News Archives - Driving

Cyclists now outnumber motorists on some London streets

Cyclists now outnumber motorists on several A-roads, according to Department for Transport (DfT) data for 2020. Bicycles account for 87 per cent of traffic on sections of Lambeth Road in London, while Royal Mints Street has seen 81 per cent. Other locations across the city recorded peak cycling numbers between 55 and 63 per cent. “London shows that when you…

Highway Code changes aim to reduce road danger for vulnerable road users

The Highway Code will later this month for the first time introduce a hierarchy of responsibility to British roads. The change requires those who could cause the greatest harm to bear the greatest responsibility of reducing danger on the road. This long-overdue does of commonsense means there will exist a legal hierarchy of road users. The concept places vulnerable road…

“Exceptional Hardship” loophole allows drivers to kill..and kill again

Research by Cycling UK has highlighted the shocking scale of a loophole that allows dangerous drivers to escape automatic driving bans; almost one in five drivers who accumulate 12 penalty points manage to escape bans by arguing disqualification would result in “exceptional hardship”. A Parliamentary question from Labour Peer Lord Berkeley revealed that between 2011 and 2020 there were 83,581…

Tesla video games for drivers at the wheel. What could possibly go wrong?

Tesla owners can now play video games on the car’s centre console while the car is in motion, according to reports this week in The New York Times. Given that legislation does not yet permit Tesla electric cars to operate in full ‘auto-pilot’ mode, the software update that allows gaming while on the move may fall foul of state laws…

Taking a stand against mobile phone drivers

The threat of a fine of £200 and 6 penalty points does little to dissuade many drivers from using their phones behind the wheel. Motorists know the risk of getting caught is extremely low and ignore the fact they’re putting lives at risk. As a result, the behaviour has become endemic. Our compulsive behaviour around mobile phones was highlighted by…