News

17/07/2017

Towing Trailers Safely

As the summer holidays are approaching, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging drivers to make sure their trailers, caravans and horseboxes are safe and legal.

The DVSA #TowSafe4Freddie campaign was launched in November last year and has been calling on drivers using a trailer to perform basic safety checks following the tragic death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey.

Freddie was walking with his mother in Bedminster, Bristol, when a two-tonne trailer became detached from a Land Rover. The trailer mounted the kerb before hitting Freddie.

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22/05/2017

Equine Road Transport Survey

Please help to make transport by road safer for equines and their human handlers.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) and the British Horse Society (BHS) are working together to identify ways in which horse transport can be made safer. We believe that the experience of owners, riders and trainers can provide invaluable information.

The survey includes questions about your experience of transporting equines - whether they are transported for you or by you – and what measures should be taken to reduce the risks associated with transporting equines by road. The responses to the survey will be analysed and the key factors associated with best practice identified.

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11/11/2016

Injured Horse Rider Urges Drivers to Slow Down

An event rider from the Newcastle Emlyn area is urging drivers to slow down and take care when they drive on rural roads, following an accident only five minutes from her home between the villages of Rhydlewis and Brongest last week.

It was originally thought that Sophie Spiteri had suffered a clot on the lung following her fall on the tarmac, but she came away with only minor injuries.

A knowledgeable horse woman, Sophie can be seen riding her retired race horses and youngsters daily around the country lanes of Brongest, the village where she lives. On her usual daily morning hack on her five-year-old thoroughbred gelding Gulliver, she was met by a white van, and Sophie says the driver made no attempt to stop.

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20/10/2016

Project EDWARD Results

Results from the first European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) have been published by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network) and the European Commission.

Summary of results:

  • On Wednesday 21 September 2016 (Project EDWARD day) there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries
  • This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015 and represents a like-for-like reduction of almost 39 per cent
  • 19 countries recorded zero fatalities on 21 September, compared with 11 countries in 2015. Eight of these countries had recorded at least one fatality on 21 September 2015
  • Seven other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015
  • Three countries recorded an increase in fatalities
  • A full country-by-country result sheet is available here

Twitter impact:

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19/09/2016

Project EDWARD: Let's Make 21st September a European Day Without a Road Death

The first European Day Without A Road Death is taking place across Europe on Wednesday 21 September. Devised as Project EDWARD by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative seeks to draw attention to the average of 70 deaths occurring every day on the roads of Europe.

UK support for Project EDWARD comes from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Road Safety GB, Road Safety Scotland, Road Safety Wales, the Automobile Association and many public and private organisations.

TISPOL believes it’s vital to gain the support of national governments, as well as winning the hearts and minds of individual road users, in order to bring about sustained and significant reductions in death and injury on Europe’s roads.

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24/03/2016

Dead? Or Dead Slow?: New Statistics Reveal Threat on Britain’s Roads for Horse Riders

Over 60% of incidents involving horses on the roads happen between 10am and 3pm, with accidents most commonly occurring in June, new statistics from The British Horse Society (BHS) reveal**.

Dead Slow BHS Campaign

The statistics are disclosed as the charity announces the launch of a campaign urging drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road.

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