Archives for June 2015

Driving School Colchester: Who are the Worst Drivers in Britain?

Learning who the Worst Drivers in Britain are, is still far from your concern as a learner driver in a Driving School Colchester but seeing the significance of knowing this from a new study could help you have a glimpse of the complex world you’re getting into as you progress in your chosen career in driving.

You may be surprised to know that ironically, the highly skilled and educated medical professionals like doctors of medicine are number one offending drivers. These people are actually working as general practitioners who have been found to be the worst drivers in Britain for already a second year in a row. These drivers are topping in the list of most likely to make car insurance claims.

A study showed that more than a quarter of doctors or 28 % of them claimed on their car insurance in the past three years. This figure is two times higher than the national average of only 14 %. With all these figures, a learner driver could already think how complex the world of driving they’re going into.

Its complexity lies in a perplexing situation that if highly professional people, who are supposed to be highly disciplined individuals of our society being doctors in their chosen fields could make it to the top of the list of offenders, would it mean that non-professionals are more educated and law-abiding than them?

If you get in-depth, you’ll know the answer. A study showed such doctors’ offences can be traced not to their lack of discipline or unwillingness to follow the rules rather to the stress associated in the practice of their profession.

The study also showed that other medical professionals claimed second place in the list of offending drivers for already two consecutive years. This accounts 26.9 % of all hospital consultants who claimed their car insurance in the last three years. The counsellors for drug addiction got to the third spot with 25.6 %. The health visitors got to the fourth place with 24.9 %.

The non-health profession vocations got fifth and sixth places making them as the only group to make it to the top 10 of car insurance claims, whilst the probation officers got 24.4 % which is still in the fifth spot and environmental health officers are also in the sixth place at 23.6 %.

The remaining places in the top 10 professions most likely to claim are community nurses at 23.3 %, speech therapists at 23.2 %, dental surgeons at 22.9 % and clinical psychologists at 22.6 %. The occupations such as professional footballers, painters, couriers and plasterers have the lowest number of claims in their car insurance.

Andrew Smith, a professor who is an expert on health and occupational psychology opined that stress could have a dramatic effect on the body’s cognitive functions and its overall health. When people experience a stressful day, it’s often that they find themselves become absent-minded or especially clumsy as they struggle to concentrate on certain tasks.

In any context, stress symptoms can be a serious thing, and it can be potentially dangerous when you’re behind the steering wheel. So, as doctors and other medical professionals are doing highly stressful jobs, it’s not surprising that they had the highest proportion of claims in their car insurance. However, the incidents were usually minor bumps caused by lapses in driving concentration, so they weren’t serious accidents.

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UK Launches £10 Million Prize for Battery Innovation Competition

The British Government Has Launched a £10 Million Prize for Battery Design Innovation Intended for the ULEV Next Generation. The competition will open for bids in April, 2015 with a winner to be announced in the summer.

In announcing the prize, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said that the challenge with this competition is to draw on the world-class scientific research of the UK and eventually develop a battery which will be commercially viable at the cutting edge of innovation and ready to be put into mass production.

This competition will be open to all research establishments in the UK which are working together with car manufacturers based in Britain. Quentin Willson, a Transport Campaigner who has been one of the officials involved in the designing of the £10 million prize, said that Britain should lead the world in cutting-edge ULEV battery technology.

Willson said this initiative of the British government will definitely help in the creation of jobs and establish a whole new industry as well as boosting the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “I totally support this £10 million prize for the best in Britain battery innovation,” Willson added.

This competition in April, this year is expected to lead in the development of a battery pack which is commercially-viable for electric cars. Then the UK government’s £10-million prize at stake towards the needed innovation in battery design will become the historic seed money to fund a new battery pack which is high-voltage for the next generation of ULEVs.

This undertaking has been seen as humanity’s one of the greatest hopes in saving our mother Earth from further environmental degradation and devastating effects of climate change. This is actually timely as the British government is currently investing £500 million to accelerate uptake of electric cars.

To further boost this laudable government initiative, there are supportive business establishments in Britain which are launching mobile electric vehicle charging units.

Tasked to run the competition is “Innovate UK” which will award the £10 million prize to a “Consortium of Organisations.” This group is expected to include a research organisation and at least one vehicle manufacturer as well as experts in battery controls, software and electronics.

As this developed, most new electric vehicles have already the range of around 100 miles per hour (mph). To increase this range will definitely boost the market or salability of ULEVs. Records could show that sales of plug-in vehicles have increased from around 3,585 in the year 2013 to 14,497 in 2014.

Currently, there are around 20 plug-in models available in the market. In 2011, there were only six models of this type. Each of these current models which has made into the UK’s 10 best-selling brands is now having a ULEV in its range.

So, the government now aims that by the year 2040, ULEVs will account for every new vehicle on the road. In this connection, the British government will be investing £500 million from the year 2015 to 2020 aimed at boosting the ULEV industry in order to even go further ahead and help drivers afford it and feel confident in using ULEVs.

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Britain’s Online “Make A Plea” Service for Motorists

The United Kingdom (UK) which has a strong heritage of transport innovations now leads the world in making life easier even to the offenders, as drivers in Britain who are charged with minor driving offences are now able to make a plea online or through the internet under a new government service.

This latest addition to the government service worthy to be hailed, covers England and Wales. This is called “Make A Plea” (MAP) service (having an easier-to-remember acronym) will involve offences such as driving without insurance and speeding.

The area in Manchester is the place where the scheme has been successfully piloted, so it has become a part of the government’s plan to modernise its courts, which have been dealing with half a million minor driving or motoring offences every year.

The new digital system means that within 24 hours a day through the truly secure website, defendants would be able to make their pleas from any suitable devices. This service has been offered as an alternative to attending court or a postal plea, and this is said to have been created to meet the pressing needs of court users.

Courts Minister Shailesh Vara stressed that digital technology has been making our justice system simpler, faster and clearer. A part of this means removing or reducing the unnecessary movement of people and paper around the system.

Vara said this new “Make A Plea” service has reduced costs and time of the case for the courts and the police, to ensure that they can have focus on the most complex cases making them more effective in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Thus, it makes it simple, quick and easy for people to have access to justice.

This is actually widening the modernisation of the British courts which has included an investment of £160 million in digital technology for the courtrooms which includes among others the wifi, improved IT systems and video links that’s ending the system’s reliance on paper making it completely paperless.

It can be recalled that from late March, motoring offenders which are low-level can make their pleas online to save money and time. The new “Make A Plea” in the government’s digital service will offer this alternative to drivers who have committed “minor” motoring offences. These include speeding and driving with no insurance.

Vara said the government’s £160 million investment on courtroom digital technology will not only make justice simpler but quicker. It will also lessen the workload of courts, as many offending motorists will not anymore go to the courts in person to submit a plea. This would also give the courts and the police plenty of time in concentrating to the more complicated cases.

The British courts are currently dealing with a large number of minor offences of the motorists every year. So it has become imperative that in the 21st century, British courts should be using secure web technology purposely to relieve some of the pressures. “Make A Plea” service is expected to speed up resolutions of cases for offending motorists, and the courts will also be freeing itself from unnecessary pressures giving them time to work for more serious motoring offences such as dangerous driving.

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The Ministry of Driving

34 Manor Road

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United Kingdom (UK)

Phone: 07557 745904
Email: info@tmod.co.uk