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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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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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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 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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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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With the clocks moving forward, Brake and GEM Motoring Assist are calling on the Government to make it ‘Lighter Later’ all year round to help to reduce road causalities.

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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 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

 

Bury Test Centre

Mar
2012
15

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DSA has had a blip with booking tests at Bury.  The centre is opening on 30th March and a couple of bookings have already been accepted, but DSA say the problem with online booking should be resolved within the next 24 hours, so just keep trying!

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