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As expected, the Queen’s Speech included plans for legislation to make drug driving a specific offence – but the IAM and ABD have both urged that the new law is used to detect impairment rather than simply prosecute drug users. 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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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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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 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.

Bury Rural Roads

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2012
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Research have found that  Young drivers living in rural areas are 37% more likely to be involved in an injury collision than their urban counterparts, according to a new report.

There are a lot of very good examples of these types of roads around the Bury and Bolton area, so getting valuable experience on these roads while actually learning to drive is quite easy, and should be included in a properly structured course of driving lessons.

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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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