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One of Britain’s most iconic publications is undergoing a digital revolution today as Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, marks the Highway Code’s 81st year by launching it as an interactive app for smartphones.

The best-seller’s technological transformation will make it even easier for road users to keep up to date with the rules of the road.

Much of the Highway Code’s content has changed considerably since its launch in 1931. For example mirrors were not even mentioned in the first edition and drivers were advised to sound their horn when overtaking.

It is already free to read online, can be downloaded as an ebook and there are also Facebook and Twitter accounts offering regular topical reminders.

Now a new app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will make it even easier to keep up to date with the rules of the road through a more intuitive, interactive format.

It includes the complete contents of the Highway Code with a search facility making it easy to find rules and information. There are also interactive features like quizzes, a stopping distance calculator and a tool to help users identify road signs.

The Official Highway Code app is available on iTunes.

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It  has been reported on the national BBC News that,

Drug-driving is set to become a specific offence in England and Wales, with a potential jail term and fine, under a new law expected in the Queen’s Speech

Currently police have to show that driving had been impaired by drugs in order to prosecute, but under the new law it will automatically be an offence to drive with certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of specified limits.  The government believes the law change will make it easier to prosecute.

The proposed law is to be included in the Crime, Communications and Court Bill. Offenders could face a jail term and fine of up to £5,000 as well as an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.

Police will use a hand-held drug detection devices, which will take a saliva sample, as well as a breathalyser. The Home Office is expected to approve the devices by the end of this year. The exact drugs covered by the offence and the specified limits for each will be decided following advice from the expert panel and public consultation.

David Cameron, prime minister, said: “We want to do for drug-driving what drink-driving laws have done for driving under the influence of alcohol.

“That’s why we’re doing what we can to get drugalysers rolled out more quickly.”

Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: “Drug-drivers are a deadly menace – they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do. The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive whilst under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.

“This measure will help to rid our roads of the irresponsible minority who would risk the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians.”

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I have just been to the Bury Driving Test Centre open day, it was great to see and have a chat with  the local driving examiners again, a couple who I haven’t seen since December 2010 !!  We were shown around the refurbished test centre and explained what had happened to close it in the first place, it is good to have it  up and running again.

David Heathcote

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Bury Driving  Test Centre is to have an open day on the 30th March betwwen 9.30 to 11.30, all ADI’s and candidates who would like to see the full refurbishment or discuss any local issues are most welcome.

I will definitely be going !

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I have received another update from my local MP Mr Ivan Lewis concerning Bury Test Centre. GOOD NEWS !!

I now have a letter from Mike Penning MP , Parliamentary Under Secretary State Department for Transport he writes;

I am writing to confirm that Bury Driving Test Centre is scheduled to reopen on 30th March.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was forced to close Bury DTC after a burst pipe caused extensive damage. The DSA decided to improve the facilities at the Bury DTC at the same time as carrying out repairs to the building.

Bury Driving Test Centre is now more energy efficient, with better insulation, double glazing and motion sensitive lighting. I am confident your constituents will find the new centre a great improvement.

Well at last we now have a definite opening date for Bury DTC,  I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you again  to Mr Ivan Lewis MP for all of his help with this matter.

David Heathcote

 

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I have received a letter today from Ivan Lewis MP  updating me on the latest news concerning Bury Test Centre.

The Driving Standards Agency have now awarded the contract for the necessary works at Bury Test Centre on the 16th Feburary 2012. The work is expected to start by the end of Feburary and should be completed by end of March, and therefore DSA expect to reopen Bury DTC at the end of March or very early April.

Again I would like to thank Mr Ivan Lewis MP for the  help with this matter, lets hope this is now going to happen its been a long wait.

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A report in the Bury Times Newspaper dated 16th February 2012 states that the  Driving Standards Agency are now confirming the Bury Test Centre should be re-opened during the month of March.

Lets hope  this is going to be the case after such a long wait ! I will keep you informed with any future news.

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I have been in contact again with my local MP Mr Ivan Lewis concerning Bury Test Centre, and I have  received another letter from him to inform me that due to the lack of work of work being carried out at Bury Test Centre, he is now again writing to the Chief Executive of Driving Standards Agency (DSA) asking for an update on the work and a likely completion date. Again many thanks for his effort in this matter, please check again for further news.

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Well done to Daniel Medows who passed his driving test  first time today at Bolton Test Centre with only one driver fault!!  Safe driving and be careful on the roads.

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Well done to Patrick Prince on passing his driving test first time  today at Bolton Test Centre. Safe Driving and be careful on the roads

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