Department of Transport proposes new road safety measures

By Charlotte Whyatt - Fri 2nd Aug 2019
Department of Transport proposes new road safety measures

The Department of Transportation (DfT) has released its road safety statement for 2019. 

The document proposes the introduction of several new safety measures which they believe could significantly help to reduce the number of people killed and injured on UK roads. 

Amongst the issues raised are:

  • The idea that drivers over the age of 70 should be required to undergo a mandatory eye test every three years to ensure they’re still safe to drive. 
  • Giving those who’re caught not wearing a seatbelt penalty points on their license along with an on-the-spot fine of £100. 
  • Potentially introducing Alcolocks, which administer a breathalyzer test to drivers and then prevents the car from starting if they fail, for those who are repeatedly caught drunk-driving. 
  • A ban on buses, coaches and lorries using tyres that are over 10 years old. 
  • Setting up a separate panel that’s dedicated to improving safety on the UK’s network of rural roads.
  • Launching a review of the way that UK roads are currently policed and using initiatives like Operation Snap (which invites members of the public to report those they see breaking road laws) to fill in the gaps. 

“[The] action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads,” said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

Source: RAC