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New minimum age driving test to be considered by government

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October 18  |  Company, Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Bill

Teenagers could have to wait a year longer than currently before they are allowed to take their driving test.

The government is considering issuing only 12-month probationary licences at the age of 18 in a bid to cut accidents involving young motorists.

New drivers would also face a curfew between 22:00 and 05:00 unless a passenger aged over 30 was in the car.

It recommends a one-year “learner stage” beginning at 17, during which drivers would have to total at least 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under supervision.

Learners can then take their test at 18 and, if they pass, will get a probationary licence and have to display a green “P” plate.

During this stage, drivers will face the curfew and all those under 30 will be banned from carrying any passengers also under 30.

After the 12-month probationary period, drivers will automatically graduate to a full licence and unrestricted driving.

Statistics show that more than a fifth of deaths on British roads in 2011 involved drivers aged 17-24.

Passenger Distraction – Accident Link

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June 4  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Bill

Recent research conducted by a leading UK Insurer suggested that 40% of drivers have admitted that having a passenger in their vehicle is the main cause of them becoming distracted when driving. 

Amazingly, 17% of drivers surveyed have said that due to the actions of their passengers, they have either suffered a road traffic accident or experienced a near miss.

The distraction for the driver usually comes from the back seat passengers. A commonly reported accident was where the driver was chatting to the rear seat passenger whilst looking in their rear view mirror, resulting in the driver colliding into the car in front.

In the battle of the sexes, men have confessed to being twice as likely as women to get distracted by a passenger, and admit to having suffered a bump whilst being distracted by their passenger.

Seat Belt Reminder

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September 20  |  Motoring, News  |   Paul

It is estimated that 33% of fatal road accidents in the UK involve drivers and passengers that were not wearing their seat belt. It has been a legal requirement in the UK since 1983 to wear a belt, and for good reason. Without wearing a seat belt, you are endangering the lives of not only yourself but others around you, and leaving everyone exposed to the risk of serious injury.

In the event of a Road Traffic Accident, it is the person who is not wearing a belt that will suffer the most injury and usually end up causing severe injury to fellow occupants of the vehicle. The wearing of a seat belt is the most basic form of road safety equipment fitted in any vehicle. Vehicles today come with a whole host of safety features, however the tried and trusted seatbelt should always be used on any journey, no matter how small.

If you have suffered a non fault accident in the last three years, or were a passenger in any vehicle regardless of fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

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Stormy Weather

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May 21  |  News  |   Paul

The Met Office has reported the wettest April in 2012 since records began over 100 years ago.
Although the rainfall was welcomed by farmers, it was not welcomed by Britain’s road users.

We have seen a marked increase in the number of road traffic accidents in April and in a majority of the claims reported we have noted that the inclement weather conditions played a large part.

Motorists were travelling too close and too fast behind the vehicle in front, often in the pouring rain resulting in the inevitable rear end collision, after the innocent driver had slowed down or come to a stop.

Rear End Shunts on the Increase.

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August 4  |  Company, Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Bill

Research has shown there are approximately 400,000 rear-end bumps on the roads each year in the UK, accounting for one in four of all road traffic accidents.

Data from more than 200,000 accident claims in 2010 found that 27% of them occurred when one car hit another from behind. This is a 9% increase in the percentage of these types of accidents from 2009.

Many rear-end collisions result in whiplash for the occupants of the vehicle and these type of accidents account for 75% of all bodily injury claims.

Congestion means we often travel in slow moving traffic. Drivers get frustrated and drive a little too aggressively. This can cause them to bump the car in front.

On faster roads many drivers don’t leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front. If the car in front needs to break suddenly, it’s possible to go straight into the back of them.

Rise in rogue firms shut down

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August 3  |  Company, Motoring, News  |   Paul

The Ministry of Justice has reported record numbers of unauthorised claims management companies have been shut down within the last year.

Nearly 350 firms were closed down last year in comparison to 35 the year before – a ten-fold increase.

This follows the Ministry of Justice’s reforms including restructuring ‘no win, no fee’ deals to discourage needless and excessive litigation as well as reviewing the way advertising is used by claims management companies to attract business.

The 349 firms who had their licences taken away in 2010/11 were either found to be in breach of rules or failed to meet the regulator’s requirements for authorisation.

In the worst cases, the reasons for action included evidence of fraud, misleading marketing and aggressive sales techniques.

Insurers cannot charge different premiums to men and women

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March 11  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   admin

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that insurers cannot charge different premiums to men and women, based on their gender. Continue Reading

Petrol prices increase to over six pounds a gallon

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March 11  |  Motoring, News  |   admin

The average price of petrol has risen again to top the £6/gallon or 132.12p/litre mark. Diesel prices have also gone up to a new record of 137.92p/litre. Continue Reading

RTA proud to launch new website

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February 22  |  Company, News  |   admin

RTA Assistance is delighted to announce the launch of its new website. The site’s clear design and easy navigation helps those seeking information on RTA’s services and is also the best online resource for companies to find out the advantages of working with RTA. Continue Reading

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