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HGV Road Safety Project, ‘Operation Tramline’

Published Tue, 29/03/2016 - 10:30

Road safety initiative is extended across police forces in England Between February and April 2014

Highways England sourced a HGV tractor unit and partnered with police forces in South East England to pilot a unique motorway driver safety intervention named Operation Tramline. The initiative was designed to help the Police identify and record potentially dangerous commercial vehicle driver behaviour using a hand held video camera.

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

Published Tue, 22/03/2016 - 00:01


  • Voluntary star rating system doesn’t spread safety benefits far enough
  • EU set to review car safety rules this year; current minimum standards urgently need updating
  • Pedestrian protection lowest priority of carmakers
  • Tax changes have failed to promote safer as well as cleaner vehicles
  • Call for EU database of real-world collision investigations


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.