motors: Cameras Bill spells misery for millions.NEW figures released by one of the UK's leading insurers have shown that almost one million drivers on their database could be just one offence away from facing a driving ban under the new proposed Road Safety Bill.
Shockingly, the report also highlights a further 4.7 million drivers who have current endorsements on their licences.
These results were highlighted in a survey produced by YouGov for Direct Line Insurance, provoking pro·vok·ing
Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations: a provoking delay at the airport.
pro·vok a debate on the BBC BBC
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Newsnight openly debated the potential impact of these changes in the new Road Safety Bill with Transport Minister Dr Stephen Lady-man and other industry figures.
The new bill includes changes to the current points structure and the government's policy on enforcement camera's visibility and location, putting even more pressure on the UK motorists identified in the report.
The proposed changes highlight that cameras will no longer have to be located only at accident blackspots, but also in areas which could be a potential accident zone through speed being a factor. This moves the government from reactive use of speed cameras, to a more proactive focus, preventing accidents from happening.
New and existing cameras will not have to be brightly marked as before. These factors do increase the chances of driver prosecutions and will surely bring concern to the many drivers who rely on their licence for their job and livelihood.
Most drivers do not set out to speed and break the law' they are often caught out following the speed of traffic or just getting distracted dis·tract·ed
1. Having the attention diverted.
2. Suffering conflicting emotions; distraught.
dis·tract or confused. So how do drivers avoid falling foul of the new regulations, increased insurance premiums due to endorsements and further putting their licence at risk?
Well, the Road Safety Bill and Government policy clearly support and acknowledge the benefits of GPS based driver safety systems. During a recent parliamentary session This article or section deals primarily with the United Kingdom and does not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. and re-enforced on the Newsnight programme, Dr Ladyman when asked about these devices replied: "Such devices will continue to be perfectly legal' in fact I have one myself."
In that same parliamentary session, Ladyman's views were supported further by conservative Shadow Transport Minister Owen Patterson who also stated his approval of GPS based safety products and acknowledged owning such a device.
Stephen Ladyman's comments have been welcomed by the UK's leading manufacturer of GPS based driver warning systems Blackspot Interactive maker of Road Angel.
Chief executive Steven Salmon explained: "We are very pleased that Dr Ladyman has endorsed the recognition contained within the planned road safety bill that GPS safety products like Road Angel work hand in glove Adv. 1. hand in glove - in close cooperation; "they work hand in glove"
cooperatively, hand and glove with the stated intention of enforcement cameras' to alert drivers of their speed in locations where accidents are most likely to occur.
"Our stance has always been one of promoting safer driving and helping drivers stay within the law through being alert and aware of local road regulations and conditions.
"Indeed, an independent 1-million mile fleet test has proved that business drivers using Road Angel have 50 per cent fewer accidents and are 74 per cent less likely to receive endorsements."
Road Angel GPS accident blackspot An accident blackspot is a term used in road safety management to denote a place where accidents are concentrated. It may occur for a variety of reasons, such as a sharp drop or corner in a straight road, so oncoming traffic is concealed, a hidden junction on a fast road, poor or and safety camera warning systems alert drivers to accident blackspots, primary school zones, safety camera locations and other hazardous stretches of road, providing drivers with daily updated information. This information is collected from the police, local authorities, the DFT DFT - discrete Fourier transform and existing Road Angel customers and is all managed by Blackspot Inter-actives' in house data support team.
THE FUTURE ISN'T ORANGE... Speed cameras won't be brightly painted under the new proposed Road Safety Bill.