Highways Agency pulls plug on 121 miles of motorway lighting

The Highways Agency has switched off 121 miles of motorway illumination in the UK over the past three years in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions, it claims.

The Government has confirmed lights have been dimmed or extinguished completely over a 36-month period to date as opposed to implementing more energy efficient streetlights.

The switch off has meant more motorists are now reliant upon headlights and cat’s eyes for illumination, affecting safety standards.

Of course, your car’s lighting should be up to scratch – especially in the winter season – so for tips on how to keep your vehicle in perfect roadworthy condition over the coming cold months, read our winter driving guide here.

The Highways Agency claims safety on the nation’s roads hasn’t been compromised, however, and that it completed an in-depth safety evaluation for every location earmarked prior to turning off the lights.

According to the AA, “it smacks of penny pinching more than saving the planet. Given the amount of tax motorists are paying, they deserve a better deal.”

Nearly 60 miles of motorway lighting has been permanently snuffed out, including junction 4 to 6 on the M58, junction 10 to 13 on the M65, junction 13 to the Northamptonshire border on the M1 and junction 15 to 16 on the M6.

Could there be potential for new fangled glow in the dark roads to find their way into the UK, as T W White & Sons reported on recently? It’d certainly help safety given the darkening state of the UK’s motorway network.

 

THOUSANDS DISQUALIFIED BEFORE REACHING DRIVING AGE

Thousands of children have already been banned from driving before reaching the age at which they can legally obtain a licence, DVLA data reveals.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by Auto Express uncovered that one 12-year-old received a lifetime driving ban in the UK, five years before reaching driving age.

On top of this, five 11-year-olds have been banned since 2009, three of which were sentenced for ‘aggravated vehicle taking’ – amounting to stealing and dangerous driving, causing injury to people or damage to property.

Secretary of State for Justice, Jeremy Wright:

“Young people who are convicted of driving offences will be subject to penalty points and disqualification, even if they’re not yet old enough to hold a driving licence.”

5,333 individuals less than 17 – the age at which you can learn to drive in the UK – have been giving driving bans since 2009.

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