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What is the future of road safety in the UK?

Latest Motor News // 31 March 2014

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists have made some predictions about the future of road safety over the next 50 years – how many do you agree with?


  • Every police station should have drug testing facilities and drug limits will be set for the first time
  • Drink-driving limit in Scotland expected to fall to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood rather the existing 80, in line with most of Europe. It remains undecided whether Westminster will follow.

 By 2020

  • Graduated licensing for new UK drivers
  • No more hard shoulders and more motorways will have all lanes in full use
  •  More EU technical regulations will be introduced such an anti-lock brakes on motorcycles mandatory, e-call emergency buttons in cars

Beyond 2020

  • First driverless cars on UK roads
  •  ‘platooning’ of HGVs on motorways, with the lead lorry the only one actually being driven. Cars could even follow in this soon after.
  •  Advent of ‘intelligent’ roads, with roadside sensors warning drivers of hazards such as ice and bends
  • Cars fitted with Intelligent Speed Adaption, to stop them exceeding the local speed limit, preventing up to 33 per cent or urban accidents


It all sounds very exciting but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Before driving is fully automated why not get a quote for a good old fashioned manual with Moneybarn, the UK’s leading provider of specialist car finance.