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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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DSA is making changes to the independent driving.  Examiners will no longer be showing the candidate a map  when giving direction instructions.  If the candidate wants to see the map they should ask the examiner to see it.
Any Comments from learner drivers from Bury  and Bolton ?

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The new online driver enquiry service, developed by DSA, has just been launched to allow lorry, bus and coach drivers working towards Driver CPC to go online to check records of the periodic training they’ve done.

Lorry, bus and coach drivers can access the service 24 hours a day, which provides a clear and simple online record, showing:

  • the driver’s Driver CPC qualification expiry date (bus and coach and / or lorry)
  • details of each training course completed

Drivers can register to use the service at direct.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc

Benefits

The service also allows drivers to give current or prospective employers temporary access to their training records – allowing them to confirm how much periodic training the driver has completed in their five year cycle.

This online service should also benefit trainers by reducing the need for them to respond to individual driver and operator enquiries.

Uploading training records

It should only take up to five days from course completion for a driver’s training record to be updated.

If you’re a trainer, it’s important to get records added within this period.

If you’re a driver and your record hasn’t been updated within this time, you should contact your trainer directly. If you don’t get a satisfactory response from them, you should then raise this with DSA viadcpc.complaints@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

Linking to the service

If you’re a trainer or employer and want to add a button to your website that links to this service, you can do so using the attached graphic.

You can also add the following message to the training certificate you issue at the end of your training course – helping to raise awareness of the service:

Link button for enquiry service
“Check your periodic training has been recorded atdirect.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc

 

Mobile Phones Ban

Apr
2012
20

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3M Case Study Mobile Phones

Since introducing a ban on the use of mobile phones whilst driving, 3M has monitored employees’ attitudes on an annual basis.

A survey conducted three months after the ban was introduced indicated a swing in employees’ attitude. When the ban was first introduced, 56 per cent of staff did not welcome it. Just three months later, less than half (41 per cent) said they did not like it. By June 2011 negative sentiment stood at 35 per cent.

The most recent survey (which was anonymous) showed 49 per cent of employees complying with the policy fully; 46 per cent ‘most of the time’ and 5 per cent ignoring it. The results showed real signs that the safety message was getting through. When asked their reasons for complying with the new rules, 6 per cent said it was because they thought using a mobile phone while driving was a dangerous distraction and could lead to an accident.

The survey also indicated that the ban had tracked through to 3M employees’ personal lives. 43 per cent said that they already avoided using their personal phone while driving – but since the work ban a further 48 per cent had either stopped or reduced the practice

I think more companies who adopt this approach is only going improve road safety but also improve their public image which is the best form of advertisement, any companies needing any  advice concerning  training for their drivers please contact Heathcote Driver Training of Bury.

 

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Following an initial meeting last November at Driving for Better Business Champion Michelin, The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership with support from theStaffordshire Business and Environment Network has launched a county-wide network of businesses which put managing road risk high on their agendas.  Now following a successful workshop held at JCB, Some thirty local businesses have agreed to work together to improve their internal programmes for managing those who drive for work.

Central to the launch event was a workshop led by four Driving for Better Business champion companies, ArvalBT, Enterprise and Langleys. The event also provided delegates an opportunity to try out the DOC diagnostic software programme also being used by a number of leading international companies including Shell.

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The Guardian promotes International Road Safety

In partnership with the Road Safety Fund, The Guardian will feature a new road safety section within its Global Development website. The ‘development and road safety’ site will focus on providing compelling reporting, discussion and debate on the growing global road deaths epidemic.

The Guardian’s Global Development website will feature news articles, comment and analysis content, multimedia, data reporting and social media coverage.

A key aim of the website is to help sustain momentum for action to improve global road safety by holding governments, international institutions, the donor community, NGOs and the private sector to account for the implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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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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The Government is to press ahead with trialling the 80mph speed limit on up to seven sections of the UK’s motorway network (MSN).

Justine Greening, transport secretary, has announced plans to test a “condition-dependent” limit similar to that in place in other European countries. According to MSN, ministers are using the French motorway system as an example where a lower limit is applied in poor driving conditions.The variable 80mph limit will be applied through electronic signage on parts of the M25, M1, M6, M42 and M20.According to the MSN article, safety cameras will be used to enforce the new trial speed, without the normal amount of leeway for drivers exceeding the limit. Police guidelines usually state a “10% plus 2mph” margin, which would enable drivers to travel at 90mph without prosecution.It is likely that the variable 80mph limit will only be used on motorways with three or more lanes,Mike Penning, road safety minister, said:“The argument, which will be in the public consultation, is what we enforce over 80mph. The answer will be that 80mph will be the speed limit, and not, as we interpret it today, perhaps 90mph.”

MSN says that a study looking at the potential for introducing an 80mph limit, including details of the proposed pilot scheme, will be published in early summer.

I will keep the drivers of Bury and Bolton updated.

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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.

Rural Driving risk

Feb
2012
25

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Road Safety Analysis, specialists in examining road casualty trends, has published new evidence to show that risk levels for young drivers varies according to where they live. The key finding of the report issued on 10 February shows that rural young drivers are 37% more likely to be involved in an injury collision than their urban counterparts. A table comparing risk of collision involvement each year by local authority area also shows the risk rate for young drivers living in each area.
Young drivers throughout the country are already more likely to be involved in a crash with 30% of all motor vehicle drivers involved in collisions  aged between 16 and 29 years old, yet this age group only made up 18% of the population .  This report calculates that young rural drivers are two-thirds more likely to be involved in an injury collision than their older neighbours.

Road Safety Analysis, specialists in examining road casualty trends, has published new evidence to show that risk levels for young drivers varies according to where they live. The key finding of the report issued on 10 February shows that rural young drivers are 37% more likely to be involved in an injury collision than their urban counterparts. A table comparing risk of collision involvement each year by local authority area also shows the risk rate for young drivers living in each area.
Young drivers throughout the country are already more likely to be involved in a crash with 30% of all motor vehicle drivers involved in collisions  aged between 16 and 29 years old, yet this age group only made up 18% of the population .  This report calculates that young rural drivers are two-thirds more likely to be involved in an injury collision than their older neighbours.

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