IAM RoadSmart maintains that Graduated Driving Licences must spearhead a comprehensive series of changes to save the lives of young drivers, as another set of disappointing statistics emerge from today’s (25 July) government road casualty announcement.
IAM RoadSmart has called the government’s Road Safety Statement announced today (19 July) ‘a mixed bag’ with welcome news on road policing, pedestrian distraction and seatbelts, but a worrying lack of detail on younger and older drivers or motorcyclists.
The government’s long-awaited commitment to investigating some form of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is great news for road safety say IAM RoadSmart but it is not convinced a night-time driving ban for young drivers is needed alongside other new restrictions.
While the car industry invests billions into the development of self-driving cars, a survey by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has found that drivers have other ideas – with over 70% saying they would not feel safe travelling in one.
IAM RoadSmart has backed calls for a long-term plan to tackle the ‘national scandal’ of potholes on UK roads – saying nearly half of people it surveyed have experienced pothole damage to their vehicles.
Metal merchants beware! Research by Auto Express magazine and road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has found that heavy-metal music could cause motorists to lose their cool behind the wheel and become almost as extreme as their guitar god heroes.
Queen of Bikers Maria Costello MBE is now carrying the IAM RoadSmart logo on her Paton Supertwin racing bike, and you will be able to see it at high speed on the Isle of Man and in Northern Ireland this year.
IAM RoadSmart has expressed its frustration that six years after calling for action, more than 11,000 drivers a year are still being legally allowed on the roads with 12 or more points on their licences.
In his new role as Chairman of IAM RoadSmart, the largest independent road safety organisation in the UK, Managing Director of Ford of Britain Andy Barratt has pledged to focus on driver and rider behaviour in the road safety debate.
With the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) roaring back into life this weekend (6/7 April), there will be no less than two IAM RoadSmart advanced drivers on the Brands Hatch grid as part of the overall weekend package.