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Department for Transport unveils major reform of traffic signs and regulations

After years of pressure from CTC, the national cycling charity, the Department for Transport has unveiled a major reform of the traffic signs and signals regulations, which will allow better quality cycle facilities to be built, and much greater flexibility for local authorities to adopt their own approaches.

The proposed changes mean that cycle priority crossings of main roads will be easier.

Government announces full review of driving offences and penalties

The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that the Government will conduct a full review of driving offences and penalties over the next few months.

He also announced that the custodial sentence for drivers who kill while disqualified from driving, unlicensed or uninsured, will be extended from the current two years to ten years.

A separate offence of causing serious injury whilst disqualified, unlicensed or uninsured will also be created, with a maximum sentence of four years.

European parliament voted to introduce safer lorry design

h3. Euro vote to make lorries safer The European parliament has voted to change the regulations for the design of lorry cabs. The new design will make lorries safer and more fuel efficient. Under the "proposed regulations":http://www.transportenvironment.org/sites/te/files/publications/Truck_Fi..., lorry manufacturers would be given more design space for the front end of the cab. The larger cab design would allow for bigger windscreens, thus reducing blind spots around the cab.

Advertising watchdog withdraws ruling banning ads showing supposedly 'unsafe cycling'

Back in January, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that all future cyclists appearing in television advertisements should only be shown wearing helmets and riding close to the kerb.

Road safety organisations urge DfT to increase transparency of vehicle operator risk scores

Road safety campaigners and charitable organisations, including the Cyclists’ Defence Fund and CTC, the national cycling charity, have written to Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, to express their support for transparency in the data the Department for Transport (DfT) holds on lorry safety.

The DfT is reviewing all datasets which are not currently published and considering which could be published, including the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS).

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