RAC calls for big changes to smart motorways

The RAC is suggesting that smart motorways should only be all-lane running during busy periods, or for hard shoulders to be reinstated across the motorway network. Reacting to news that 52 more refuge areas are being installed across the southeast, the motoring club’s head of policy Simon Williams said that, ten years on from the […]

RAC welcomes Government decision to commission independent headlight glare study

The RAC has today welcomed a commitment from the Government to commission an independent study into the issue of headlight glare, after research showed an overwhelming majority of drivers affected – as many as eight-in-10 – believe the problem is getting worse. Responding to a petition set up by a member of the public following campaigning on the […]

Almost every yellow box junction in London and Cardiff too big, says RAC

All but two of 100 yellow box junctions analysed in London and Cardiff is bigger than it needs to be to prevent traffic congestion, a new study commissioned for the RAC has found. The RAC commissioned Sam Wright, the chartered engineer who runs the Yellow Box Guru website and was formerly responsible for the design and approval of […]

Council road maintenance in England drops to lowest point in five years

Council road maintenance in England dropped by 45% in 2022/23 compared to five years ago resulting in 3,366 fewer miles receiving any kind of improvement work, according to RAC analysis of new government statistics. It says that, checking RDC0321, 764 miles of A roads were strengthened, resurfaced or preserved in 2022/23, a 37% decrease (458 […]

RAC pothole-related breakdowns for 2023 jump by a third compared to 2022

The rise in potholes took even more of a toll on drivers in 2023 as RAC patrols attended nearly 30,000 pothole-related breakdowns over the course of the year, up by a third (33%) on 2022. Roadside patrols at the motoring services company went out to 29,377 breakdowns in 2023 – the equivalent of 80 breakdowns […]

Stan The App pothole reporting solution partners with the RAC

The RAC has partnered with a new mobile app for people to report potholes. It says Stan is set to transform the way communities interact with their local infrastructure by providing a user-friendly AI-powered platform to report and address potholes quickly and hold local authorities to account for making good on their roadways. It explains […]

RAC calls headlight glare action as drivers say problem getting worse

The RAC is calling on the Government to commission an independent study into the issue of headlight glare after new research suggested 85% of those affected believe the problem is getting worse. An RAC survey of 2,000 drivers found a huge nine-in-ten (89%) think at least some headlights on cars on the road today are […]

Motorway services high-power EV charger target missed

New analysis from the RAC suggests the Government has not hit its target of having six or more rapid or ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers at every motorway service area in England by the end of 2023. It says 46 (39%) of 119 motorway services reviewed by the RAC on Zapmap now have the target number […]

RAC declares last year as the “year of the rat”

New data from the RAC is suggesting that it’s not always a head gasket or a catastrophic engine failure that can cost hundreds of pounds in repairs, it can sometimes be small creatures. The breakdown organisation has revealed it’s seen record numbers of mice, rats and foxes ‘surprising’ customers in 2023 and causing serious damage […]

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