New Car Registrations Fall in May – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

New Car Registrations Fall in May – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

The number of new cars that were sold in May fell 8.5% compared to May 2016, with buyers more cautious in the run-up to the general election, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said.

According to the SMMT, there were 186,265 new cars registered in May. But sales of electrical or hybrid cars rebounded after a fall in sales in April. They now have a record 4.4% market share in the UK, the largest it has ever been.

So far in 2017, around 1.1 million new cars have been registered, around 0.6% less than the previous year.

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Chief Executive of SMMT, Mike Hawes said: “Although demand has fallen, it’s important to remember that the market remains at a very high level and with a rate of new models packed with the latest low-emission and connected technology coming to market this summer, we expect the market to remain strong over the year,”

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There are a couple of reasons why we have seen a considerable decline in the number of new cars registered in May, one of which we mentioned earlier – the run-up to the general election.

Another reason is that on 1 April the new Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED) came into force. Meaning that those considering purchasing a new car rushed to get it done before the 1st April. In March a record 562,337 new vehicles were registered as buyers rushed to beat the rise in VED.

“We expected demand in the new car market to remain negative in May due to the pull-forward to March,” Mr Hawes said.

“Added to this, the general election was always likely to give many pauses for thought and affect purchasing patterns in the short term.”

Over half of all vehicles sold in May were petrol driven, a slight increase on the previous year, whereas the sale of diesel cars had dropped by 20% from the previous year.

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‘Smart motorway’ offenders could be offered retraining – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

‘Smart motorway’ offenders could be offered retraining – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

Drivers caught offending on smart motorways in England could be retrained. Smart motorways operate variable speed limits and can open the hard shoulder for use to help reduce congestion.

Police chiefs said that the new rules involving smart motorways were confusing motorists and more awareness was needed to inform drivers of the rules.

In 2016, over 1,000 tickets were issued, an increase on the year before. As you can imagine, a number of excuses were given, amongst them were drivers who claimed they were half on the hard shoulder and half in the first lane, as it was the fastest route between two places. Another excuse was that they were driving on the hard shoulder as they were looking for signage to their destination.

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The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) said it wanted to create a greater awareness of the road rules and improve compliance with them.

Details on the retraining of offenders are yet to be confirmed, but ideas being discussed include courses, similar to a speed awareness course, for this who break the variable speed limit, use lanes closed or use the hard shoulder when it has been closed.

In England and Wales, there are currently more than 200 miles of smart motorways, with another 200 miles in construction. Current smart motorways include sections of the M1, M4, M6 and M25.

Suzette Davenport, from the NPCC stated the the scheme would help those who are confused about when to use the hard shoulder as an extra lane.

“I genuinely don’t know that people understand when it is OK,” she said. “Absolutely there are people who will now use the hard shoulder if there is a queue of traffic so they get off more quickly because they don’t want to sit in a queue.

“I’m not sure that would have happened say 15 years ago.”

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Ms Davenport says a motorway course would bring it in line with other parts of the road network.

“We don’t have national driver offender retraining courses for the motorways. So if you get caught on the motorway you are going to get a ticket.

“Whereas we have about one million people a year on other road networks who are being caught driving and are going on national offender retraining. So we’ve been talking to Highways England about developing a course.”

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Thousands Caught Using Phones While Driving – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

Thousands Caught Using Phones While Driving – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

Nearly 8,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phone illegally while driving during a week-long crackdown by police.

Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland issued more than 40 fines an hour during the campaign back in November.

They also issued 68 court summonses, delivered hundred of verbal warnings and identified 117 other distraction offences such as eating or drinking while behind the wheel.

The police have said that the results were ‘encouraging’ and another week-long campaign is to begin from today.

It is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving, those who break that law could face penalty points and a fine.

Calls to prevent drivers using phones intensified last year in the wake of several high-profile cases and research indicating that it was widespread.

Back in October last year, Tomasz Kroker, the lorry driver who killed a mother and three children whilst distracted by his mobile phone was jailed for ten years.

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Matt Butler, a traffic inspector for Dorset Police, told BBC Radio 5 live that it was not yet socially unacceptable to use a mobile phone but one day we will get there. The aim is to make using your phone while driving just as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

He went on to say: “Although you may get away with it [using your mobile phone] a few times, sooner or later you are going to have a crash and that crash is going to hurt somebody really badly,” he said.

“So it is not just about ‘I’ve been naughty, I’ve been caught doing something’, it’s about the end effect and that is what we need people to remember.”

Previous crackdowns saw 2,690 fines issued in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015 and 2,323 in May last year.

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