Learner drivers to pay less for theory tests from October 2014

The cost of car and motorcycle theory tests will drop from £31 to £25 in October 2014, and then to £23 in October 2015.

The cost of the driving theory test will be cut by 25%, saving learner drivers in excess of £100 million over the next 9 years, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond announced today (23 June 2014).

The fee for car and motorcycle theory tests will fall by £6 in October 2014, taking the cost of a test from £31 to £25, with a further drop of £2 in October 2015.

Theory test fees for other categories of vehicle will also be reduced. The changes have been confirmed following a public consultation.

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Learner drivers to pay less for theory tests from October 2014

The cost of car and motorcycle theory tests will drop from £31 to £25 in October 2014, and then to £23 in October 2015.

The cost of the driving theory test will be cut by 25%, saving learner drivers in excess of £100 million over the next 9 years, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond announced today (23 June 2014).

The fee for car and motorcycle theory tests will fall by £6 in October 2014, taking the cost of a test from £31 to £25, with a further drop of £2 in October 2015.

Theory test fees for other categories of vehicle will also be reduced. The changes have been confirmed following a public consultation.

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Near-miss accidents common on school run say parents

Over two fifths (41%) of parents in a survey for a transport charity say their child has had a near-miss traffic accident going to or from school.

Road safety is a bigger concern for parents than “stranger danger”, suggests the survey for the sustainable transport group, Sustrans.

Some 470 parents of five to 11-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales were questioned.

Sustrans wants speed limits reduced to 20mph in all built-up areas.

It wants local authorities to ring-fence part of their budget to build dedicated cycling and walking routes to school. And it wants any new housing developments to take into account the needs of walkers and cyclists.

Safer routes

The charity is asking supporters to write to their MPs to urge changes to transport policy to make cycling and walking to school safer.

Sustrans says the most recent government figures on road deaths and injuries show that in 2012, across England, Wales and Scotland, 33 children under the age of 16 died in accidents while walking or cycling and more than 1,800 were seriously injured.

“If a whole classroom of children had been killed under other circumstances there would be public outcry,” said Sustrans chief executive Malcolm Shepherd.

“With today’s children the least physically active in history and set to have shorter life expectancies than their parents… shuttling kids to the school gate in the car is not the answer.

“Giving children the opportunity to walk, scoot or cycle the school run is vital to their health and well-being, so making our roads safe enough that they can do this must be a top priority,” said Mr Shepherd.

Of the parents who took part in the survey, some 18% said their child had experienced a vehicle not stopping or stopping too late at a pedestrian crossing, 13% said their child had nearly been hit by a speeding vehicle while crossing the road and 5% said their child had actually been hit.

Some 44% said road safety was their biggest concern, compared with 28% whose main worry was strangers.

The survey suggested that in a typical week some 61% of children would walk or cycle to or from school at some point, most of them with their parents or another adult.

‘Life and death’

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “Most drivers know that keeping to the speed limit can mean the difference between life and death in a collision and that they should always remain mindful of pedestrians, especially around schools where children are crossing.

“We want people to drive in a safe manner at all times, which is why we recently increased the fixed penalty to £100 for several driving offences, including careless driving, and why we have given local councils more flexibility so that it is cheaper and easier for them to implement 20mph limits and zones.

“We are also encouraging councils to think about cyclists when designing new road schemes and they can also install safer Puffin crossings to detect when pedestrians have safely crossed.”

The Local Government Association said keeping children safe on the school run was of “paramount importance” to councils.

Cllr Peter Box, chairman of the body’s Economy and Transport Board said many councils had already introduced 20mph speed limits around schools and were investing in cycling and walking despite funding cuts.

He said many head teachers had asked their councils to introduce CCTV camera cars around their schools to tackle drivers parking on zig-zag lines or pavements, forcing children and parents with buggies to walk in the road.

“Plans by the government to ban the use of CCTV cars in this way will do nothing to solve the real problem of safety outside our schools that this alarming survey clearly highlights and will only leave school children further at risk.”

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Could an ISA be the Answer to Reducing Car Accidents

ISA stands for Intelligent Speed Adaptation, and in essence, is new technology capable of controlling the speed of a car. Three variations of the technology are planned, including a version that would make it impossible to break the speed limit.

Accident Advice Helpline
ISA is a new technology capable of controlling the speed of a car
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 2 September 2013

So is this the answer to reducing the number of injuries resulting from collisions on our roads?
Ground-breaking technology in the form of Intelligent Speed Adaptation, or ISA, is being developed to try to improve road safety in the UK. There are three variations of ISA with different levels of driver control. Supporters of the technology assert that it will help to reduce the number of accidents and injuries on our roads.
The three variations of ISA are:
Advisory – letting the driver know the speed limit and advising them if the limit is exceeded
Controlling – making it impossible to break the speed limit as the technology is hard wired into the vehicle
Discretionary – allowing the driver to switch between the 2 options above, or switch off the system altogether
Advocates of the technology suggest that the advisory and discretionary versions offer a ‘back-up’ so that the driver is always aware of the speed limit, and is more likely to remain within it.
A spokesperson from top accident compensation specialist, the Accident Advice Helpline, said,
“On the face of it, this new technology is capable of preventing accidents caused by speeding. The advisory and discretionary options seem to be the most likely ones to be adopted here, and could provide a welcome reminder to drivers of the current speed limits, which are in the process of changing on our local roads.”
An AA survey has revealed that of more than 17,000 people questioned, ‘61% of drivers said they would use a device to stop them exceeding the speed limit if one was fitted to their car.’ This suggests that the ‘discretionary’ ISA would be popular in the UK, with control over the technology remaining with the driver.
The Accident Advice Helpline is an accident compensation specialist law firm who has been in business for over a decade. The company offers legal advice and support to anyone thinking of making a no-fault claim against a third party, and their helpline number is 0800 6897 221.

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Latest News from the Driving World

Here are some news features on my website this week.

IAM Issues tips for young drivers.

http://www.kathleensom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=725

 

Gloucestershire dad slapped with £1k fine for W1 LDN number plate on Bentley

http://www.kathleensom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=724

 

5% of Adults are involved in RTA in 2012

http://www.kathleensom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=723

Regular Eye Tests For Drivers Could Save Lives

http://www.kathleensom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=722

5 Women Share 158 tests

http://www.kathleensom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=721

 

Interpreter who helped drivers cheat on driving test is jailed

http://www.kathleensom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=720

 

Happy Reading!

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