2pass Newsletter - May 2012 issue 139
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Welcome to the latest 2pass Newsletter
In this months Issue:-
1) Driving examiner strike: candidates to attend tests
If you have a test booked for Thursday 10th May, The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) wants you to turn up for your driving test, despite the potential for strike action by driving examiners on that day.
You should still turn up for your test in case it can go ahead. Not all examiners are union members, and those that are might still turn up for work.
2) May 2012 Free Prize Draw
This months Competition comes from Avanquest and they are giving you the chance to win their latest software
3) How to beat parking fines
One in 12 drivers has beaten fines, despite being at fault.
4) Drug-driving law set to be introduced
Drug-driving in England and Wales could become a specific offence, with a potential jail term and fine, under a new law expected in the Queen's Speech.
Police have to show driving has been impaired by drugs to prosecute.
But under the plans, it will automatically be an offence to drive with certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of specified limits.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said legislation would give police powers to "remove this blight".
In the future, police will be equipped with handheld detection devices to test saliva at the roadside.
Full Story from the BBC website
5 ) Driving Tip of the Month
Dealing with blue lights and sirens of an emergency vehicle
If an ambulance, fire engine, police or other emergency vehicle approaches using flashing blue lights, headlights and/or sirens, keep off the road or consider the route of the emergency vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass.Don't Panic and still follow the rules of the Highway Code, like speed limits and traffic lights.
All vehicles on both sides of the road must slow down or even stop to leave a clear path, but do not endanger other road users. Don't stop in the middle of a junction. (If you're blocking the path of the emergency vehicle, you may have to turn the corner to get out of the way.)
The video below shows the correct procedure for dealing with an emergency vehicle when the blue lights and sirens are going.
Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor.More Video Lessons available from our Video Page Index
6) New online enquiry service for professional drivers
DSA has developed and launched a new online enquiry service for professional drivers.
The new online driver enquiry service, developed by DSA, has just been launched to allow lorry, bus and coach drivers working towards Driver CPC to go online to check records of the periodic training they’ve done.
Lorry, bus and coach drivers can access the service 24 hours a day, which provides a clear and simple online record, showing:
Drivers can register to use the service at direct.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc
7) Aspiring drivers with autism taught by Leamington ADI
David Myatt was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome later in life than some, but nine years later the 51-year-old is helping others with the disorder - as a driving instructor.
Autism and Asperger's syndrome are part of a range of disorders that can cause difficulties with communication and social skills, and which can lead to isolation and emotional problems.
Now he claims to be one of only three Driving Standards Agency registered driving instructors in the UK with Asperger's syndrome.
8) Kenyan Driving Schools Aim to Decrease Road Fatalities
About 1.2 million people around the world are killed in traffic accidents every year, according to the World Health Organization. Kenya has some of the world’s worst road fatality statistics, with more than 3,000 people killed annually.
Like so many other teenagers around the world, 19-year-old Martin Otieno Jr. can’t wait to get his driver’s license.
Full StoryVOA:- Voice of America
9) Vehicle licensing statistics 2011
Some Key findings from the DVLA stats:-
The publication presents information on motor vehicles in Great Britain that were licensed on the 31 December 2011 (the end of quarter 4/end of the year), or were registered for the first time during 2011. The statistics are derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which administers vehicle registration and licensing records in Great Britain.
Full Stats Department of Transport website
10) ADI News
Driving Tests to start at ASDA
Safety improvements for motorcyclists and lorry and bus drivers
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