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Road Safety History 1980 - 1986

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

Please note that we only deal with personal injury compensation claims and we do not provide advice on motoring offences.

 
DATE DESCRIPTION OF LAW / REGULATION / EVENT ETC.

1980

BL launch the Metro.
RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association set up.
Second Dartford Tunnel opened in May at a cost of £45M, having taken eight years to build.
Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PACTS) set up. It's function is to promote transport safety amongst MPs and ultimately effect legislative changes. It's membership comprises MPs, and representatives from a wide range of transport and road safety organizations.

1981

Minimum age for driving an invalid car reduced to 16yrs.
Humber Bridge opened.
CB radio legalized in Great Britain.

1982

The two part motorcycle test introduced.
Points system replaces the previous totting up of driving licence endorsements; collection of 12 or more points in three years results in disqualification. It is hoped that this further deterent will reduce the car accident personal injury claim statistics.

1983

There are now more than 20 million vehicles on British roads. The car accident personal injury claim toll has fallen to 309,000
Drivers and front seat passengers in cars and light vans must wear seat belts.
Learner motorcyclists restricted to machines of no more than 125cc.
First road hump regulations made.
MOT test for taxis and vehicles with more than eight passenger seats reduced to vehicles  over one year old.
Wheel clamping introduced in Central London.

1984

Lorries and trailers to be fitted with spray reducing devices.

1985

Sinclair C5 launched.
Car phones arrive.

1986

European Year of Road Safety.
Fixed penalty fines for minor motoring offences introduced.
M25 completed! ... (Or so they thought at the time!)
Unleaded petrol goes on sale.
Work commences on Channel Tunnel.

1987

In a further move to reduce the personal injury compensation claim toll, from 1 April all cars must have rear seat belts fitted at point of manufacture in UK.
Zig-Zag markings extended to Pelican Crossings.

1988

All coaches first used from 1974 to have 70mph speed limiters fitted by April 1992. (see updated regulations 1994)
All new cars manufactured after 1 April are required to run on unleaded petrol.

1989

Children travelling in cars must wear seat belts/approved restraints where fitted.
A tougher accompanied motorcycle 'L' test is introduced.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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