Road Safety Ireland – May 2015

Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD This issue …
  • RSA Public Consultation
  • DI – Rape Allegations
  • Same Sex Marriage – Motor Insurance
  • The Carnage Continues …
  • RoSPA Chief Examiner Resigns
  • Canadian Licence
  • Garda IT System – Insurance Errors
  • Insurance Premium Hike
  • Speed Merchants
  • NCT Appointments
  • Road Closures GB
  • London – 1st ‘Tiger Crossing’?
  • Clocked UK Imports
  • Mercedes – ‘Top Fit Set’
  • In brief …

RSA – Public Consultation

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched a public consultation to get views on the requirement for breakdown emergency packs, including a first aid kit, a high visibility vest, a breakdown triangle and a torch to be carried in all vehicles. Before making formal proposals to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the RSA is seeking public feedback via the consultation process. Details on the consultation can be found on at http://www. Packs The consultation is open from 13 may 2015 and closes on Friday 12 June 2015. Comment. One of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy (2013-2020) proposals is to make compulsory a breakdown emergency pack to be carried in all vehicles. Whereas a driver may never have to use any item of the breakdown kit, prudent drivers will realize the benefits of being prepared in the event of an incident/breakdown. Apart from the usual – a tow rope and blanket would be beneficial. Are there others? Maybe it’s due to the unreliability of the vehicles in the 60s, 70s, there was always a tendency to carry a toolbox that included such things as pliers, screwdrivers, vise-grips, tape, pieces of wire, a few nuts and bolts of various sizes and other assorted items considered necessary to do running repairs and yes – even ladies tights. In relation to a driver administering first aid – should drivers have undergone a first aid training course with regular refreshers? If not, then it’s possible that the person giving assistance may well do more harm than good.

Vehicle towing and loading

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone

. Rule 98 Vehicle towing and loading. As a driver
  • you MUST NOT tow more than your licence permits. If you passed a car test after 1 Jan 1997 you are restricted on the weight of trailer you can tow
  • you MUST NOT overload your vehicle or trailer. You should not tow a weight greater than that recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle
  • you MUST secure your load and it MUST NOT stick out dangerously. Make sure any heavy or sharp objects and any animals are secured safely. If there is a collision, they might hit someone inside the vehicle and cause serious injury
  • you should properly distribute the weight in your caravan or trailer with heavy items mainly over the axle(s) and ensure a downward load on the tow ball. Manufacturer’s recommended weight and tow ball load should not be exceeded. This should avoid the possibility of swerving or snaking and going out of control. If this does happen, ease off the accelerator and reduce speed gently to regain control
  • carrying a load or pulling a trailer may require you to adjust the headlights
  • In the event of a breakdown, be aware that towing a vehicle on a tow rope is potentially dangerous. You should consider professional recovery.
Laws CUR reg 100 & MV(DL)R reg 43

Road Safety Ireland - April 2015

Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD

Child Road Fatalities

The mother of a young boy who was struck and killed by a car outside his home wants more responsibility to be put on car drivers when it comes to child safety. Roseanne Brennan – whose son Jake died last year in Kilkenny – said the problem was speed and cars, not children. Speaking at the Road Safety Authority (RSA) International Conference on Children and Road Safety, also called for refresher courses on road safety for experienced drivers. The conference heard that the number of child road deaths almost tripled last year, with 14 deaths in 2014 compared with just five in 2013. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, in an opening address, said the Gardai had a role to play in enforcing life-saving measures on the roads, but said more could be done to improve the situation. Meanwhile, a consultant paediatrician at Temple Street Children’s Hospital said he was still seeing serious injuries in children because they were not properly restrained at the time of impact. Some children between the ages of six and 12 have been paralyzed as a result of a seatbelt being too loose because they were not sitting on a booster cushion, said Professor Alf Nicholson.

Men v Women Drivers - The Enigma Continues!

Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (April 2015)

“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background is that deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers.” (Dave Barry. Dave Barry Turns Fifty. Goodreads “Quotes about Driving”.)

Bad Drivers? No, Just Bad Stereotypes

Data show that negative stereotypes about ‘Bad Drivers’ are simply untrue. So, where did these stereotypes come from and why are they still going strong? A recent study published in Psychological Science may help explain how these types of stereotypes got started and spread. A team of psychological scientists led by a Doug Martin of the Person Perception Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland examined what happens as social information is passed down a chain comprising multiple “generations” of individuals. As people share information, the researchers hypothesized, they tend to break it down into categories that are simpler and thus easier to understand. Cultural stereotypes may then arise as the unintended but inevitable consequence of these shortcuts for sharing social information.

Road Safety Ireland - March 2015

March newsletter from Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD: Speed Cameras Review The Oireachtas Transport Committee is set to review the use of GoSafe cameras after a number of speeding cases were recently dismissed. Committee member Patrick O’Donovan said the current system isn’t working. “It is clear that the system is not working at the moment. There are questions about issuing of notices, as well as the location of vans and I believe that this and other issues need to be discussed in detail,” the Fine Gael TD said. In recent times, court cases involving Gosafe vans in Cavan, Monaghan, Clare and Limerick were dismissed. O’Donovan has asked for a full review of the Gosafe system. “I propose that the review should include the Departments of Justice, Transport, the Garda Siochana, the operator of the GoSafe vans together with legal practitioners who will be invited to come before the Committee.” He added “I have asked that this would commence as soon as possible so as to make sure that confidence is restored in the system.”

Tailor your learning to prepare for the car theory test

DVSA and The Stationery Office (TSO) have launched a new online learning resource to help learners pass their car theory test first time: The ‘DVSA Learning Zone’ is a learning material that provides instant access to all the latest DVSA car theory test revision questions and answers. If you’re studying for your car theory test, you can use this service to revise and take practice tests on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. You can also choose the amount of time you need to study. The rates are: 1 week: £7.00 1 month: £10.00 3 months: £15.00 1 year: £25.00 To find out more, visit the DVSA Learning Zone website

New location for theory testing in Canterbury

From Elizabeth Smith | Driving Theory Test Service Manager: In case any of your members use the theory test centre in Canterbury, I wanted to advise you that the location of this centre will be changing in May. The last day of testing at the current site at St James House is Tuesday 12th May. There will be no testing in Canterbury between Wednesday 13th May and Monday 18th May to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site on Monday 18th May. The address of the new theory test site is as follows: Invicta House Lower Bridge Street Canterbury CT1 2LG Candidates will be informed of the new address in their email confirmation of their test booking. The new site is on the main arterial through-road and directly opposite the Castle ruins. Access to the new test centre at Canterbury is by way of two flights of stairs and there is no lift. We are advising candidates with restricted mobility to telephone 0300 200 1188 for advice on the available alternative arrangements.

Paper driving licences: abolition of the counterpart

Do you or any of your customers have old-style paper driving licences? Have you wondered what will happen to these paper licences once the paper counterpart to the photocard is abolished on 8 June 2015. Read our latest post to find out more. Read all the latest articles and features on the Inside DVLA blog.
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