New Parents Guide to Children’s Car Seats

car-safe-kidsA new parent’s guide to children’s car seats has been published by Road Safety GB to coincide with 2015 UN Global Road Safety Week.

The 12-page guide, ‘Car Safe Kids’, has been produced by Child Seat Safety and contains full answers to frequently asked questions, a series of key tips and other important information, and – produced in partnership with Which? – a 10-point checklist to fitting child car seats safely.

Claire Waterhouse, director of Child Seat Safety, said: “With more that 40 years’ combined experience in road safety we have lost count of the number of times we have provided parents with essential life-saving information about their children’s car seats that they just didn’t know before.

“We check nearly 2,000 child car seats in vehicles every year and find over half have faults, many of which could be simply corrected or avoided.

“Car Safe Kids is designed to be a help and guide for parents-to-be and the 50% of parents whose children’s car seats have faults.

“It will be made available at all of our check-it and enforcement events, and to local authorities, schools, nurseries, doctors’ surgeries and others interested in helping parents through the car seat ‘minefield’.”

The guide is available at 40p per copy for quantities over 1,000 and 45p for smaller quantities (both prices plus p&p). Contact Child Seat Safety for more information or to order.

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TISPOL European speeding crackdown nets 120,000 tickets in 24 hours

The first pan-European 24-hour speeding enforcement crackdown resulted in police issuing more than 120,000 penalties.

TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network based in London, UK, said the “marathon” took place earlier this month and so far 17 out of 22 participating countries have provided data.

A total of 4,352,234 vehicles were checked during the 24 hours. Of the 122,581 speeding offences, 116,479 were detected by police officers, with 6,102 detections using automatic devices.

Police in Germany issued the most of any national police force, handing out 91,262 summons.

In Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region, around 14,700 police officers were stationed at 8,700 locations.

The decision to carry out a nationwide crackdown was made in May at a conference of Germany’s interior ministers. North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, has seen a larger-than-average fall in the number of people killed or injured on its roads since last year, when it implemented the speeding crackdown.

The region’s interior minister Ralf Jäger said that every third fatality on the roads is the victim of speeding. “That is what we are mobilising against,” he said.

Other countries that provided data are: Cyprus (350 offences); Estonia (396); Finland (4,387); Hungary (4,928); Croatia (2,185); Ireland (857) Italy (5,561); Luxembourg (344); Lithuania (1,978); Latvia (807); Malta (7); Norway (918); Netherlands (2,366); Portugal (1,349); Slovakia (2,145); Slovenia (1,225) and Serbia (2,370).

Last year, 27,500 people died in road collisions throughout the European Union.World Highways reported last month that road deaths fell by just 1% across all 28 Member States of the EU last year, according to data released by the European Commission. In its recently announced new three-year strategic plan, TISPOL reaffirmed its commitment to the European Union’s road death reduction target of 50% by 2020.


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Safety & Health Expo 2015

SHE2015_V2.logoIts now only 2 months to the Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCeL on 16th – 18th June 2015.

Anyone wishing to visit the show can register for free (charges apply if you do not pre-register) using this link, Register for S & H Expo.

UKGRS would be delighted to meet you anytime during the event, please drop by stand M2155, next to the Lone Worker Pavilion.

We know these events can be rather busy so if you would like to book an appointment with one of our product specialist please click here to go to the booking form.

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Easter road toll “a sad indictment” | Queensland Police

Tragedy marred the Easter holiday period as the national road death toll over the long weekend reached 14 last night.

Image courtesy and credit to Cars Guide

Image courtesy and credit to Cars Guide

The figure was a “sad indictment” on the state’s road users, Queensland Road Policing Command inspector Ivan Sikorsky said at a press conference yesterday. “Every one of our fatals at the present moment was avoidable,” he said, citing alcohol, driver behaviour and speeding as contributing factors.

Despite NSW police ramping up their social media campaign #sharetosurvive, and appeals for slower driving speeds in wet and windy conditions, three people have been killed on the state’s roads since Thursday.

An eight-year-old girl was killed and her nine-year-old brother was left fighting for his life after a crash in wet conditions on the NSW central coast on Saturday night. “We have a family that has been torn apart,” said NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.

The family, including the mother of the children and their grandmother, who was driving, were reportedly returning from a day trip to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. The Holden Astra the children were travelling in spun out of control in heavy rain at Doyalson, colliding with a ute.

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Child Safety Week Monday 1 June to Sunday 7 June 2015


About Child Safety Week

Monday 1 June to Sunday 7 June 2015 – the week when children are placed firmly centre stage. When an incredible range of professions and organisations, as well as families, carers and the media all do their bit to keep children safe from the pain of serious accidents. Run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, it’s fun, it’s engaging and it gets results – three quarters of parents report that they’ve learnt something new and will do something different as a result of Child Safety Week.

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Global NCAP: ‘democratise safety’ for all cars worldwide by 2020

Millions of new cars sold in middle and low income countries fail to meet the UN’s basic safety standards for front and side impacts, international automotive safety watchdog Global NCAP has said in a new report published on 10 March.

Global NCAP, which receives funding from the FIA Foundation, has set out ten policy recommendations for all new cars to meet basic safety standards for crash protection and crash avoidance.

The recommendations include: the adoption of minimum car safety regulations by UN Member States by the end of the UN Decade of Action in 2020; support by Governments and donors to extend consumer testing to all major automobile markets; that automobile manufacturers should make a voluntary commitment to apply front and side impact crash test standards to all new models from 2016; and that the industry should cease the practice of de-specification and bundling of safety features.

Speaking at the UN in Geneva during the launch of the new policy report, Democratising Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020, Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley said:

“Safety improvements stimulated by legislation and consumer awareness campaigns in high income economies that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives are not yet systematically available for drivers and their families in rapidly growing lower income markets.

“For example, crash test standards introduced twenty years ago for cars sold in Europe, are yet to be met by many new cars, and even brand new models, being sold today in leading middle income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is entirely unacceptable. Manufacturers cannot continue to treat millions of their customers as second class citizens when it comes to life saving standards of occupant protection.”


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While in the UK many are talking of how the driverless car will save millions of lives worldwide.

Self-driving cars: ‘A vaccine that can save lives’ – BBC Report

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Three Powerful Policies for Low Carbon Mobility

Transport efficiency, productivity and environmental sustainability continue to present big challenges for city leaders and policy think tanks around the world.

As the share of the world’s population living in cities grows to nearly 70 per cent between now and 2050, energy consumption for urban transport is forecast to double to meet travel demand in the world’s mega cities.

Whilst this urban growth will be largely driven by economic development and the search for a better quality of life, the resulting success will dramatically change the scale and nature of our communities, and put a tremendous strain on the built environment and infrastructure that delivers vital services like transport, electricity, water, and communications.

In Australia, for example, transport is the third largest and second fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Globally, road traffic continues to account for around 80 per cent of transport CO2 emissions, and is expected to reach 9,000 Megaton per year by 2030 if the current transport energy use and mobility trends are not restrained

To deliver substantial reductions in emissions and promote low carbon transport, major policy, behavioural and technological changes would be required to achieve fuel security and climate change targets.

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Why You Should Manage Your Road Risks

Up to 1 in 3 road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work.

  • Every week, around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve someone at work.
  • Nearly all of these deaths and injuries are preventable.
  • For the majority of people, the most dangerous thing they do while at work is drive on the public highway. (HSE 1996)
  • Managing a driving for work policy can save your business money.
  • Managing a driving for work policy is a legal requirement under health and safety legislation and road traffic law.
  • Management and employees can be prosecuted for road traffic crashes involving work related journeys, even when drivers are using their own vehicle.

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Calls for Mandatory Technology to Reduce Motorway Risks

Around 1,900 people were killed on motorways in the EU in 2013 and as many as 60% of those were not wearing a seatbelt, according to analysis published today (5 Mar) by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

On the back of the findings the ETSC is calling on the EU to require the mandatory installation of intelligent seat belt reminder systems (SBR) for all passenger seats in new cars. Currently this is only required for driver seats.

The EU is currently undertaking a review of the safety requirements that all new vehicles sold in Europe must comply with. The rules were last updated in 2009 and a new proposal is expected later this year.

As part of the review, ETSC is also recommending the EU requires the installation of intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and lane departure warning systems (LDWS) in new vehicles.

ISA is an overridable in-car system that uses GPS data and sign-recognition cameras to help drivers adhere to speed limits which, according to ETSC, “could cut deaths overall by 20%”.

LDW systems, which alert the driver if they drift out of their lane (a sign of fatigue or distraction), are already mandatory for new lorries and buses.

Antonio Avenoso, executive director of ETSC, said: “Technologies that can step in to help the driver avoid catastrophe have the potential to save thousands of lives on our roads.”

The ETSC report also found that between 2004 and 2013 in the EU, Lithuania achieved the best average year-on-year reduction in deaths on motorways (-20%), followed by Slovakia (-14%) and Spain (-13%). Denmark, Austria, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Italy achieved better reductions than the EU average. Poland also managed to cut deaths despite quadrupling the length of its motorway network over the same period from 400km to 1500km.

For countries where death rates can be calculated based on traffic volume, the worst performing countries have a risk factor four times higher than the best countries. Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands have the safest motorways while those in Poland, Hungary and Lithuania have the highest level of risk.

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Seatbelt enforcement checks to take place across Europe this week 9th – 15th March

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe will be conducting seatbelt checks throughout the week of 9 to 15 March. Vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty. The action is part of a Europe-wide operation co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, which takes place throughout next week.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid says:  “Using a seatbelt is a quick and simple task; it’s also a highly effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That’s why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers in every European country.

“Yet there are still drivers and passengers who for whatever reason do not use a seatbelt.

“We urge drivers to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their passengers, by ensuring everyone wears a seatbelt on every road journey. After all, the use of seatbelts is the single most effective method of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions.”

Results from a similar operation on September last year show that more than 95,000 drivers and passengers received penalties for not wearing seatbelts. A total of 27 countries took part in the operation. Of the final total of 95,553 detections, 2,944 related to children not wearing seatbelts or other safety restraints.