road safety

E-scooter tech 'prevents footway riding in real time'


Electric transportation firm Bird has announced new ‘smart sidewalk protection' technology which aims to prevent e-scooters and other micromobility devices being used on footways and footpaths.

TfL recognises new operator for FORS


Transport for London has appointed Sopra Steria to run the FORS fleet accreditation scheme in a deal worth £45m.

Aberdeen crossings get safety upgrade


Aberdeen City Council has struck a deal with Manchester-based technology firm TWM Traffic Control Systems to upgrade the city’s pedestrian crossing network.

Mixed signals over motorway repairs


National Highways has said it will fix faults with overhead gantry signals on a smart motorway section of the M62, which occurred more than a month ago, ‘as soon as possible’, but did not give a timescale.

E-scooters add to vulnerable road user casualties


A leading road safety charity has called on the Government ‘to make up its mind now’ to drive down injuries on UK roads caused by e-scooters.

Smart motorway probe after paper exposes failings


The Government has ordered another investigation into smart motorways after reports that vital safety equipment was not working on the controversial routes.

Cycle lane court challenge takes new turn


Cycling UK has won the right to challenge a council’s decision to remove a popular cycle lane after a High Court ruling refusing permission for a judicial review was overturned.

Project Edward launches push for safe speeds


Police forces across the UK have carried out the first ever National Safe Speeds Day to highlight the human cost of excessive speed and encourage compliance with speed limits.

Most drivers want all lane running scrapped, new survey shows


Public confidence in all-lane-running (ALR) smart motorway schemes appears to be collapsing, with 84% of drivers believing that safety is compromised by the permanent removal of the hard shoulder.

Lorry driver caught holding a phone to each ear


National Highways' HGV cabs are being used as part of a multi-agency fortnight of action along the M4 and M5 that aims to reduce the number of incidents and highlight the risks of dangerous driving.

Injuries increase on smart motorway scheme


A new report on a smart motorway section of the M1 has revealed that the absolute number of personal injury collisions rose during the last two years of the period studied to a level higher than the annual average before the scheme opened.

London considers 'act of remembrance' for road deaths


The mayor of London is considering ways to publicly remember those who have lost their lives on the capital's roads.

Testing the limits of safe driving


Former Department for Transport director and current director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, looks at the challenges posed in managing our local roads – which are not just restricted to funding – and ponders life in the slow lane.

Glasgow launches road safety plan


Glasgow City Council has launched a new road safety plan that it hopes will reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

DfT follows Scotland in safety framework update


The Department for Transport (DfT) has promised a refresh of the national road safety strategic framework, published over a decade ago.

Council steps up security after LTN vandalism


Lambeth Council has been forced to install security measures after vandals targeted its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes.

£1.4bn road spend 'could prevent 11,000 injuries'


A new study has calculated that investment packages totalling £1.4bn could prevent over 11,000 fatal and serious injuries on the roads over the next two decades.

Wales seeks 'hearts and minds' over 20mph move


The Welsh Government has confirmed plans to reduce the national default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets as one of its legislative priorities for the year.

MRN facing safety scrutiny over poor record


A major road safety charity has called for investment in improving the safety of the Major Road Network to be made a ‘clear and urgent priority’, after revealing that it has a fatal and serious crash rate almost five times that of the strategic road network.

M8 undergoes major safety upgrade


Scotland’s busiest motorway has undergone a major safety upgrade, carried out on time and budget, as permanent concrete road safety barriers were installed at Junction 3 on the M8 in Livingston.

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