The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone
Vehicle towing and loading. As a driver
- you MUST NOT tow more than your licence permits. If you passed a car test after 1 Jan 1997 you are restricted on the weight of trailer you can tow
- you MUST NOT overload your vehicle or trailer. You should not tow a weight greater than that recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle
- you MUST secure your load and it MUST NOT stick out dangerously. Make sure any heavy or sharp objects and any animals are secured safely. If there is a collision, they might hit someone inside the vehicle and cause serious injury
- you should properly distribute the weight in your caravan or trailer with heavy items mainly over the axle(s) and ensure a downward load on the tow ball. Manufacturer’s recommended weight and tow ball load should not be exceeded. This should avoid the possibility of swerving or snaking and going out of control. If this does happen, ease off the accelerator and reduce speed gently to regain control
- carrying a load or pulling a trailer may require you to adjust the headlights
- In the event of a breakdown, be aware that towing a vehicle on a tow rope is potentially dangerous. You should consider professional recovery.
Laws CUR reg 100 & MV(DL)R reg 43
Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD
Child Road Fatalities
The mother of a young boy who was struck and killed by a car outside his home wants more responsibility to be put on car drivers when it comes to child safety. Roseanne Brennan – whose son Jake died last year in Kilkenny – said the problem was speed and cars, not children. Speaking at the Road Safety Authority (RSA) International Conference on Children and Road Safety, also called for refresher courses on road safety for experienced drivers. The conference heard that the number of child road deaths almost tripled last year, with 14 deaths in 2014 compared with just five in 2013. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, in an opening address, said the Gardai had a role to play in enforcing life-saving measures on the roads, but said more could be done to improve the situation. Meanwhile, a consultant paediatrician at Temple Street Children’s Hospital said he was still seeing serious injuries in children because they were not properly restrained at the time of impact. Some children between the ages of six and 12 have been paralyzed as a result of a seatbelt being too loose because they were not sitting on a booster cushion, said Professor Alf Nicholson.
Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD (April 2015)
“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background is that deep down inside, we all believe that we are above average drivers.” (Dave Barry. Dave Barry Turns Fifty. Goodreads “Quotes about Driving”.)
Bad Drivers? No, Just Bad Stereotypes
Data show that negative stereotypes about ‘Bad Drivers’ are simply untrue. So, where did these stereotypes come from and why are they still going strong? A recent study published in Psychological Science may help explain how these types of stereotypes got started and spread. A team of psychological scientists led by a Doug Martin of the Person Perception Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland examined what happens as social information is passed down a chain comprising multiple “generations” of individuals. As people share information, the researchers hypothesized, they tend to break it down into categories that are simpler and thus easier to understand.
Cultural stereotypes may then arise as the unintended but inevitable consequence of these shortcuts for sharing social information.
March newsletter from Tom Harrington LL B F Inst. MTD:
Speed Cameras Review
The Oireachtas Transport Committee is set to review the use of GoSafe cameras after a number of speeding cases were recently dismissed. Committee member Patrick O’Donovan said the current system isn’t working. “It is clear that the system is not working at the moment. There are questions about issuing of notices, as well as the location of vans and I believe that this and other issues need to be discussed in detail,” the Fine Gael TD said. In recent times, court cases involving Gosafe vans in Cavan, Monaghan, Clare and Limerick were dismissed. O’Donovan has asked for a full review of the Gosafe system. “I propose that the review should include the Departments of Justice, Transport, the Garda Siochana, the operator of the GoSafe vans together with legal practitioners who will be invited to come before the Committee.” He added “I have asked that this would commence as soon as possible so as to make sure that confidence is restored in the system.”
DVSA and The Stationery Office (TSO) have launched a new online learning resource to help learners pass their car theory test first time:
The ‘DVSA Learning Zone’ is a learning material that provides instant access to all the latest DVSA car theory test revision questions and answers.
If you’re studying for your car theory test, you can use this service to revise and take practice tests on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
You can also choose the amount of time you need to study.
The rates are:
1 week: £7.00
1 month: £10.00
3 months: £15.00
1 year: £25.00
To find out more, visit the DVSA Learning Zone website
From Elizabeth Smith | Driving Theory Test Service Manager:
In case any of your members use the theory test centre in Canterbury, I wanted to advise you that the location of this centre will be changing in May.
The last day of testing at the current site at St James House is Tuesday 12th May. There will be no testing in Canterbury between Wednesday 13th May and Monday 18th May to allow the fit out of the new site. Testing will then start at the new site on Monday 18th May.
The address of the new theory test site is as follows:
Lower Bridge Street
Candidates will be informed of the new address in their email confirmation of their test booking. The new site is on the main arterial through-road and directly opposite the Castle ruins.
Access to the new test centre at Canterbury is by way of two flights of stairs and there is no lift. We are advising candidates with restricted mobility to telephone 0300 200 1188 for advice on the available alternative arrangements.
Do you or any of your customers have old-style paper driving licences? Have you wondered what will happen to these paper licences once the paper counterpart to the photocard is abolished on 8 June 2015.
Read our latest post to find out more
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This weekend some of DVSA's online services for driver and rider trainers won't be available because of planned maintenance.
You won't be able to use the following services from 9:00am Saturday (28 March) until mid afternoon on Sunday (29 March):
- book and manage your practical driving test
- DVSA practical test business service
- ADI online services (eg. renew or update your registration)
- record Driver CPC training you provide
- check your Driver CPC periodic training hours
- upload delegated examiner records
We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
Online theory tests
The onlilne theory test booking service won't be affected. You and your trainees will still be able to book and manage your theory tests as usual.