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Road User Voice – January 2016 – Have your say

24 December 2015

Help shape the decisions the Government, Parliament and Highways England are making by having your say.

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on proposals to improve the driving test.

The Motoring Services Strategy Consultation makes a series of proposals affecting both individual and commercial drivers. It suggests partnering with private companies and agencies taking much more of a digital approach to delivering services. This should lead to a more efficient testing service. It proposes to introduce an incentive to young drivers for passing first time, and therefore encouraging young drivers to wait to take their test.

The deadline for responses is 8 January 2016.

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Highways England has launched a consultation on managing freight through Kent. This includes options for major off-road HGV parking to provide a more sustainable response to cross-Channel disruption than the current Operation Stack. Two sites near junction 11 would provide 3,600 spaces, the same as is now ready in reserve at Manston, but better located for both Dover and Eurotunnel services. It wants to hear what you think about not just the location, but on the services that might be offered there – perhaps overnight parking, or even a year-round truckstop in addition to use during disruption.

The deadline for responses is 25 January 2016.

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The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has launched an ‘All-lane running’ inquiry:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/news-parliament-2015/all-lane-running-tor-15-16/

The committee would like to evaluate the evidence generated to date, and gather information on the experiences of road users, on ‘all-lane running’ motorway schemes.

The deadline for responses is 31 January 2016.

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See the outcome of DfT’s Traffic Signs and General Directions 2016 consultation which ran this autumn:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/traffic-signs-regulations-and-general-directions-2016

Responses showed overall support for the proposals set out by DfT to reduce sign clutter and make signs safer. Examples of this include adding ‘remove by’ dates on the back of ‘New Roundabout Ahead’ signs and their variants, ensuring signs are reflective, and use both imperial and metric measurements.

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