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  • In an effort to tackle congestion Highways England is looking into the possibility of installing traffic lights on the country’s motorways. A trial scheme worth £7 million is set to go live in December at the Croft Interchange between junction 21A of the M6 and junction 10 of the of the M62 near Warrington Cheshire. Despite the UK’s 2,300 miles of motorway only accounting for 1% of the road network, 21% of the nation’s collective 323 billion vehicle miles are travelled on motorways each year.

    The motorway traffic lights will be introduced at peak times along with reduced speed limits. If the trails are successful traffic lights will be installed on

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  • One of the new manoeuvres that the DVSA has planned to bring into the updated practical driving test, which will be implemented from 4th December, is ‘parking on the right’. This manoeuvre requires the driver to park up on the right side of the road (the opposite side), reverse for two car lengths and then re-join the traffic. This is something which is widely regarded as bad practice, but the DVSA believes that because it is something that happens on our roads quite often it is important that motorists know how to do it safely. However, many driving instructors believe that drivers should continue to be discouraged from carrying out this manoeuvre. Driving instructor,

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  • This year for its annual Road Safety Week, Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging drivers to slow down and keep Britain’s roads safe. This year’s mantra is ‘Speed Down Save Lives’. In its 2017 campaign the charity is asking drivers to make sure they adhere to the speed limits on all roads as this will give them the chance to respond to any possible hazard in time and avoid causing deaths and serious accidents. The charity is aware that a large number of traffic accidents occur on rural roads and it urges drivers to take extra care in these areas.

    The research that the charity conducted to support this year’s campaign revealed that

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  • The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is campaigning for drivers to have compulsory eyesight tests every ten years. To be permitted to drive motorists must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away and according to research conducted by the AOP, one in three optometrists have seen patients over the last month who continue to drive despite no longer meeting the minimum eyesight requirements. Under the current law, it is the responsibility of any driver under the age of 70 to report changes in their vision to the DVLA. Drivers who are over the age of 70 are legally required to make a declaration confirming that they are still fit to drive and this means that they must

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  • Disabled Motoring UK has awarded Tesco Extra Watford store with its Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA). Tesco is the first supermarket company to embrace the DPA and can now be proud to be the first supermarket to gain this prestigious certification mark.

    By embracing the DPA Tesco demonstrates that they support their disabled customers. Parking can often be the biggest hurdle to a disabled person living an independent life. Disabled customers who visit the Tesco Watford store can now feel confident that disabled parking will not be abused and if it is action will be taken to ensure that only Blue Badge holders can park in the designated disabled parking bays.

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  • Enable Holidays are award winning accessible holiday specialists for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. Enable Holidays offers you a choice of over 500 holidays in more than 50 overseas destinations in Europe and beyond. These range from self-drive short breaks, to great value Mediterranean beach holidays for all the family, adults-only hotels, private villas with pools, exotic tours and more. The experts at Enable will help you make the essential arrangements to meet your personal requirements. These include guaranteeing adapted rooms, liaising with airports, organising adapted transfers and providing in-resort assistance in many destinations.

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  • A new type of technically advanced pedestrian crossing which has the ability to respond to situations in ‘real time’ has been showcased in London. The crossing uses cameras to detect what is happening on the road, and depending on what the cameras see, an appropriately sized LED crossing appears on the road in front of the pedestrians who wish to cross. In the event that someone walks off the pavement unexpectedly a thick red line appears on the road instantly to warn drivers that they need to stop. On top of this, the ‘smart crossing’ is able to provide extra warnings to cyclists in the situations where pedestrians may be hidden from view by tall

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  • Within the next six months all new cars made by vehicle manufacturers in the UK will be able to automatically call the emergency services in the event of a crash. A number of car manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Vauxhall already have a similar system installed in many of their cars, but after next summer these systems will be a standard requirement, as a new EU law is set to be introduced.

    This regulation will be implemented across the UK and Europe. In European countries there will be a number of dedicated call centres set up to take these calls, but in the the UK BT will have the sole responsibility of dealing with them. The technology itself is called

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  • There are set to be a number of Zero Emissions Zones in the city centre of Oxford by 2020. There are also plans in place to enforce a city-wide ban on all fossil fuelled cars by 2035. In less than three years time all petrol and diesel powered cars, taxis and buses will be banned from driving on six main Oxford streets one of which will be Queen Street, one of the busiest streets in the city. It is predicted that this scheme will cost bus operators, taxi firms and haulage companies millions of pounds. However, Oxford City Council predicts that it will reduce carbon dioxide levels by up to 74% in the worst affected areas. Oxford City Council is looking to launch a six week

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  • Sir Herbert William Massie, better known as Bert Massie, sadly passed away on Sunday the 15th October, he was one of Britain’s hardest working disability rights campaigners.  He started focusing his energy on improving the lives of disabled people at a young age. When he was 16 years old Bert was told by a careers advisor that because he was a wheelchair user he was not employable. It was this cold dismissal of his talents that made him determined to change the way society viewed disabled people. Knowing that he wouldn’t be able to have much success as a campaigner without any academic qualifications, and feeling completely let down by the education system, he

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