Driver Jailed Following Road Rage Crash

A driving instructor who left two young sisters paralysed after a road rage crash in Northamptonshire has been jailed today for four-and-a-half years.

Andrew Nay, 39, crashed his Land Rover into the girls’ family car as he made a right turn across oncoming traffic on the A509 near Wellingborough.

Nay, from Weldon, Corby, admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but denied he had been chasing the Mazda prior to the crash.

Judge Adrienne Lucking QC said: “This was a prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving.  “No sentence I can pass will ever feel like enough for this family.”

The judge told Nay his account of events had been “incredible and inconsistent”.

Sgt Tony Hopkins, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit in Northamptonshire, said: “This is probably one of the most tragic cases that I think I’ve had to deal with in my career to date.

He added: “I’m pleased to see that the judge has been able to see through Mr Nay’s story, and has been able to see what the witnesses have evidenced to us over the few months, to highlight how long this incident actually went on for.”

 

 

Project EDWARD: European Day Without A Road Death

EDWARDmedThank you for visiting the TISPOL Project EDWARD page. This is where you can join us in pledging to reduce risk and improve safety on your road journeys, not just on 21 September but every day!

We have spent time reflecting on recent results which paint a very mixed picture of progress in reducing deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads. For the first few years of this decade, countries across the EU have been highly successful in pursuing the 2020 50% reduction target. But the arrival of a second successive year of disappointing news shows that this downward trend has stagnated.

We need to speed up our efforts, and one initiative we believe can make a big impact is our new European Day Without A Road Death – Project EDWARD for short.  EDWARD will encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude.

After all, driver behaviour remains the most important barrier to progress as we approach 2020 and its reduction targets.  

Drivers are unwittingly or sometimes knowingly putting other road users in so many ways, perhaps by speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seat belt, using the phone while driving, using vehicles they have not kept roadworthy, parking their cars on bicycle lanes, blocking pedestrian crossings, not turning on their lights or engaging in risky manoeuvres.

Read More…https://www.tispol.org/edward

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UK traffic levels rise to record high

UK Motorway Black and WhiteRoad Safety GB advise that new figures released on 19th May show that a total of 316.7bn miles were travelled by vehicles on the UK road network during 2015, a year-on-year rise of 1.6% and the highest level ever recorded.

The increase, highlighted in the DfT’s ‘Road Traffic Estimates: Great Britain 2015 Summary’, is however slightly lower than was predicted in initial estimates released in February.

The provisional estimates suggested a figure of 317.8bn miles in 2015, 1.1% above the pre recession peak in 2007.

However, the revised figures released today show the increase at 0.8% above that peak, which still represents a new record.

Car traffic has also risen to a record high of 247.7 billion vehicle miles, a 1.1% year-on-year increase. Car traffic now accounts for 78% of all distance covered.

Miles travelled by LGVs increased more year-on-year  than any other vehicle type (up 4.2% to 46.6bn miles) while HGV traffic saw its largest year-on-year increase since the 1980s (up 3.7% to 16.7bn).

In terms of road type, motorways and rural roads saw record traffic level in 2015. Motorway traffic rose 2.6% to 66.5bn miles, while rural roads, which remain the most used, rose 2.4% to 91.3bn.

Long term trends show that since 1995, road traffic has grown by 18.6%. The RAC says this rise, coupled with the overall length of UK roads only increasing by 2.4%, is a concern.

Nick Lyes, RAC roads policy spokesman, said: “While traffic has only increased very slightly on the previous year it has taken us to record levels, but the longer term picture is more concerning with overall traffic since 1995 growing by 18.6% in stark contrast to the overall length of our roads which has only increased by 2.4%.

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Join UKGRS at the Safety & Health Expo 2016

Join UKGRS at the Safety & Health Expo 2016

Mitigate business risk and embrace safety culture, 21st to 23rd June 2016, Excel Centre, London

 

Once again UK Global Road Safety are exhibiting at the Safety & Health Expo book your free place and visit us on stand P1750 (adjacent to the Fleet Safety Zone) to discover how our Global leading driver assessment and training solution can help your organisation reduce exposure to road risk.Expo 2016 Cropped

Currently available in over 70 countries and 100 languages. Allowing organisations to role out a comprehensive driver assessment and training programme with integrity.

Regardless of the size of an organisations vehicle fleet or how those vehicles are used there lies a duty of care upon the employer to ensure drivers are safe behind the wheel.

UKGRS clients range from a driver fleet of 3 in the UK to a global organisation with 40,000 drivers.

Our Management Team will be available to discuss your needs and how UKGRS can provide the right solution for your organisation.

Understand what we offer through a no-cost pilot and review, ask the team for details.

Drop by the stand for a chat or If you wish to book a slot to meet with us please complete the form via this link Booking Form

We look forward to meeting you at the show, stand P1750 next to the Fleet Safety Zone.

www.uk-global-roadsafety.com

 

 

Ride to Work Week – 20th to 26th June 2016

Ride to Work WeekThis year, International Ride to Work Day is Monday 20 June 2016, Ride to Work Week is 20-26 June 2016. During Ride to Work Week, motorbike and scooter riders around the world show just how enjoyable their daily commute is. By riding to work we demonstrate that life would be better if more people rode motorcycles and scooters every day, with time savings, less congestion and reduced travel costs. Ride with us and commute happy!

Image credit to http://ridetoworkweek.co.uk/

Read more at …http://ridetoworkweek.co.uk/ for full news on the week.

UKGRS Launch New UK Dedicated Online Programme

UK Motorway Black and White Website BannerUKGRS are pleased to announce the launch of their new UK dedicated online driver profiling and training programme.

The initial element of the programme is driver profiling, during which the participant is assessed in four core competencies, Attitude, Driving Knowledge, Concentration & Observation Skills and Hazard Recognition.  Drivers are rated as High-Medium or low risk in each of these competencies and are also given an overall rating.

Following the profiling participants can be assigned a number of training modules, these can be selected by the organisation themselves or in conjunction with UKGRS.

Within the administration suite groups and sub groups can be set up to allow an organisation to compare different regions/divisions/cost centres.  Managers can easily access live dashboard results and drill down to see the status of individual participants.

The programme is available for drivers of cars/small vans, LCVs up to 7.5t, HGVs, PCVs, minibuses and motorcycles.

Click here to learn more or call us on 01452 347332 or email info@ukgrs.com

UPDATE – £2 million fine after customer run over in company’s yard

An investigation has revealed that there was a documented risk of stumbling or falling when loading or unloading in the company’s yard.

IOSH reports that Amersham Crown Court heard that the customer at Travis Perkins, Mark John Porter, was unable to load the timber in the designated loading and unloading area of the yard as a Travis Perkins’ heavy goods vehicle (HGV) had parked there. An investigation by the environmental team at Milton Keynes council revealed that Travis Perkins habitually parked this vehicle in the space.

Travis Perkins pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The company had initially denied the a link between the offences and the death, leading to a Newton hearing, where submissions are made by both prosecution and defendants on plea and sentencing.

When applying the sentencing guidelines, Judge Justin Cole did not accept the defence’s argument that this was a highly unusual set of circumstances. The investigation found there was a documented risk of stumbling or falling in the yard, particularly when loading and unloading and that collisions with HGVs were likely to cause serious injury or death.

The judge established Travis Perkin’s culpability as medium, the harm level as category A (reflecting death or life-changing injury) and a harm likelihood category of 1 (high).

As aggravating factors he noted the company’s previous conviction in 2006, when one of its workers was crushed between two vehicles at a yard in Oldham, Greater Manchester as well as the failure to use a banksman and provide supervision at the Milton Keynes premises. In mitigation the company put forward extensive workplace transport procedures, though the judge noted it was important not just to have them but to ensure they were implemented.

He also noted the guidelines’ stipulation that a fine “must be sufficiently substantial to have a real economic impact which will bring home to both management and shareholders the need to comply with health and safety legislation.”

Travis Perkins’ turnover (£2bn) could have classified the company as a “very large” organisation – the guidelines say penalties above the normal ranges for large organisations may be applied in such cases. However the judge took into account the defece’s mitigation and used the range for large organisations, which is between £800,000 and £3.25m. He set the fine near the top of the range, but discounted it to £2m, £1m for each count, in recognition of Travis Perkins’ guilty plea at the first reasonable opportunity. The company was ordered to pay £114,813 in costs.

 

 

£2 million fine after customer run over in company’s yard

IOSH reports that bstream_imguilder’s merchant Travis Perkins has been fined £2 million after a customer was run over and killed by a company vehicle at one of its yards in Milton Keynes.

In November 2012, Mark John Pointer was loading planks of wood onto his Land Rover when he fell backwards onto the yard surface after the straps he was using snapped.

Amersham Crown Court heard that the man was then run over by the vehicle that was operating in the yard and died from crushing injuries.

Travis Perkins pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. As well as the fine they were ordered to pay £114,813 in costs.

The company had initially denied a link between the offences and the death but had later conceded.

The investigation was led by Martin Brown, environmental team leader at Milton Keynes Council. After the hearing on Friday 27 April, Brown said: “The company had failed to ensure loading and unloading activities were undertaken in a safe manner in a safe area.”

 

Volvo Cars to launch UK’s largest and most ambitious autonomous driving trial

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, is to begin the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial next year to speed up the introduction of a technology that promises to massively reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time.

The Swedish company, whose name has been synonymous with automotive safety ever since it invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, is pioneering the development of autonomous driving (AD) systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

“Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”

Mr Samuelsson will make his comments at a seminar sponsored by Volvo and Thatcham, the insurance industry’s research organisation, in London on May 3 entitled ‘A Future with Autonomous Driving Cars – Implications for the Insurance Industry’ at the America Conference Centre in London.

 

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Police across Europe prepare for latest speed enforcement marathon

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are preparing for their latest “Speed Marathon”, taking place from 0600 on Thursday 21 April to 0600 on Friday 22 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 April.

The Speed Marathon concept was devised two years ago in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid comments: “Our forthcoming speed enforcement activity is all about prevention. We want drivers to think about the speeds they choose; speeds which are both legal and appropriate for the conditions. By doing so, they will be reducing the risks they face and the risks they pose to other road users.

“That’s why we encourage participating countries and police forces to publish information about the precise locations of speed checkpoints in advance. We want to get into the heads of drivers, not their purses.

“Illegal and/or inappropriate speed is the single biggest factor fatal road collisions. That’s why police officers take action against drivers who fail to comply with speed limits. The 24-hour speed marathon is one component in our strategy for reducing casualties, and making Europe’s roads safer.”

Quick facts about last year’s speed marathon:

  • In Germany, 13,000 officers were involved at 7,000 speed checkpoints, most requested by members of the public.
  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland conducted joint speed checks and border security controls along the ‘Via Baltica’.
  • In Serbia, 1,000 officers were involved in speed controls during the marathon.
  • A total of 90 speed checkpoints in Cyprus were chosen for the marathon.