2pass Newsletter - March 2012 issue 138
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Welcome to the latest 2pass Newsletter
In this months Issue:-
1) A New Hazard Perception Test on the way in 2013
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have confirmed that they are in the process of updating the clips in the Hazard Perception Test, with the aim of introducing them into the test by the end of 2013.
The current clips were created by filming developing hazards in a variety of road and traffic situations using a specially adapted car with a camera. The hazards in them are still relevant, but the image quality is not as clear or defined as is available today.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) wants you to have a look at samples of new hazard perception clips that have been computer generated. It means DSA can introduce hazards that would be hard to film safely – particularly those involving vulnerable road users.
Have a look at the videos below which show samples of new hazard perception clips that have been computer generated.
2) February 2012 Free Prize Draw
This months Competition comes from Avanquest and they are giving you the chance to win their latest software
3) Should children be given driving lessons?
There is a call for the government to encourage young people to learn driving skills before they are old enough to hold a licence.
The Institute of Advanced Motoring believes a lack of driving experience, rather than age, is the reason one in 10 young drivers crash within a year of passing their test.
A number of companies are now offering courses for children as young as 11, in the hope that giving them early driving experience might ultimately make them safer on the road.
Nick Ravenscroft reportsfrom the BBC
4) Learner drivers could be 'risk on motorways' this year
There are fears more accidents will happen on Britain's motorways when learners are allowed to drive on them later this year.
At the moment it is illegal to get behind the wheel on motorways in the UK until after passing the driving test.
Roads minister Mike Penning says he plans to change that by the summer.
There are no plans to make learning to drive on motorways compulsory, as some people who live in rural areas would have a long way to travel for the training.
5 ) Driving Tip of the Month
Lane discipline on Motorways
Lane discipline is vitally important on motorways. You should normally drive in the left-hand lane.
Don't use the middle lane just because you're travelling at speed.
In this video John Stapleton looks into why people do it and what effects it has on the driver hogging the lane and other road users.
Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor.More Video Lessons available from our Video Page Index
6) Driving tests return to Warrington
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is bringing practical driving tests back to Warrington as part of a trial to provide a more local service for candidates.
The former driving test centre in Warrington closed in 2008 when a new multi-purpose test centre opened in St Helens, but from 5 March DSA will begin testing on a temporary basis from the Paddington House Hotel on Manchester Road.
Testing at the Paddington House Hotel is initially planned to run until June, and tests are then expected to transfer to Warrington Borough Council’s Orford Community Hub on Festival Avenue.
7) Car costs push young people onto trains
The Association of Train Operators has said that ‘a generation of young people’ has turned to rail travel as ‘rocketing motoring costs’ have made cars an ‘unaffordable luxury’.
There were over 1.2million 16-25 Railcard holders last year, almost a third higher than the 950,000 who had a Railcard in 2005.
Edward Welsh, a spokesperson for ATOC said:
Full Story Rail.co
8) Drivers urged to think biker
A £1.2 million THINK! campaign urging drivers to see the person behind the motorcycle helmet was launched this month by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.
The TV adverts will show bikers with flashing neon signs attached to their bikes. The signs show the rider’s name and information about them such as ‘shy retiring type’ or ‘new dad’. The voiceover at the end asks drivers to look out for motorcyclists next time they are out driving.
The campaign was informed by research showing that drivers are more likely to notice motorcyclists on the roads if they know a biker themselves.
Click the image below to watch the Video
Full StoryDepartment for Transport
9) We're the fuel tax capital of Europe
British motorists are shouldering the heaviest tax burden in the EU at the pumps, official figures reveal.
Sixty per cent of the price of unleaded petrol and 58 per cent of the cost of diesel is made up of duties and VAT in Britain, the highest percentages in the European Union.
The figures show that the soaring tax take has made overall diesel pump prices in Britain the highest in the EU, while the price of unleaded petrol is the eighth highest.
The mid-January price for diesel in the UK was 141.3p a litre. But without tax and duties, it would be only 59.8p. Unleaded petrol cost 132.9p, although without tax and duties it would be a much more manageable 52.8p.
Even since the analysis was completed, pump prices have continued to soar.
Full StoryDaily Mail website
10) ADI News
Renewing your ADI registration just got easier
You’ll be able to complete your application online and not send anything in by post.
Guide to taking ADI check tests republished
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