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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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Company car drivers go slow to save fuel

The importance of fuel efficiency is is becoming a greater concern to all drivers but more importantly to business users a  recent survey found, almost two out of three company car users drive slower as a result of high fuel prices, while a fifth actively try to limit their mileage. According to ALD Automotive, of the 1000 UK business drivers surveyed, 50% shop around for the cheapest fuel available, 65% drive slower and more smoothly in an effort to save fuel and 20% drive fewer miles.

‘It‘s no surprise that drivers are taking additional steps to save fuel, whether it be through shopping around for the cheapest price, or changing their driving behavior can play in helping reduce fuel consumption.’ The average UK fuel price is at a record high of £142.42/litre for petrol and £147.84/litre for diesel.

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More driving test candidates to benefit from better local services

Driving test candidates across the country are set to benefit from a more convenient service as the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) extends a trial exploring a new approach to test delivery.

As well as using conventional driving test centres, the DSA has been looking at whether practical driving tests can be delivered from other venues such as local authority buildings, hotels or leisure centres.

This new approach is currently being trialled at eight locations, and following positive feedback from candidates and instructors, the DSA now plans to extend the scheme to five more areas across the country.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“We have to be more flexible and innovative in delivering driving tests to make sure that we are offering people the best service possible wherever they live and I am delighted that these first trials have proved successful.

“We are now extending the trial so that more candidates will be able to benefit from a service that is convenient as well as being cost effective.”

The DSA plans to further develop this model and extend the scheme across areas in and surrounding: Watford, Manchester, Kettering, Glasgow and Worcester. In each area, DSA will look to identify a number of locations where there is sufficient demand for local test provision. Tests could be provided from local authority buildings, or from local businesses such as hotels or retail outlets.

As part of the longer term planning for driving test delivery, the DSA is looking for opportunities to work in partnership with the private sector across the country. Tests will still be conducted by DSA examiners, but the agency is inviting businesses who may be interested in providing premises for delivering driving tests to register their interest. A Prior Information Notice is being published in the Official Journal of the European Union and the agency hopes to attract interest from a wide section of the business community.

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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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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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Just to say well done to Ged Bland on passing his driving test today, again at Cheetham Hill Test Centre. Safe Driving and be careful on the roads.

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Tougher rules to prevent trainee instructors from teaching and to allow L Drivers on motorways have been announced by the road safety minister. Under the plans it will be possible for learner drivers to undergo some training on a motorway, however it will not be made compulsory because of the difficulties learners in remote areas of the country might have in gaining access to a motorway. Also Mr Penning stated that he plans to ban trainee driving instructors from giving lessons unless they are also supervised by a fully qualified instructor.

I totally agree with allowing L Drivers on motorways with a qualified instructor to get valuable experience, but if you look at the roads around Bury and Bolton we are extremely lucky to have dual carriageways with slip roads e.g. ST Peters Way in Bolton and also the Haslingden by-pass from Bury/Edenfield up to Rawtenstall, part of which is where the  national speed limit applies, so really there is no excuse while learning to drive, that some of these roads cannot be used to get some experience now.

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To improve standards of the courses offered to drink-driving offenders and the way they are approved. The proposals are also intended to encourage more training providers to become more involved in delivering the DDRS courses. In 2010 there was 1850 deaths on the roads and 250 (14%) were linked to drink-driving offences.

I would be interested to know if the statics could be broken down to individual areas e.g. Bury, Bolton, Haslingden, Prestwich etc,  if anyone can help I would be most grateful.

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David Stewart MSP, led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 7th September about the introduction of graduated driving licences for Scotland. The scheme could include restrictions on newly qualified drivers from driving at certain times of the night or carrying passengers of a similar age. A study conducted by Cardiff university found that the scheme could save more than 200 lives and result in 1700 fewer causalities.

I do believe this is a step forward in trying to reduce road causalities, there are no restrictions on a newly qualified driver to what car they can drive,which roads they can use, what time they can drive, who they can drive with or  how long they can drive for  but think of the regulations we demand and quite rightly on professional drivers e.g. HGV, Bus drivers and the restrictions which is imposed on them with all their experience.

I would be interested in any comments from the people of Bury and Bolton about this?

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The institute of advanced motorist (IAM)  have called on the insurance companies  to look at how they calculate insurance premiums for young drivers. The IAM state that if young drivers are being priced off the roads due to the high cost of insurance premiums, then how can they gain the experience necessary to drive on the roads which could put them and other road users at risk.

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