Road Safety History 2005 - 2006

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2005 Norwich Union introduces Pay as You Drive insurance for young drivers.

Drivers holding a mobile phone whilst driving will now be fined £60 and have three penalty points endorsed on their licence.

A survey conducted in Edinburgh rejected the Council's plan to introduce a £2 congestion charge in the city. The 'No' vote is seen as somewhat of a setback to the Government's plan to encourage councils throughout Britain to introduce congestion charging.

There are plans to increase the London congestion charge from £5 to £8 from July. The charge for commercial vehicles will rise by £2 to £7 and Mr Livingstone wants to extend the zone into Kensington.

Evidence from the civil courts has indicated that bull bars fitted to vehicles cause serious injury. Solicitors who give car accident advice have for many years been calling for a change in the law. There are now plans to ban the use of bull bars on four wheel drive cars. The Government gave its backing to a move which would make such metal bars illegal within three years.

A single roadside breath test will be enough to prosecute a driver who is over the limit. Police officers will no longer have to take a second reading at a police station.

In the past lawyers giving car accident advice have always been satisfied that sophisticated speed camera detectors have been legal to own and use however detectors and jammers will become illegal under proposed new legislation. Simple satellite positioning devices, which tell drivers where cameras are located, will still be allowed.

Motorists suspected of being under the influence of drugs will face compulsory road side drug tests. If they fail the tests or perform badly they will be taken to a police station and asked to take blood tests which will determine if they have taken drugs.

New regulations which came into force on 1 January mean that all new heavy vehicles used at home and abroad weighing more than three and a half tons (3,500kg) must be fitted with limiters to keep their speed below 56mph.  They will also be banned from the fast lane of motorways. Vehicles driven solely within the UK have been given three years to have them fitted.  Heavy commercial vehicles up to three years old must also have them fitted.

There are plans to force drivers over 70 to undergo medical tests to prove that they are fit to continue driving.

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