New Campaign to Educate Road Users on Safety at Railway Level Crossings

New Campaign to Educate Road Users on Safety at Railway Level Crossings

Four Fatalities & 96 Serious Near Misses in Recent Years

Monday 8 April 2012: The Road Safety Authority, Iarnród Éireann and the Railway Safety Commission are launching today, Monday April 8, ‘Safety at Level Crossings’ a new public awareness campaign aimed atmaking road users aware of the correct behaviour at railway crossings and the dangers posed by their misuse.

As part of the campaign a new information booklet, ‘Safety at Level Crossings’and a 30 second radio ad have been produced to provide guidance to road users.

Speaking on the new campaign Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar said: “Tragically there have been four fatalities at level crossings since 2007. Road users should always be conscious of the dangers posed by level crossings. The State also has a duty to raise awareness of the risks, so I’m very pleased to see the RSA, Iarnród Éireann and the Railway Safety Commission joining forces for this life-saving campaign”.

“These rules are there to save lives. Your own actions at a level crossing can have a significant impact on your own welfare, and the lives of others. Something as simple as leaving a gate open at an unattended crossing can have disastrous consequences for anyone who follows.”

Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said: “From 2002 to 2011 there have been 21 collisions between trains and users of crossings and this new awareness campaign will provide clear advice on how to behave correctly and safely. In addition to the new booklet and radio ad I’m pleased to say that the section of the Rules of the Road dealing with level crossings and railway bridges has now been updated in conjunction withIarnród Éireann and the Railway Safety Commission.”

Mr Brett added: “This campaign highlights to road users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers the dangers posed by level crossings and the steps they should take to stay safe when using them. It is up to each and every one of us to share our roads safely and I welcome this joint initiative with Iarnród Éireann and the Railway Safety Commission as another step towards making Irish roads the safest in Europe.”

Speaking at the launch, David Franks, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann said: “Between 2009 and June 2012 there have been 96 Category 1 ‘near misses’. This refers to incidents where the train driver made an emergency brake application in response to a hazard.  It is vital that road users understand that they must approacha level crossing with care and then slow down and be prepared to stop. Some people may not realise that you must obey the signs and roadway markings at a level crossing. It is highly dangerous to zigzag around the barriers of a crossing or stop on the railway tracks. “

Mr Franks added, “In addition to our most serious incidents there have been241 cases where a vehicle has been in collision with a level crossing and 86 reports of an obstruction on a crossing. However this is below the European average for such incidents.Iarnród Éireann does not want anyone to be injured, or God forbid killed, at a level crossing and I would urge all road users to take a look at the new guidelines and keep themselves, other road users andIarnród Éireann staff safe at all times”.

Commenting on the new campaign and guidelines, Railway Safety Commissioner Gerald Beesley, stated “I strongly welcome the launch of the guidelines which is timely and necessary. In particular I hope that this campaign highlights to all road users the dangers posed due to carelessness at railway level crossings especially those that are unattended. Unattended railway level crossings are a high risk area and practically all the documented ‘near misses’ occurred at these types of crossings.”

Mr Beesley added, “I would urge people to remember that you must shut and fasten the gates at level crossings after you. We have had20 incidents of a train striking a gate as a result of them being left open by a road user which creates a dangerous situation for both road users and railway staff.  This carelessness could create a treacherous situation that has tragic consequences and is easily avoidable by following these safe and simple guidelines.”

The ‘Safety at Level Crossings’ campaign includes the publication of the new information booklet which will be available for download from the websites of the Road Safety Authority,Iarnród Éireann and the Railway Safety Commission. In addition a new 30 second radio ad will air on national and local radio from Monday 8th April. The ad urges motorists to take extra care at level crossings, in particular those that are unattended.

 

Background Statistics on Incidents at Level Crossings.

1.      Road User Fatalities at Level Crossings 2004 to 2010

 

Year Fatalities

 

2004

 

1
2007

 

1
 

2008

1
 

2010

2

 

2.      Reported Collisions involving Train & Road User/ Road User and Gate / Train and Gate over the period 2002 to 2011,

  • There have been 21 Train / User Collisions at a Level Crossing

 

  • There have been 86 reported incidents of a barrier / obstruction on a level crossing (vehicle)

 

  • There have been 241 cases where a vehicle has been in collision with a level crossing.

 

  • There have been 20 incidents of a train striking a gate (as a result of them being left open by road users)

 

3.      Between 2009 and the end of June 2012 there have been a number of ‘Near Miss’ incidents.

  • There were 96 Category 1 ‘Near misses’. These are incidents where the train driver made an Emergency brake application in response to a perceived hazard.

 

  • There were 38 Category 2 ‘Near misses’. These are incidents where the train driver made some other response (sounding of horn, shutting off power and/or a service brake application).

 

  • There were 46 Category 3 ‘Near misses’. These are incidents where the train driver made no specific response to a perceived hazard but believed it to be reportable.

 

4.      Between 2006 and 2011 there have been 3,234 cases of the Level Crossing Gate being reported open.

 

5.      Three problem routes for reported incidents are the Dublin to Wexford and Western / North Western routes.

Varadkar launches new Road Safety Strategy

Varadkar launches new Road Safety Strategy

 

·        124 road deaths and 330 serious injuries or lower by 2020 to ‘close the gap’ between Ireland and other best practice countries

·        Longer 2013-2020 strategy will focus on serious injuries

·        Conference opened by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission

 

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has launched the Government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy today at the Road Transport Safety Conference on Serious Injuries.

The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ – will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.

The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

Speaking at the conference, which is being organised by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) as part of the European Presidency, Minister Varadkar said: ‘This is a significant day for road safety as we launch the new Government Road Safety Strategy. Ireland has made huge advances, and was the fifth safest country in the EU in 2011. Ireland outperformed the EU average in reducing road fatalities by 12% in 2012. The RSA is responsible for the overall implementation of the Strategy and will report to me annually on implementation. Together we now want to make Ireland one of the safest countries in the EU in terms of road deaths, if not the world’.

“However, I am very concerned about the number of road fatalities since the beginning of this year. It is a stark reminder to us all that we cannot become complacent where road safety is concerned. The fatalities have increased on the same period in 2012 and, while it is too early in the year to try to identify patterns, it does serve to demonstrate that we must continue to be vigilant when using the roads. We must step up our good behaviour as drivers, continue enforcement and keeping educating drivers and reminding the public of their responsibilities as road users and the human cost of road traffic collisions. I want to take this opportunity again to appeal to all road users to redouble their efforts in road safety. Any progress made over the last decade can be erased very quickly,” Minister Varadkar said.

The new Strategy will be based on a Safe Systems approach to road safety – an OECD standard which aims to minimise road accidents in terms of fatalities or injury. The Strategy includes 144 specific actions to reduce road fatalities and the State body responsible for implementing each of the actions will be identified.

There will be a particular focus on areas of low compliance and vulnerable road users, along with a greater focus on education and public awareness. Enforcement will continue to target speeding, alcohol and drugs, helmets, belts, and mobiles.

 

Key measures include:

·        Rehabilitative/driving awareness courses for repeat offenders will be considered, along with the feasibility of alcolocks to immobilise vehicles;

·        Consideration will be given to extending the safety camera network to offences other than speeding;

·        Measures to combat car clocking will be considered;

·        Employers will be encouraged to implement a handbrake lock for phone use by professional drivers;

·        In-vehicle devices which sense tiredness will be encouraged;

·        Regular audits of road markings, safety blackspots and signage will be recommended;

·        Fixed charge notices for cyclists will be considered;

·        The RSA will have more frequent access to PULSE data in order to spot trends;

·        At least five new service areas on motorways will be built to combat tiredness;

·        Legislation will be tightened to prevent the reintroduction of written-off vehicles;

·        Breakdown kits for cars will be made compulsory;

·        Rectification notices will be applied to common minor faults.

Overall, the new Strategy sets out to reduce road deaths in Ireland to 25 per million population or fewer (124 road deaths per year) and to reduce serious injuries to 61 per million population or fewer (330 per year) by 2020.

At today’s conference, over 300 delegates heard from international, EU and national experts on the topic of serious injuries from a research, medical and enforcement perspective. Delegates also heard from road collision survivor Siobhán O’Brien who suffered serious, life-changing injuries following a collision in 2001.

Mr Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission performed the opening address at the conference and referenced the need to focus on serious injuries:

“2012 saw the lowest ever number of people killed in road traffic in the EU. This is a hugely encouraging result. However, it is now time to focus also on the serious road traffic injuries. Major progress was recently made when a common EU definition of serious road traffic injury was identified; I expect Member States to be able to report data for 2014 on the basis of this new definition. With comparable and reliable statistics, the EU can design more effective measures to reduce the number of serious injury collisions,” said Mr Kallas.

Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority (RSA) said:

“One of the most successful aspects of the last Government Road Safety Strategy was the marked change in public attitudes towards road safety, brought about by the coordinated efforts of road safety stakeholders. If we apply this new strategy with as much spirit and stamina as we have brought to bear over the past few years, the benefits for our island will be far-reaching.”

“It is not just the road-builders, the educators, the enforcers, and all of the other specialists who shoulder the responsibility for making our roads safer each day. It is every man, woman and child on every highway and byway, on four wheels, on two wheels, on 16 wheels, on foot. Yes, this Strategy is ambitious and it will require a significant, coordinated and consistent effort by Government, stakeholders and the public. But it is no less than we deserve,” said Mr Byrne.

 

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, An Garda Síochána said: “Over the period of the last Government Road Safety Strategy, the people of Ireland have shown what can be achieved when a concerted effort is made to improve their behaviour on the roads. Enforcement of road traffic laws will continue to play a critical role in the new Strategy as An Garda Síochána seeks to ensure that fewer lives are lost and serious injuries sustained as a result of preventable tragedies.”

Among the speakers at today’s conference was Mr Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council, who presented data on serious injuries in the EU as part of his presentation, ‘Getting Serious about Injuries’. Speaking at the conference, Mr Avenoso said:

“Road deaths represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of traffic collisions. For every road death in the EU, at least 50 road injuries are recorded, of which 10 are categorised as serious. Yet, EU comparisons are hampered because both the levels of injury reporting and national definitions of a serious injury vary greatly among countries.”

The ‘Safe Systems’ approach was developed in the Netherlands in the 1990s and has since been applied in best practice countries such as Sweden, Norway and Australia. The Safe Systems approach to road safety builds on existing road safety interventions by adopting a holistic approach to reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The approach focuses on road safety as a responsibility shared and managed by everyone, from national and local Government, private business and the road-users, working together at every level – national, regional, local and community – to develop effective and innovative road safety initiatives and interventions.

The Government’s Road Safety Strategy is available to view and download fromwww.rsa.ie

Anam Cara Bereavement Events – April/May 2013

Anam Cara Bereavement Events – April/May 2013

Anam Cara are holding upcoming events in April and May 2013 for bereaved parents throughout Ireland.

There are four bereavement talks taking place at the below locations and dates with professional guest speakers.

  • Anam Cara Tipperary at The Horse & Jockey Hotel, Tipperary – Monday, 29th April 2013 – Topic ‘Coping with the loss of a Child’ Guest Speaker – Brid Carroll
  • Anam Cara Galway at The Ballybane Enterprise Centre, Galway – Wednesday, 1st May 2013 – Topic ‘Coping with the loss of a Child’ Guest Speaker – Brid Carroll
  • Anam Cara Cork at The Silver Springs Hotel, Tivoli,  Cork – Wednesday, 1st May 2013 – Topic ‘Coping as a Bereaved Parent’ Guest Speaker – Dr. Helen Greally
  • Anam Cara Galway at Dominic’s Community Centre, Tallaght, Dublin – Monday, 13th May 2013 – Topic ‘Coping with the loss of a Child’ Guest Speaker – Brid Carroll

These events give will parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about parental grief and the challenges families have to face after the death of their son or daughter. They will also have an opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents in a safe and comfortable setting.

If you would like more information about these Bereavement talks, please email info@anamcara.ie or visit the Anam Cara website www.anamcara.ie.

Snow Showers: Bad Weather Alert

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are today Tuesday March 19th appealing to road users to take extra care on the roads following reports of snow showers overnight and tomorrow, Wednesday morning over Ulster, northern and eastern parts of Leinster and north Connacht.

Met Éireann have forecast a cold night tonight with temperatures falling as low as -3 degrees in places with frost and icy patches forming under cloud breaks. Further sleet and snow showers tonight and tomorrow morning with accumulations likely, especially on higher ground. Some patches of mist and fog will form also.

 

The RSA has issued the following advice to road users;

Drivers

  • If driving in snow, gently does it. Manoeuvre gently, slow down and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Too much steering is bad and avoid harsh braking and acceleration.
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
  • Falling snow, fog, rain, or hail will reduces visibility. Do not hang on to the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you as it can give a false sense of security. When you slow down, use your brakes so that the brake lights warn drivers behind you.
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.
  • Watch out for “black ice.” If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, “black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards: Black Ice is difficult to see. It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. Watch out for black ice, especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.
  • When driving in snow and fog do so with extreme caution, at low speed and with your fog lights turned on. Don’t forget to turn them off when snow / fog has cleared.

 

Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to;

  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as sudden gusts can blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • While walking on footpaths and in public places, or entering and exiting your car or truck, DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice.
  • Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. It is very possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with ice, always use extreme caution.
  • If walking or cycling in fog, make sure you are clearly visible by carrying a torch and wearing reflective clothing. Stay well in off the road where there is no footpath when vehicles are approaching.

Bad Start to Road Safety 2013

It has not been a good start to 2013 for road safety. 30 lives tragically cut short, 19 drivers, 2 passengers, 6 pedestrians, 2 motorcyclists and 1 cyclist. All avoidable deaths and a reason for each life needlessly lost. I’m asking every road user to set their own personal target to return to the life-saving behaviour they have shown over the last number of years. I’ve said before that the greatest risk we now face daily, when using the roads, is complacency. Using the roads is still the most dangerous thing we do every day irrespective of age. We need to remember this, whether driving, cycling or walking.

 

As of 18th February 2013, 30 people have been killed on Irish roads, 12 more than this date last year.

 

Of the 30 killed, 19 alone have been drivers (63%) and 6 have been pedestrians (20%)

 

There have been 8 fatalities in the past 7 days.

Fatalities to date 18/2/13

Pedestrians 6

Drivers 19

Passengers 2

Motorcyclists 2

Pedal Cyclist 1

Operation “Light Up” 20th-21st February 2013

Press release Operation “Light Up” 20th-21st February 2013

A safety initiative entitled “Light Up” will take place nationally on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February 2013. Its aim is to address the significant issue of defective, broken, missing or inappropriate use of vehicle lighting. Garda members will specifically target and intercept drivers who have defective lighting, or are using them inappropriately, on their vehicles.

Members of the public have frequently been advised and reminded of the necessity to ensure all legally required lights and lamps are in working order. Whilst financial constraints are appreciated, it is very apparent that some are not heeding the message, and vehicles with only one headlight or tail light are regularly seen on our roads.

This situation left unchecked creates significant danger to all road users. Drivers of vehicles with defective lighting will have compromised visibility. In addition, drivers of other vehicles could easily mistake a vehicle with one headlight with, for example, a motorcycle. On a dark narrow road this could lead to a very serious road traffic collision, with additional dangers for pedestrians. This situation must be addressed immediately and all vehicles must be able to see and be seen.

Similarly, Garda members will be targeting the inappropriate use of fog lights. These high intensity fog lights and fog lamps dazzle and distract other drivers and could easily cause a collision. They must only be used in fog or falling snow. Some motorists however, use them to compensate when a dipped headlight beam is broken.

Members of the public are being advised of this initiative in advance. This will give drivers and riders an opportunity and an incentive to rectify any defects that may be present on their vehicles and thus avoid prosecution, whilst at the same time make their vehicles safer.

Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips said today:-

“We are advising the public of what will be happening in advance.. We would prefer to have the defect remedied rather than prosecute. Too many people are lax when one light or bulb blows but the simple reality is that your range of vision is severely compromised, plus others may find it difficult to see you. In simple terms, a one headlight car could be mistaken for a motorcycle or make it impossible for you too see that pedestrian out walking because you have reduced your range of vision by 50%.”

Assistant Commissioner Phillips continued:-

“We continually receive complaints about people using fog lights on the front of their vehicles and fog lamps on the rear when there is no fog or falling snow. They are non directional and are much brighter than other lights and lamps on your vehicle thereby dazzling and distracting other drivers. It’s a simple choice. Please take note of the date of this operation, remedy your defect, turn off your fog lights and lamps or you risk prosecution.”

 

Mr. Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the RSA had this advice for motorists:

“We have seen a marked deterioration in the number of vehicles which fail their NCT or Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) test because of defective lights. In 2012 over 550,000 cars were found to have defective lights at NCT. That’s over 1 in 5 of the national vehicle fleet. It is extremely important to have correctly working lights on your vehicle and I would urge every road-user to make sure all of your lights are in proper working order before you start your journey. Think about it – how can you be safe if you can’t be seen? Before you start your journey, take a couple of minutes to turn on your lights and check them – this simple check could be the difference in you coming home safely tonight. When driving with a defective headlight the driver will have an unlit portion of the road ahead and may not see a pedestrian or cyclist”

“I would also like to remind motorists to only use their front and rear fog lights in dense fog and to switch off in clear weather. Similarly, front and rear fog lamps should only be used in dense fog or falling snow. Never use front or rear fog lights in normal driving conditions as they tend to dazzle other road users.”

In relation to the recent upsurge in road deaths Assistant Commissioner Phillips appealed to all road users to take extra care on the roads:-

“We need to immediately reverse the recent significant increase in road deaths. We are appealing to road users to get the basics right and take responsibility. In particular, slow down and appreciate how long it will take to stop in an emergency situation – it’s more than you might think. Please also wear your seatbelt at all times, and ensure all your passengers always do the same. From 2012 we know of 16 deaths where a seatbelt was not worn by a driver or passenger. This should not happen in this day and age. We are also appealing to pedestrians to ensure that you wear high visibility clothing when out walking, especially at night, as again we are aware of dark clothing being a contributory factor in some collisions involving pedestrians. Please give yourself every chance of being seen.”

Top 10 Tips for Winter Driving

Taking a number of simple precautions can ensure safety on Irish roads during winter. Don’t get caught out if severe weather hits, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now.

There are a number of simple precautions the RSA advises for driving over the winter months:

1. Check your tyres…they are your only contact with the road. Tyres should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn. Tyres need to be to the correct tyre pressure to give the motorist the best chance in extreme conditions.

2. Use your lights. As we come into the winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so you are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be in working order.

3. Understand your brakes. Check your car manual and find out if your vehicle has safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti Lock Braking System (ABS). Learn how these technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions.

4. Safe Distance. It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front.

5. Make sure you can clearly see. All too often motorists do not de-fog or de-ice windows and mirrors which can compromise visibility. This winter ensure windows and mirrors are clear, and carry a de-icer and screen scraper. Do not use boiling water as this can crack the windscreen.

6. Beware of “Black Ice”. Black Ice is one of winter’s biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.

7. Be prepared. During these winter months it is advised that motorists carry a number of essentials in the boot of their car. a. High visibility vest b. Spare fuel c. Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots d. A hazard warning triangle e. Spare wheel f. Tow Rope g. A shovel h. De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks) i. Spare bulbs j. First aid kit k. A fire extinguisher l. A working torch m. A car blanket, additional clothing & some food and water

8. In the event of a breakdown. Drivers need to ensure their vehicle is well in off the road so as not to obstruct other vehicles. The driver should also put on their hazard warning lights. If the vehicle breaks down on the motorway pull in as far as you can, alerting traffic behind you with hazard lights. The driver should leave their vehicle, get behind the barrier (on the embankment) and call the Gardaí, on their mobile phone or roadside telephone.

9. Keep up to date. Listen to local weather and traffic reports. Pay heed to the weather warnings alerting drivers of unsafe and dangerous driving conditions.

10. Check out the RSA’s publication ‘Severe Weather Advice for Road Users’ for more detailed advice on what to do if severe weather strikes

Extreme Weather Road Safety Alert In Operation

alertExtreme Weather Road Safety Alert In Operation

Winter-Ready Campaign

The purpose of the campaign is to advise people how to prepare for winter. A Booklet ‘Be Winter-Ready’ can be downloaded from the website www.winterready.ie or can be obtained from the Office of Emergency Planning – LoCall 1890-252736 –  email oep@defence.irlgov.ie .

 

If Severe Weather Strikes!

Before setting off on a journey check to see if there are any problems on your intended route.

Here are some useful links:

Is Your Journey Absolutely Necessary?

In extreme weather conditions you should ask yourself if making a journey by road is absolutely necessary? If it is not you might consider delaying your trip until the weather and road conditions improve. If using the roads in such conditions is unavoidable be prepared. The golden rule is to drive, cycle or walk with care and caution and expect the unexpected.

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

As the saying goes ‘Prevention is better than cure’, so take some time to prepare both your vehicle and yourself for the challenges of winter driving. Don’t get caught out when severe weather strikes.

Your first step should be to get your vehicle serviced to ensure it is fit and safe for winter driving. Secondly you should carry out regular checks on the vehicle.

You should:

  • check for wear and tear on wiper blades and replace them as soon as they start to smear rather than clean windows
  • keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level and check you have at least 3 millimetres of tread depth
  • make sure all vehicle lights are working and clean and
  • top up with anti-freeze and screen wash

Be Seen to Be Safe!

When out cycling or walking, especially in rural areas, high visibility reflective clothing and lights are the only way to stay safe when out on the roads.

A vehicle has a greater chance of seeing you during dark winter days and nights if you wear something reflective and carry a torch. In turn cyclists should make sure their bikes are fitted with front and rear lights.

As children make the journey to school often in the dark, parents really need to make sure their child can be seen. If walking or cycling to school, especially in rural areas they need to wear reflective clothing. If your child gets the bus to school, please make sure they wear reflective clothing so they can be seen at the bus stop. Don’t leave them standing on the side of the road in the dark to wait for a bus!

Please visit our Safety Tips section with advice for driving, cycling and walking in adverse conditions.

Correct Website to book a test

Dear ADI

We are writing to advise you and your customers that we have a concern about a number of websites that offers a booking service for the Driver Theory and Practical tests on the island of Ireland.

This website has a high “Ad word” ranking on Internet search engines (Google etc.) and can be found at the top in the advertised sites relating to RSA searches.

These sites charges a commission of €25 per test. The driving test fee that your candidates should be paying is set by the Minister for Transport at  €85.

Please advise your customers to only book their driving test through the official RSA website links available at www.rsa.ie .

The Official site is shown below.

 

 

We have initiated measures to limit the ability of these sites but ask that you advise your customers not to use these service providers. The RSA official site is quicker and easier to use and allows test date and time selection in certain test centres.

 

COUNTY BY COUNTY ROAD SAFETY REVIEW PUBLISHED‏

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 COUNTY BY COUNTY ROAD SAFETY REVIEW PUBLISHED
Leitrim, Laois, Kildare, Monaghan and Clare are Top 5 Achievers
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) today, Tuesday 29th January, 2013, published a report on the road safety performance of each county in Ireland during the lifetime of the last Government Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012*. The report revealed that Leitrim, Laois, Kildare, Monaghan and Clare showed the biggest reductions in road fatalities during this period. In contrast county Offaly showed no change and county Cavan recorded an increase in road fatalities over the period. The report was issued today as the Road Safety Authority prepares to finalise the next Road Safety Strategy which will span an eight year period from 2013 to 2020. 162 people died on Irish roads in 2012, 24 fewer fatalities than the previous year when 186 people died and 51 fewer than 2010 when 212 people died on our roads. Between 2007 and 2012, the national average reduction in road deaths was 57% when compared to the number of fatalities between 2004 and 2006.
Two counties, Leitrim and Laois, achieved a 100% reduction in road deaths, falling from 5 fatalities in Laois in 2007 to 0 in 2012 and from 7 fatalities in Leitrim in 2007 to 0 in 2012. The Top 10 best performing counties were Laois, Leitrim, Kildare, Monaghan, Clare, Tipperary, Carlow, Wicklow, Dublin and Donegal who all achieved reductions of more than 70%. There were no reductions in fatalities in Offaly during this period, compared to the period of the previous strategy, and in Cavan, road deaths increased by 20%. Commenting on the report’s findings, Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said, “The reduction in road deaths in nearly every county in Ireland shows just what can be achieved when communities come together and say, enough is enough, we don’t want any more people dying on our roads. All it takes to make a difference is for one person to say, I’m going to change my behaviour on the roads so that I can keep myself and others safe when we’re out on the roads.” “So on behalf of the RSA I would like to thank each and every one of you for the contribution you have made to keeping roads in your county safe. It is the efforts made by each and every one of you that has helped to make Ireland one of the best performing countries in the EU in terms of its own road safety record. I would also like to pay tribute to An Garda Síochána, emergency services personnel and Local Authorities for their work in reducing the death toll on our roads. If we all redouble our efforts in 2013, there is no reason why we can’t make Ireland’s roads the safest in the world.” Road deaths in Ireland have fallen every year since 2006. Ireland’s Third Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 aimed to reduce road deaths to 252 per annum by the end of 2012 and the target was achieved and surpassed three years ahead of schedule in 2009. While the total number of serious injuries sustained in crashes in 2012 is not yet available, there was a 51% reduction in these injuries up to the end of 2011.
The Third Road Safety Strategy will be replaced in the coming months by a longer term strategy, running from 2013 until 2020, which will focus, among other things, on reducing serious injuries on Irish roads.