Are you looking for a way to get cheaper car insurance? Well, the Department for Transport is here to help you.
UK motorists could be offered lower car insurance premiums if they take part in a new course to make them more aware of cyclists on the road, according to the government.
In 2017, 100 cyclists were killed on UK roads, along with a further 470 pedestrians. This is an increase of 5% compared to the previous year.
This new initiative from the Department for Transport comes as one of 50 new measures in a bid to reduce the number of cyclist and pedestrian deaths.
If this new measure comes into place, local authorities will be encouraged to spend around 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.
The Department for Transport also intends to create a brand new police unit to analyse CCTV footage evidence of dangerous driving in the UK.
This new unit has been named the “back off unit”, as outlined in the two-year plan. It is the result of a similar operation carried out by North Wales Police in 2016. This unit dealt with over 120 cases through submitted footage of dangerous driving.
It is also possible that the Highway Code could be reviewed to consider guidelines on how drivers should behave when it comes to vulnerable road users.
Cycling UK, British Cycling, Living Streets, Sustrans and The Ramblers formed an alliance to express their frustration about the fact that there was not much emphasis on speed reduction in the overall strategy.
Paul Tuhoy, chief executive of Cycling UK, commented: “Lowering vehicle speeds around people walking, cycling and horse riding doesn’t just reduce the danger to them, but also their perception of the danger.
“While the DfT’s proposals for amendments to the Highway Code will help save lives, ignoring the threat and dangers of speeding is disappointing.”
Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman added: “Greater road safety – and especially the protection of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders – is essential.
“We want to improve air quality, encourage healthy exercise, reduce obesity and boost our high streets and economic productivity.
“That means more support for cycling and walking, and that’s why these new measures are designed to deliver.”
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