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Young drivers could be banned from the road at night in a bid to tackle high accident rates in England. Ministers are considering introducing a graduated licence system with a string of restrictions for newly qualified drivers. As well as not driving at night, other restrictions include a minimum learning period and...

New cars and other vehicles will be sold in Europe with automatic anti-speeding systems fitted as standard from 2022, if new regulations are approved. The "intelligent speed assistance" technology would be one of several innovations introduced in a bid to spur a "big leap forward" in road safety, if voted through...

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In Great Britain, the AA is to give road safety lessons to e-scooter riders, as operators launch what is billed as the first theory test for the latest form of transport. Under the scheme, e-scooter riders will be taught how to operate and park the vehicles and share the road safely with cars, pedestrians, and...

TRL reports that 54% of cars on 30mph (48kph) posted speed roads in Great Britain exceed the speed limit.  Although not many cars (6%) exceed the speed limit by more than 10mph (16kph), the risk of a pedestrian crash being a fatality crash increases significantly at speeds above 30mph (48kph). At speeds of...

Tactical Urbanism is the use of flexible, low cost, vibrant, and temporary / interim measure to encourage longer-term improvements of road / pavement space, creating better places for people. Due to the short-term nature of Tactical Urbanism projects, new design ideas and concepts can be easily trialled at...

Photograph Source: The Guardian: Maja Hitij/Getty

Berlin has reported a record rise in cyclist fatalities in 2020, with 14 cyclist fatalities to date despite a drop in the typical drop in traffic due to the global corona-virus pandemic, and around 14 miles of new pop-up protected bicycle lanes. Germany's capital has seen more than double the number of...

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Older drivers may not be the most at risk age group with respect to intersection crashes. A study by Bladock et al. studied crashes in New Zealand and Australia comparing drivers between 0-59, 60-74, and 75+. The study showed that for the majority of jurisdictions, drivers aged 75+ had a lower crash rate...

One of the best ways to achieve a high Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) for a project is to undertake crash studies. Serious and fatal crashes are the significant contributors to the economic analysis and the reduction of these types of crashes can achieve substantial crash savings with a very high BCR by using...

Photograph Source: Bike Auckland

Tactical urbanism aims to provide more space, greater connectivity, safety and amenity for pedestrians and cyclists. These attributes not only enhance ease of transport but promote health and wellbeing in the community by...

Shared spaces are zones where all road users can operate together safely. Iterative design upgrades of shared spaces can significantly improve their operational performance, particularly in relation to safety and amenity for vulnerable road users. Various measures can be implemented...

Photograph Source: Waka Kotahi NZTA: Innovating Streets Pilot Projects Fund Leaflet

“New Zealand has become the first country to provide funding to make tactical urbanism into official government policy.” – Carlton Reid, Forbes Medial LLC. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency aims to deliver fast tactical changes in our streets and neighbourhoods. The ISPPF (more than $7million) will help...

Deaths on our roads stem primarily from loss of control crashes on our roads. According to Waka Kotahi NZTA, when fitted along the centre and sides of a road, flexible roadside safety barriers and guardrails can reduce the number of people killed by up to 90% and reduce the number of motorcycle deaths...

Audio Tactile Profiled (ATP) markings (also known as rumble strips) are a combination of painted line marking and raised profile thermoplastic ribs that provide an audible (sound) and sensory (vibration) warning to alert drivers of a possible lane departure. ATP markings can be an effective measure to reduce...

Every year, hundreds of crashes occur at intersections involving drivers who failed to notice the priority-controlled intersection and drive through them at open road speeds without stopping. Such crashes can have high severity and can even result in fatalities. To counter this problem a trial of solar powered...

Gateway treatments (also referred to as speed thresholds) are used to mark a change in speed environment along a road, including the transition from a high-speed road to a low speed environment at a rural-urban interface. Gateways can include a combination of speed limit signs, place name signs, lane...

Many of the crashes that occur in NZ are due to loss of control, particularly on high speed roads. Weight distribution, particularly on trailers and campers, is crucial to maintain control of your vehicle, especially during high speeds. Proper balanced weight distribution is vital, a higher proportion of weight on and...

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