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News and views from around the road safety world, with contributions from partners, researchers and campaigners as well as Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.
Apr
26

Exempting telematics from IPT could make driving safer

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Vodafone has launched a new campaign, supported by Brake, which aims to make driving safer, cleaner and cheaper. New analysis has found that exempting vehicles that are fitted with telematics products from Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) could save drivers hundreds of pounds by incentivising them to drive slower and safer. Existing research already shows that there is a reduction of up to 76% in ‘safety-relevant events’ for younger drivers with telematics in their cars, demonstrating that this policy could have a real effect on improving road safety.

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Apr
15

Time for a ban on "hands free" phone use behind the wheel?

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Dr. Graham Hole (University of Sussex) & Dr. Gemma Briggs (Open University) set out their reasons why "hands free" driving is NOT "safe" driving and why they want an outright ban on drivers using mobile phones.

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Jan
08

Electric cars: charger safety

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As more electric cars hit the roads, Ian Beevis, from Clean Green Cars, provides some useful tips for charging them safely.

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Oct
24

Freight may not get a vote but people want it transferred to rail on safety grounds

 

Drivers want to see more freight transported by rail to improve safety, reduce congestion and lessen road damage, says Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager for the Campaign for Better Transport.

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Sep
05

Safer roads with automated vehicles?

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Increasing automation of cars and trucks could affect road safety and there are security vulnerabilities that need to be addressed, says Tom Voege, policy analyst at the International Transport Forum.

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