According to the DVLA, the UK should take pride in having one of the best records of road safety in the world. But, true to its purpose, the DVLA continues to uphold this outstanding record by updating its many policies, especially for UK drivers.
The DVLA, in collaboration with other road safety organisations such as the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Traffic Safety and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has developed new imminent rules and regulations in road safety, not only to prevent serious injuries and death on the road, but also to reduce costs incurred in emergency services, insurance, health and welfare, and traffic congestion – not to mention the personal costs incurred by individuals who have been involved in or affected by collisions on the road.
UK speed limit for local areas
Local traffic authorities are the ones who set speed limits for a specific area, and this depends on an individual road’s needs and other local considerations. Drivers are advised to see a speed limit, particularly on local roads, as a maximum speed instead of a target speed. When driving in smaller, less urbanised areas, drivers should make sure that they check the speed limits so they will not be in violation.
New rules on drunk driving
The DVLA has released new regulations which will be implemented in the near future when it comes to drunk (or drug) driving. One of these regulations is the elimination of a second test for drivers if their breath reading is less than 50 mcg for every 100 millilitres. According to this new regulation, drivers will no longer be allowed a second breathalyser test, especially since the breathalysers used nowadays are already designed for utmost accuracy which does not warrant a second test.
Another objective of the DVLA is to issue a roadside drug testing device for police, which can be used by 2015.
In the UK, motorcycle accidents are such that 19% of road user deaths are those of motorcyclists, even though motorcyclists make up only 1% of the traffic on the road. This number is quite alarming, and that is why the DVLA is aiming to work with various rider groups and trainers in order to develop a much improved type of motorcycle test which is specifically designed to improve the safety of motorcyclists, and be more accessible as well.
Driver and safety training
The DVLA is looking into improving driver training by assessing driving theories and finding ways to support drivers immediately after they have passed the test. In addition, the DVLA is looking into offering refresher courses for older drivers instead of making them take tests again.
As a result, there will be an increased need for driver and safety training at all levels. Agencies and businesses that are affiliated with the DVLA which currently provide vehicle training for road haulage companies, for example, will have to adapt and improve the services they currently offer to match the new regulations when they become law. Theory tests will become much more intense; an increased emphasis will undoubtedly be placed on pedestrian safety as more and more pedestrianised areas are created in urban areas.
However, there is more to it than that. As you can see, the DVLA is trying to do its part in making our roads much safer. Find out the other services offered by the DVLA with DVLA customer enquiries.
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Data from: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/making-roads-safer