Two changes to motoring in Britain are causing particular concern in terms of road safety at the start of 2015.
The first is the newly-reduced drink-drive limit in Scotland, while the second is the trials of driverless cars in England.
North of the border motorists are now over the limit if they have more than 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – instead of the previous 80mg still seen in other parts of the UK.
The new limit brings Scotland in line with several other nations in Europe.
Slash drink-drive limit
Now an MSP is calling for the Scottish Government to make the limit 30mg for those who drive buses and other forms of public transport and also for HGV drivers.
Christian Allard, a SNP MSP, says a tenth of all people killed on the roads of Scotland are involved in incidents involving drivers who are over the limit.
The damage is worse when the vehicles involved are large and the people who drive them are better trained than drivers of cars.
He says there should be no trace of alcohol in the system of people who drive lorries and buses, and the law should reflect that.
Automotive technology is improving all the time and many systems are designed to make driving easier and safer. One of these involves revolutionary driverless vehicle technology but it seems some people have yet to be convinced that it is safe.
Driverless car trials
The Government has selected several cities in which to trial the new technology, including Coventry and Bristol.
A new poll carried out by Rias suggests that just a fifth of motorists over the age of 40 living in the West Midlands and the South West of England would be happy to have a car that drives itself.
The only region of Britain in which drivers were less keen on driverless cars is the North East, the survey found.
The trials will soon be underway in Greenwich and Milton Keynes, as well as Bristol and Coventry.
Just 29% of 750 drivers indicated they would like to own a driverless car, with just 15% of North Easterners sharing this opinion, compared to 43% of those from the East Midlands and the North West.
There is slightly less concern among 60 to 69-year-olds in Britain, with 32% happy to own a car with driverless technology.
The managing director of Rias, Peter Corfield, says the prospect of driverless cars is incredible and it is good many older motorists would consider using them.
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Source: Daily Record
Date Published: January 3, 2015
Author: David Brown