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Spanish bus crash kills 13 students

Published Sun, 20/03/2016 - 16:23

At least 13 people have been killed after a bus carrying foreign students crashed on a Spanish motorway between the cities of Barcelona and Valencia.

Most of the 57 people on board the bus were students on the Erasmus programme who were returning to Barcelona after a trip to a fireworks festival.

Footage from the scene shows a white-roofed coach lying on its side, surrounded by emergency vehicles.

The accident occurred near Freginals, 150km (93 miles) south of Barcelona.

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Driving offences decline could be due to specialist road officer cuts, say MPs

Published Tue, 15/03/2016 - 15:46

The reduction in the number of motoring offences over the past decade may be due to cuts in the number of specialist road police officers rather than an improvement in driving standards, MPs have claimed.

The total number of offences detected on roads in England and Wales more than halved from 4.3 million in 2004 to 1.6 million in 2013, the last year for which figures are available.

DG Move publishes latest edition of its newsletter

Published Tue, 15/03/2016 - 10:06

The new issue of the Newsletter from DG Move has been published.

The followeing topics are included:

Driver distraction: a growing phenomenon in recent years and it is becoming a major contributing factor in road crashes. With the installation of more and more devices in cars, and especially the increased use of mobile telephones while driving, the problem is likely to get worse.

Seatbelt enforcement operation takes place all this week

Published Mon, 14/03/2016 - 06:08

Police officers across Europe will be conducting seatbelt checks throughout this week (14 to 20 March). Vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty.

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.