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Electric Personal Vehicles and Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles

Electric Personal Vehicles and Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Paul Clark): My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, has made the following ministerial statement: The Department for Transport is today publishing two 12-week consultations. One seeks views on the principle of changing the law to permit the use, on public roads and cycle tracks, of small electric personal vehicles (EPVs), which do not meet current […]

Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Claire Ward): The Government have been working throughout this Parliament to improve safety on Britain’s roads. In recent years we have enacted a number of measures designed to deal more effectively with those whose driving puts others at serious risk. We have: introduced the new offences of causing death by careless driving and causing death while driving unlicensed or uninsured, which have maximum […]

Fast Forward: Can technology help the vulnerable road user?

Fast Forward: Can technology help the vulnerable road user?

We all know that our vehicles have become more technologically sophisticated in recent years. Anti-lock braking systems are now fitted as standard on all new models of car. They have been followed by other initiatives such as Electronic Stability Control, Driver Assistance Systems and Intelligent Speed Adaptation. All of these have focused primarily on improving the safety of the vehicle occupant. Some of them have been extensively researched before fitment; […]

Safety and CO2: Can we both tackle climate change and continue to make road transport safer?

Safety and CO2: Can we both tackle climate change and continue to make road transport safer?

On November 23, PACTS joins forces with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to undertake a closer look at whether and how we tackle climate change and continue to cut casualties on the roads. Cutting transport emissions and road casualties are policy objectives that should complement each other. Speakers at this half-day event will seek to identify how this can be done. Speakers on the […]

Is the recession helping to improve transport safety?

    Figures published by the International Transport Forum towards the end of July (http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/Press/PDFs/2009-07-22IRTAD.pdf) drew two conclusions from the OECD countries. First road deaths in 2008 showed a large reduction compared to 2007, as already shown in Great Britain’s figures published in June. Secondly, the economic recession could have played a part in this fall.         It is interesting to consider the extent that the recession […]