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Government consults on new road collision investigation branch

The Government has announced a consultation into establishing a Road Collision Investigation Branch dedicated to learning lessons from road traffic collisions, including those including self-driving cars.

The RCIB would operate in a similar way to air, maritime and rail accident independent bodies, carrying out thematic investigations and probing specific incidents to make safety recommendations to help improve road safety across the country.

“We should be challenging ourselves on whether we are understanding all we can about the causes of road collisions and what could be done to prevent them – our research to date suggests that more could be learnt – which is why today’s consultation is so important and so welcome,” said RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding in response to the announcement.

The consultation will run until 9 December and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/creating-a-road-collision-investigation-branch-rcib.

Licence Check owner acquires DriverCheck

Licence Check parent company Ebbon Group has acquired licence checking specialist DriverCheck, which the company said makes it the “clear market leader in fleet compliance”.

The two businesses, which Ebbon Group said will continue to operate as stand-alone entities with separate teams and branding, have a combined 3500 customers responsible for half a million vehicles and over 1.1m licence checks per year.

“We have acquired DriverCheck to grow our fleet market compliance capability, but will continue to operate Licence Check and DriverCheck as separate, stand-alone brands with their own individual identities,” said Robert Pilkington, Ebbon Group director. “We will invest heavily in both with the latest technology to enhance the customer offering,”

Coventry named as top EV city

Coventry has been named as the most EV-friendly city outside of London, beating Milton Keynes and Brighton & Hove into second and third places.

Point Electrical looked at the total number of EV charging devices, the increase in devices over the past two years and the number per 100,000 population to compile a top 10 that also took in Leeds, Cornwall, the Orkney Islands, Highland, Sterling, East Lothian and Glasgow City, highlighting the efforts Scotland has made in building an infrastructure.

 

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