Date last updated: 16/04/2019

Traffic Signs Manual: What's new? Courses 30 April - London 8 May – London 21 May - Manchester   
Buchanan Computing is running a brand new one day course on the very latest TSM chapters. 

Traffic Signs Manual: What's new? Courses 30 April - London 8 May – London 21 May - Manchester  
Buchanan Computing is running a brand new one day course on the very latest TSM chapters. 
Simon Morgan will lead this course to update you on the major changes to the Traffic Signs Manual (Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7) as a result of their recent revision




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Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU

Campaigners welcomed the move, saying it would save thousands of lives. The UK's Vehicle Certification Agency has previously said the UK will align with EU vehicle standards after Brexit. The road safety charity Brake called it a "landmark day", but the AA said "a little speed" helps with overtaking or joining motorways. Safety measures approved by the European Commission included intelligent speed assistance (ISA), advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping technology. The EU says the plan could help avoid 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 and aims ultimately to cut road deaths to zero by 2050. EU Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said: "Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. "With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when safety belts were first introduced."




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Updated PACTS report issued



In September 2015, in collaboration with the RAC Foundation, PACTS published Road Safety Since 2010.This update incorporates the latest casualty figures (to 2017) and introduces some additional analysis, including casualty rates in relation to population and an analysis of casualty trends on the Strategic Road Network in England. It provides a brief commentary on the trends for the UK and the differences between parts of the UK; but it does not seek to explain the reasons for them. Given the increasing devolution of powers and spending, and divergence of policy, we believe this is useful exercise. As far as we know, this information is not readily available elsewhere.


NICE: New roads should prioritise cyclists and pedestrians.



Pedestrians, cyclists and public transport should be given priority over cars when roads are built or upgraded, to encourage more physical activity, the UK's health watchdog has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says roads should be "safe, attractive and designed" to help people use their cars less. It has issued a set of draft guidelines for planners and local authorities.

The Department for Transport said it supported such policies.

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MPs want halt to smart motorway rollout over safety concerns. The rollout of smart motorways, where the hard shoulder has been permanently converted into a fourth lane, should be stopped, a group of MPs says.



The all-party group backed campaigners who say having no hard shoulder puts motorists and recovery workers at risk. England has more than 100 miles (161km) of All Lane Running (ALR) smart motorways, with 225 miles more planned. MP Tracey Crouch said the rollout should be paused, but Highways England said ALR smart motorways were safe.

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The Government has pledged to give councils the power to use CCTV to tackle parking in mandatory cycle lanes, as part of an action plan to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians.



The action plan includes around 50 proposals from the Department for Transport (DfT) following a cycling and walking safety review. There will also be a £100,000 investment to support the police to develop a national back office function to handle footage provided by the public including helmet cam and dash cam evidence.

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Sign Art - Edinburgh's road signs hacked by artist





A "playful" street artist has been putting his own stamp on road signs in Edinburgh city centre.

The altered signs - including images of flowers and wine glasses - have been seen in South St David Street, Thistle Street and Union Street.

The signs were hacked by Italian artist Clet Abraham, whose work sells for thousands of pounds.

He said on Twitter that there are between 15 and 20 pieces around Edinburgh.

Earlier this year a post on his Facebook page showed a similar image of a flower growing through a no entry sign in Glasgow.

Art experts have said that they hope City of Edinburgh Council, which owns the road signs, does not destroy the artworks.

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Local councils in England are to get an extra £420m to tackle a growing number of potholes.




In the budget, Mr Hammond will announce £25.5bn for Highways England for major road upgrades between 2020 and 2025 - largely funded by vehicle excise duty. It will be the first time the tax has been "ring-fenced" for use on the roads. An extra £3.5bn of "new money" will be allocated to major local routes, which fall under the remits of local councils.

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