March 4 2015
Introduction of a new law which makes it easier to catch and convict people driving under the influence of illegal drugs has been welcomed as a big step forward for road safety.The legislation, which took effect in England and Wales on Monday, makes it an offence to drive with certain drugs in the body above specified levels, including eight illegal and eight prescription drugs.This means police will no longer need to prove that driving was impaired, but can simply obtain a blood sample to demonstrate whether any of the specified drugs are present above the limit. It remains an offence to drive when impaired by any drug.Institute of Advanced Motorists’ chief executive Sarah Sillars said: “The new law is a real step in the right direction for the eradication of driving under the influence of drugs.“Many drugs impair the senses to a massive degree: if you are not in full control of your vehicle, you become a severe danger to yourself, your passengers and other road users. Now, at last, there is a real deterrent,” she added.The law also allows police forces access to new screening equipment to test suspected drug drivers, including roadside devices to test for cannabis and cocaine.Drivers can be screened for other drugs including ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin at a police station while more advanced roadside equipment is expected to be developed in the future.Road safety training provider TTC Group’s managing director Des Morrison said: “We have been campaigning for years for action to be taken against those whose driving is impaired by drugs and this new law will make our roads safer.“Drug driving will become as anti social as drink driving is now,” he predicted.Further planned legislation aimed at preventing offenders from escaping prosecution through loopholes in the law goes before the House of Lords today.(Photo: Think!/Jon Enoch)
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May 14 2015
CIHT welcomes the potential opportunity for transport to be given a greater strategic focus through the Cities Devolution Bill as giving greater prominence to transport can unlock wider benefits. Transport offers economic, social and health benefits, particularly in congested urban situations. Cycling and walking need to feature prominently in discussions about transport decision making, investment and management in city regions.
May 20 2015
June 19 2012
CIHT & SoRSA to Award Highways Agency Certificate of Competency
January 21 2015
CIHT Awards 2015 entries open
Exclusive: Channel Tunnel fire prompts calls for better protection
February 23 2015
Department for Transport Questions
January 28 2015
Successful start for A9 average speed camera scheme
Local road professionals call for reinstated safety targets
February 11 2015
Concerns as road casualties rise and traffic police decrease
Green light for driverless car trials
February 13 2015
New Issue of Transportation Professional Available
February 18 2015
Infrastructure Act's Royal Assent welcomed
Chancellor urged to increase certainty for local transport
Questions over what caused fatal M1 crash
February 26 2015
Local transport – its planning, funding and governance – has seen big changes in the last few years. Will this help local transport contribute more to economic growth and quality of life?
£3 million mapping project to transform road improvements and maintenance
February 25 2015
Designs showcased for new London river crossing
Friday start for M25 Thurrock upgrade
Further maintenance required at reopened Bath Bridge
Call for more public involvement with infrastructure planning
February 24 2015
Professor Glen Lyons, CIHT Council Member, from the University of West of England secured a secondment to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport. In this podcast Glen outlines the scope of the project: “the real challenge was to combine how transport might develop with how society itself might develop…we are fundamentally embracing uncertainty”.
March 2 2015
London Cycle Design Standards
March 4 2015
Funding for city cycle projects announced by Government
Streamlined local highway arrangement suggested
March 6 2015
Motoring of the Future
March 10 2015
Call for a National Transport Strategy at CIHT Annual Conference
March 11 2015
National Conference calls for greater devolution
Safety first for Traffex exhibition
Train services to resume after Harbury Tunnel landslip
Rail lines drawn to aid London growth
Transport group appoints new head
March 18 2015
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched its election briefing this week.
2015 budgets highlights how transport is an engine for growth
A5-M1 link road to benefit long distance traffic
Parties refuse to back forthcoming aviation report
Committee calls for action over new Thames crossing
March 20 2015
Northern Transport Strategy
March 25 2015
Colas to show off new products at Traffex
More clarity demanded of Northern transport strategy
House of Lords savages High Speed 2
French technical thinking arrives in Hertfordshire
Joint venture secures Newport M4 upgrade
March 24 2015
£275m Challenge Fund for local infrastructure - winning authorities announced
March 26 2015
ALARM survey highlights concerns over the state of the local road network
April 2 2015
April 1 2015
Highways England, the government-owned company which will deliver the largest investment in England’s major roads in a generation, officially launched today.
April 8 2015
April 10 2015
April issue of Transportation Professional Available.
April 13 2015
The Labour party has launched their 2015 election manifesto today, including a 5-point plan aimed at improving transport in the UK.
April 14 2015
The 2015 AGM will be held at 1730 hours on Monday 15th June 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Holliday Street, Birmingham.
The Conservative party and the Green party have both unveiled their respective 2015 election manifestos today.
April 15 2015
April 22 2015
April 21 2015
The revised requirements and advice document (DMRB Volume 5, Section 2, Part 2) for Road Safety Audit (RSA) on the motorway and trunk road network in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales was published on 31st March 2015.
April 17 2015
CIHT have analysed and reviewed the recent transport commitments in a number of political party manifestos released this week.
May 6 2015
April 29 2015
May 11 2015
Transport Minister Announcement
May 13 2015
May 27 2015
Queens Speech 2015
June 10 2015
June 3 2015
June 4 2015
CIHT has released the latest in a range of guidelines as an update to the 'Transport in the Urban Environment' publication.
The new guidance ‘Involving the Public and Other Stakeholders’ encourages and enables transportation practitioners to engage more effectively with those who stand to be most directly affected by the work they undertake
June 11 2015
Ministers from the Department for Transport answered oral questions in the Commons on 11 June.
Andrew Jones, new Minister for Local Roads has announced the ‘pilot exercise’ for the local highways maintenance funding incentive element.
June 12 2015
Highways England have brought together a panel of experts to encourage excellence in road design.
June 19 2015
The June 2015 issue of Transportation Professional is now available for members of CIHT to view.
June 17 2015
June 18 2015
Highways England’s New Chief Executive
June 24 2015
June 25 2015
Network Rail upgrades to be delayed by government
July 1 2015
CIHT welcome the Davies Commission final report
This paper is addressing threats directed to the infrastructure. A correct understanding and a suitable handling of the security of road infrastructure is not only important to safeguard the infrastructure itself, but is also relevant to cover the protection of the social and economic values, the protection of the environment, and even the security of other transportation modes.
Annual SoRSA Conference 2015
July 3 2015
July 8 2015
July 9 2015
An English Summer Budget: a CIHT Review
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced a major change to the funding of England’s Strategic Roads Network (SRN) in the Budget.
July 10 2015
Government Outlines Productivity Challenge
July 15 2015
July 17 2015
July/August issue of Transportation Professional Available.
Ministers from the Department for Transport answered oral questions in the Commons on 16 July.
Fixing the foundations: commentary
July 22 2015
July 23 2015
HMEP’s updated Standard Form of Contract and Procurement Suite can help the highways sector to procure services to maintain local roads, more efficiently.
July 29 2015
July 31 2015
CIHT has an opportunity to put forward the thoughts and representations of its membership suggesting ideas for policies or reforms for inclusion in the Spending Review.
July 30 2015
Do you have an interest in the history of our motorways? If yes, then this is for you. CIHT is calling for keen and enthusiastic members to join our newest network – the Motorway Archive Special Interest Group.
August 3 2015
From the 1 August the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) will merge to become Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
A report looking at the effects of reduced street lighting on road casualties and crime rates has now been published.
August 5 2015
August 6 2015
Transport can have a positive impact on the local economy, although the role of transport in stimulating growth is not as clear-cut as assumed by many decision makers is not as clear-cut assumed by many decision makers. This is the conclusion from a report produced by the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth.
NE&C 2015 Awards - promotion and entry guidelines
August 12 2015
The National Audit Office (NAO) have recently published ‘A short guide to the Department for Transport’.