Monthly Archives: December 2008

IAM ‘welcomes’ road safety ISA scheme

Wednesday, 31st December, 2008

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has welcomed government plans to install its new Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) scheme aimed at reducing the number of deaths and casualties on the road. Commenting on the ISA initiative, which uses global satellite positioning to map a car’s location and speed, IAM director of research and policy Read the full article…

ETA: record breakdowns expected in January

Wednesday, 31st December, 2008

The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) has predicted that a record number of cars will breakdown in the new year due to a combination of cold weather and motorists’ cost cutting. According to the non-for-profit breakdown company, around three million drivers could find themselves stranded on January 5th because their vehicles have been left unused Read the full article…

Black cab drivers issued with personal alarms

Tuesday, 30th December, 2008

Black cab drivers in Daventry have been equipped with personal alarms to help make them feel safer in their cabs. As part of a £300 multi-agency scheme in the Northamptonshire area, a total of 150 personal safety devices have been handed out to hackney carriage taxi drivers in the town. Representatives of the initiative Read the full article…

Plunging temperatures could see rise in breakdowns

Tuesday, 30th December, 2008

Car insurance customers across the UK are being warned of an expected plunge in temperatures that could see thousands of motorists stranded in the new year. More breakdowns are expected on Monday January 5th than any other day over the last 12 months, with drivers falling victim to flat batteries and frozen cooling systems. Read the full article…

Van thieves spotted outside petrol station

Monday, 29th December, 2008

A tradesman in Aberdeen has been left facing the prospect of a hefty claim on his van insurance policy after his £40,000 Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen from the Malmaison hotel. Thieves made off with the maintenance vehicle – which also contained up to £10,000 worth of tools – earlier this month, according to Read the full article…

Police launch crackdown on speeding lorry drivers

Monday, 29th December, 2008

Police have launched a campaign that aims to cut down on the number of speeding lorry drivers on a busy road in Birmingham. Officers will use speed cameras to identify lawbreakers on the A1185 Seal Sands link road as part of a targeted operation over the next two months, according to the Peterlee Mail. Read the full article…

‘A quarter of motorists’ to drink-drive at Christmas

Wednesday, 24th December, 2008

New research has revealed that one in four people attending Christmas family gatherings this year are likely to drink and drive. According to the survey, performed by roadside recovery company GEM Motoring Assist, one in five of those who fear a family member may drive while under the influence of alcohol are already dreading it. Read the full article…

Drivers urged to conceal car keys

Wednesday, 24th December, 2008

Police in Surrey have warned motorists to keep their car keys in a safe hiding place in the home. This comes after a number of incidents have been reported in which valuable cars were stolen by thieves who fished the keys through the owner’s letterbox. Drivers have therefore been urged not to leave keys Read the full article…

Christmas drivers warned to maintain car repairs

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2008

Motorists planning to embark on long Christmas journeys over the holidays have been urged to ensure their vehicles are fit for the road.The automotive glazing service Auto Windscreens has claimed that too many people avoid performing regular maintenance checks and servicing on their car. Abu Haris-Shafi, the company’s managing director, has therefore warned: “With Read the full article…

Council warns against illegal taxi touts

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2008

Christmas partygoers in north-west Leicestershire have been warned to be on their guard against illegal taxi drivers touting for business. Speaking to the BBC, the district council’s environment director Steve Bambrick said a higher level of revellers out on the town is likely to entice unlicensed cabbies to trade. Mr Bambrick warned that such drivers, Read the full article…