|2Pass Newsletter||June- July 2008 / Issue 112|
|Driving Tip of the Month
Two Second Rule
You owe it to yourself and your passengers to keep a safe gap between you and the car ahead at all times.
Collingwood Learner Driver Insurance.
The DSA is systematically replacing old-style test centres with all-new super sites, which could be up to 30 miles away from home, according to the latest Department for Transport (DfT) guidelines. The DSA has already shut down 32 sites nationwide, but the DfT has now revealed a further 26 are set to follow.
Refunds for Saturday Tests
Have you booked and paid for a practical test for a Saturday since November 1st 2005? If yes, you may be eligible for a refund of the extra fee. The refund offered is the premium paid for a Saturday test, currently £10.50 for a car test.
DSA believes around 270,000 people will be affected.
"Show me, Tell me" Changes
The DSA introducted the "Show me, tell me" safety questions for all categories of tests in September 2003.
From 1st July 2008 addtional questions to be included to more accurately reflect the need for candidates to have the skills and knowledge to ensure they and their vehicles are safe to be on the road.
Risk spelled out to drink-drivers
DRINK-driving can cause lasting damage to your life. That’s the message behind a £1.6 million THINK! campaign. It emphasises that a drink-driving conviction stays on your licence for a massive 11 years – but in that time, your heart will beat 400 million times, you’ll drink the equivalent of 36 bathtubs full of water and climb enough stairs to scale Everest twice. More
Drivers caught using mobile phones
Drivers caught using their hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel face a huge increase in premiums when they renew their car insurance, on top of three points on their licence and a £60 fine. The revelation comes in an AA survey of the cover providers it uses to offer policies. It found companies are jacking up the annual price by as much as 18 per cent if the motorist discloses they have a CU80 – the code for a mobile phone offence – on their driving licence.
Sky-high fuel prices are driving motorists to crime. Filling stations are being plagued by an unprecedented rise in forecourt drive-offs, according to figures from the British Oil Security Syndicate. It says the numbers rose by 20 per cent last year, and early indications show there has been a “further noticeable increase” since January. Although CCTV cameras monitor vehicles on the forecourt, criminals who are operating a steal-to-order policy are dodging these using a practice known as ‘stripping’, where registration plate numbers are temporarily altered with tape.
Crazy but True!
Bin men issued with sat-nav? Get lost! That’s the reaction from refuse collectors at the City of York Council, where bosses have invested a total of £40,000 to install navigation devices in the authority’s 29-strong fleet of dumper trucks.
The council has come under fire for wasting taxpayers’ money – as the vehicles follow the same simple routes every week.
Driving instructors may soon get star ratings under new Government plans. Learners could use these to gauge tutors’ pass rates, and ‘cherry pick’ those who are most likely to get them through their practical test at the first attempt. It’s part of a raft of changes to test and driver training which have been proposed by the Department for Transport (DfT). But driving school BSM claims the plans are unfair. Its road safety expert Robin Cummins – a former chief examiner at the Driving Standards Agency – said: “A star rating should be measured against the local pass rate, the national average and the number of tests pupils have done. It’s too simplistic to say instructor A is better than instructor B because more of his pupils passed.”
Other proposals include giving instructors the final say over whether pupils are ready to take their test – although this could encourage unnecessarily long training.
The DfT says it wants to improve young drivers’ standards. Currently, one in five has an accident within six months of getting their licence.
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