners’ data and crash data to improve analysis and transparency of work-related crashes.

    “The working van, car and grey fleet drivers (people using their own car for work) are emerging as an increasing group on our roads but little is known about them,” says the study. It says there is a “high level of risk associated with occupational driving.”

    The study warns that despite the high level of driving-for-work fatalities, the figures are probably an under-estimate, due to shortcomings in data-gathering.

    Other study findings:

    • It is not known how many people drive for work;
    • Reimbursement to employees for miles driven is a ‘disincentive’ to reduce mileage;
    • There are no reliable statistics on the number of workers using their own car for work;
    • It is unknown how many of the rising number of gig workers use their own vehicles, how far they drive or how many hours they work;
    • In interviews with stakeholders, participants said that in the gig economy, all ‘corporate risks’ were passed to individuals, and that this employment model was ‘shrouded in confusion’.
    • Participants said that lack of awareness among stakeholders was a ‘major barrier’ to road safety being addressed.

    “There is a lack of ownership and management of the problem among some key stakeholders,” concludes the study, which calls for ‘better leadership’ and much closer monitoring of work-related road casualties.

    Download the Report

    Study authors: Heather Ward and Nicola Christie (UCL), Bruce Walton (Agilysis). For more information, contact: Adrian Walsh, Exec Director RoadSafe 07887 552708 

  • 19 Nov 2020 00:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Men’s mental health is a significant issue: 75% of all UK suicides are male
    • Van and truck drivers are a key demographic who are likely to have poor mental health: Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45, and the majority of commercial vehicle drivers are male and under the age of 50
    • 20,000 CALM Driver information packs produced for businesses to support commercial van and truck drivers and over half have already been taken up
    • Yodel, JM Hall Couriers, Murphy Group, Bott and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) have already pledged their support

    This International Men’s Day, England International rugby starJoe Marler is challenging the stigma around mental health among those who drive for work.

    As part of the CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) Driver campaign, Joe Marler has created a special video aimed at van and truck drivers to support them during these challenging times.

    Every week 125 people in the UK take their own life and 75% of all UK suicides are male. In particular, men under 45 – the majority of van and truck drivers – are the most at-risk of suicide. Nonetheless, van and truck drivers of all ages are prone to poor mental health due to unpredictable journey times, traffic congestion, tight deadlines, a high workload, and lack of social interaction which could exacerbate their mental health problems.

    Driving for Better Business has produced 20,000 driver information packs for employers to place in their vehicles. The packs contain a flyer and stickers to go inside commercial vehicles, making drivers aware of CALM’s free and confidential helpline and webchat for anyone who needs to talk about the issues they are facing.

    To help promote the packs to employers, Driving for Better Business commissioned award-winning comedian and mental health advocate John Ryan to write and produce a short video “Man v Van” using humour to impress on drivers that checking their own mental health daily is just as important as checking their vehicle.

    The CALM Driver campaign has already secured the support of both large and small fleets and courier companies. Out of the initial production run of 20,000 packs, over half have already been ordered by businesses whose staff drive for work, such as Auto Electrical Services – a small fleet in Newport – and Yodel which has ordered 5,500 vehicle packs for their drivers.

    Other supporters of the campaign include the Murphy Group, Bott, and JM Hall Couriers – one of Amazon’s largest delivery service providers. CALM Driver also has the backing of the Road Haulage Association – the UK’s only trade organisation dedicated to road freight transport – which is promoting the initiative to its members.

    The CALM Driver campaign is a collaboration between Driving for Better Business – the government-backed Highways England programme that promotes better management of those who drive for work and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

    More information about the CALM Driver campaign and resources are available at: www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/CALMdriver.

    Commenting on the campaign, Simon Turner, Campaign Manager, Driving for Better Business said: “With a surge in online retail, there have been increased pressures on drivers to fulfil these extra orders, making their journeys longer and even more alone. These working conditions can increase the likelihood of mental health struggles and suicide. Supporting drivers’ mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, isn’t just morally the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense, helping to keep operations running smoothly, and drivers safe and healthy.”

    Mark Cartwright, Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention, Highways England said: “Drivers who get behind the wheel when they are exhausted, unwell or distracted by personal issues are less effective and more likely to be involved in an incident; the importance of mental health cannot be underestimated. We urge anyone in this situation – and business leaders - to seek out the support available and we’re grateful to Driving for Better Business and CALM for highlighting this important issue.”

    Andrew Brown, Business Development Director, CALM said: “We are proud to be working with Highways England and Driving for Better Business on the CALM Driver campaign to help people who drive for work, where sadly the impact of suicide is particularly acute.”

    “CALM can help van and truck drivers in several ways. Firstly, we provide frontline crisis support for those in need with our helpline and webchat service, operated by fully trained staff, open from 5 pm to midnight every day. CALM also continually campaigns for societal change, aiming to create a more open culture in which men don’t feel constrained by the societal stereotypes of bottling up their emotions and feeling uncomfortable seeking help.”

    “With the CALM Driver campaign, we hope to get van and truck drivers involved in open and honest conversations about mental health with both their employers and their fellow employees.”

    Click here for more information on the free vehicle packs
  • 15 Nov 2020 15:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Covid-19 has had terrible consequences. It has also turned the transport agenda upside-down, showing that major change is possible, necessary and desirable. The government is now investing in healthy, sustainable, active modes of travel, and safety is crucial to encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

    A report published today calls on the government to adopt new analysis that highlights the road users that most put others’ lives at risk.

    The report shows that, put simply: pedestrians and cyclists rarely kill other road users while motor vehicles do, in large numbers. It also shows that road users are much more likely to be killed in a car, or by a car, than any other mode.

    What kills most on the roads? New analysis for the new transport agenda from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) shows, using clear graphics and charts, that:

    For 100 pedestrians killed

    • 65 deaths involved a car
    • 11 involved a lorry
    • 7 involved a van and
    • 6 involved a bus

    For 100 cyclists killed

    • 48deaths involved a car
    • 12 involved a lorry
    • 7 involved a van and
    • and 14 involved no other vehicle

    For 100 motorcyclist killed

    • 33 involved a car
    • 5 involved a lorry
    • 5 involved a van
    • 12 involved no other vehicle

    Cutting the data another way, the report highlights

    In every 100 crashes, of those killed by HGV

    • 42 were in cars
    • 20 were walking
    • 11 were motorcyclists
    • 7 were cyclists
    • 6 were in vans
    • 4 were also in an HGV

    In every 100 crashes, of those killed by a car

    • 42 were walking
    • 30 were also in a car
    • 16 were on a motorcycle
    • 7 were on a bicycle

    Government statistics from the Department of Transport (DfT) can tie even the most seasoned road safety professional in knots. Data can be open to misunderstanding which in turn can lead to poor policy decisions.

    David Davies, PACTS Executive Director, said: “This new style of report shows road danger as well as vulnerability. It highlights the overall risks involved with different modes of transport, including the risks posed to others.

    “We hope the DfT will include this form of analysis in its future publications, leading to a better understanding not only by experts but also by politicians and media of the sources of road danger and how forward-thinking polices on active travel can be achieved in parallel with ambitious road safety objectives.”

    Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of PACTS says, in the foreword to the report: “To bring about change we need good research, delivered with passion in language that connects with people, politicians and pundits. We must not be afraid to talk in plain terms about the dangers on the road and who is affected most.

    “Today, we face multiple challenges the greatest of which is sustainability – for our communities, our economy and our planet environment. We must show that road safety and danger reduction are critical to these other agendas and can be integrated with them. PACTS will make a major contribution to the new agenda.”

    The full report, What kills most on the roads? New analysis for the new transport agenda is available here

    PACTS Report: What kills most on the roads? | PACTS

  • 13 Nov 2020 10:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is the most extreme crash test ever executed by Volvo Cars, and a crucial one. Extrication specialists often use cars crashed at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre to hone their life-saving skills.

    To allow rescue services to prepare for any possible crash scenario and to simulate the forces that erupt in the most extreme crashes, beyond what can be simulated with ordinary crash testing, Volvo Cars recently took equally extreme measures. For the first time, it dropped several new Volvos multiple times from a crane, from a height of 30 metres.

    This approach helped create enough damage to adequately simulate the damage found in the most extreme crash scenarios: think of single-car accidents at very high speed, accidents whereby a car hits a truck at high speed, or accidents whereby a car takes a severe hit from the side.

    In such situations, people inside the car are likely to be in a critical condition. Therefore, the priority is to get people out of the car and to a hospital as quickly as possible, using hydraulic rescue tools known in the industry as the ‘jaws of life’. Extrication specialists often talk about the golden hour: they need to release and get a patient to the hospital within one hour after the accident has happened.

    “We have been working closely together with the Swedish rescue services for many years,” says Håkan Gustafson, a senior investigator with the Volvo Cars Traffic Accident Research Team. “That is because we have the same goal: to have safer roads for all. We hope no one ever needs to experience the most severe accidents, but not all accidents can be avoided. So it is vital there are methods to help save lives when the most severe accidents do happen.”

    All findings from the crashes and the resulting extrication work will be collected in an extensive research report. This report will be made available free of use to rescue workers elsewhere, allowing them to benefit from the findings and further develop their life-saving capabilities.

    Usually, rescue workers get their training vehicles from scrapyards. But these cars are often up to two decades old. And in terms of steel strength, safety cage construction and overall durability, there is a vast difference between modern cars and those built 15 to 20 years ago. And new Volvos are made of some of the hardest steel found in modern cars.

    This makes it crucial for rescue workers to constantly update their familiarity with newer car models and review their processes in order to develop new extrication techniques. In other words, these training sessions can mean the difference between life and death. So at the request of the rescue services, Volvo Cars decided to step things up a notch.

    “Normally we only crash cars in the laboratory, but this was the first time we dropped them from a crane,” says Håkan Gustafson. “We knew we would see extreme deformations after the test, and we did this to give the rescue team a real challenge to work with.”

    A total of 10 Volvos, of different models, were dropped from the crane several times. Before the drop, Volvo Cars safety engineers made exact calculations about how much pressure and force each car needed to be exposed to in order to reach the desired level of damage.

  • 19 Oct 2020 12:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have your say on making activities like taking photos and playing games on hand-held mobile phones illegal while driving.

    The government has launched a new public consultation to close a loophole in the current legislation on mobile phone use which driving which currently means those taking photos and playing games on hand-held mobile while driving often escape punishment, as such actions aren’t seen as ‘interactive communication’, and therefore don't fit within the current definition of the offence.

    Having reviewed the offence, the new consultation will aim to bring the law into line with modern technology.

    Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

    "Our roads are some of the safest in the world, but we want to make sure they’re safer still by bringing the law into the 21st century. That’s why we’re looking to strengthen the law to make using a hand-held phone while driving illegal in a wider range of circumstances – it’s distracting and dangerous and for too long risky drivers have been able to escape punishment but this update will mean those doing the wrong thing will face the full force of the law."

    National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, said:

    "Using a mobile phone while driving is incredibly dangerous and being distracted at the wheel can change lives forever. Police will take robust action against those using a hand-held mobile phone illegally and proposals to make the law clearer are welcome."

    The consultation proposes

    • broadening the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving so that it captures standalone mode functions as well as the existing interactive communication functions.
    • to introduce a new exemption to the using a hand-held mobile phone while driving offence to allow drivers to make contactless payments using a mobile phone at appropriate locations, for example at drive through food outlets.

    These changes, if implemented, will need to be reflected in The Highway Code, and the consultation document includes the suggested revised wording.

    Useful Links

    Read the full government announcement

    Download the Consultation document

    Respond online

    Download and complete a response form

    The law and penalties for using mobile phones while driving

    More on driving and mobile phones

  • 30 Sep 2020 14:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    #ProjectEDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) is a national road safety campaign which, this year, focused on Driving for Work. A week of activity ran during the week 14-18 September, which was led by the Association for Road Risk Management (ARRM) and Highways England through their Driving for Better Business Campaign.

    A major factor in this success was the collaboration between the organisations behind EDWARD; the amazing generosity of our sponsors; the fantastic resources from everyone who provided venues and content for our road trip, the fact that nearly every single police force in the UK and their roads policing units supported EDWARD; and all the individuals who contributed to that success with their social media activity... All of that went way beyond what we thought we could achieve when we started.

    The campaign brought together key collaboration partners including DfT, DVSA, NPCC, Transport Scotland, UKROEd and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

    Additionally, over 20 private companies provided the content and marketing support needed to make the campaign a success. Special thanks to Chris Spinks from Westcotec, Neil Worth from GEM Motoring Assist, Colin Paterson from DriveTech, Ean Lewin from D.tec International and Caroline Burnell from Mercedes-Benz Vans for their financial and moral support throughout #ProjectEDWARD.

    ARRM’s traditional links with the emergency services provided a great base, and the decision to focus #ProjectEDWARD on ‘Driving for Work’ activities made it a great fit.

    The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of the risks in driving for work; the responsibilities of both drivers and employers to ensure it is done safely; publicise the work of the police in combatting common offences committed by commercial drivers; and to share information that might cause both drivers and employers to think harder about how they operate.

    Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport said:

    “Every Day Without A Road Death is this year supported by the Driving for Better Business programme. The programme aims to raise awareness of the important responsibilities shared by those who drive for work and their employers, to clearly show the vital role they can play in ensuring safety on our roads. I am pleased to see that this new collaborative project is receiving such widespread support across the whole of the UK.”

    The incredible reach of the #ProjectEDWARD campaign shows that we managed to communicate this to millions of road users. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make that success possible, and especially to ARRM Fellow James Luckhurst whose imagination and tireless efforts over the past year made it all possible!

    We're now starting to plan next year's activity and our main objective will be to involve the other emergency services to the same level as the police were this year. To this end we have already presented to the NFCC and the APCC and are in discussions to involve the ambulance service and traffic officers too.

    For a full review of the activities and reach of this year’s campaign, download the report below.

    Useful Links

    Download the #ProjectEDWARD 2020 Report

    Review the #ProjectEDWARD virtual road trip and resources

  • 24 Aug 2020 10:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Project EDWARD is back and, in 2020, is being run by ARRM in collaboration with Highways England, the police, and a number of valued supporters.

    Project EDWARD, the brainchild of long standing ARRM member and Fellow, James Luckhust, started in 2016 as European Day Without A Road Death, being promoted as part of the old TISPOL calendar.

    For 2020, the project has evolved into EVERY Day Without A Road Death and will focus on those who drive for work. The campaign will be delivered in association with police forces across the UK as well as Highways England through their Driving for Better Business Campaign.

    It will also support the One Road, One Week campaign of police enforcement activity to be held 14th – 18th September, where forces across the country will be running compliance activities that specifically target those who drive for work.

    In previous years, Project EDWARD has involved a live road trip, visiting stakeholders and road safety projects. This year, we are obviously constrained by coronavirus restrictions so we have put together a packed ‘virtual’ road trip with 20 stops showcasing some important initiatives, insight into some of the key road safety challenges, and useful tips for both those who drive for work, and those who manage them.

    Safety measures permitting, we will still be able to make a few ‘live’ stops on our trip, reporting on activities happening during the week and speaking to some of the people involved. We’ll be doing this in our brand new Project EDWARD branded Vito van, kindly loaned to us by Mercedes-Benz Vans.

    Our thanks also go to the following companies who have provided financial support for Project EDWARD to ensure we can reach as many people as possible.

    Westcotec, GEM Motoring Assist, DriveTech, D.Tec International and Mercedes-Benz Vans

    The will be a big push throughout September with the hashtag #ProjectEDWARD so please follow the activities on social media to see where we’ve been and where we’re going next. And please join in, comment and share as widely as possible.

    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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