News Archives - Driving

Pop-up protest against road danger

If the moral test of government is how it treats the most vulnerable, then road danger is a miserable indictment of the British administration. Take for example the road featured in the video below. It is crossed by hundreds of children every day and yet no no provision is made for their safety. It is classed by local authority Wandsworth…

Car makers need a reboot

Why do some technologies endure beyond their sell-by-date while others yield to progress? The internal combustion engine has done an admirable job at resisting obsolescence – even in the face of climate breakdown, an air pollution crisis and widespread cheating of emissions testing. Part of the reason is that car makers seem reluctant to start with a blank sheet of…

Our right to breathe clean air

After six years of campaigning a judge has agreed to a new inquest into the death of a healthy girl in London who died after developing a serious form of asthma. Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived with her family on died aged nine in 2013 after suffering for two years from chronic asthma. An inquest into her death found she died…

Cut price zebra crossings

Zebra crossings are expensive. With installation costs ranging from £30,000 to over six figures, local authorities struggle to find the funds necessary to install safe crossings in the areas that need them most. Part of the reason zebra crossings are so expensive is that British law states they can only be installed on road where Belisha Beacons and zig zag…

Schools under siege: Why do we need child-shaped traffic bollards?

Our schoolchildren are under siege. Not only are more than 950 schools near roads with harmful levels of illegal pollution, but over 6,000 children were injured on British roads in 2016 – a threat that prompts some schools to resort to barricades against cars. However, a decade after child-shaped safety bollards first appeared outside a school in Leicestershire, they have not…