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04 April 2017

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service support Highways England Vehicle Checks campaign

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the new Highways England Vehicle Checks campaign, launched 31 March.

The timing of this campaign has been planned to reduce avoidable road-related incidents on the highways network during the Easter holiday period.  The campaign is being supported by all North West Fire & Rescue Services Road Safety group members.

Mark Ducie, Community Safety Manager at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“We’re pleased to be supporting this Highways England campaign to encourage people to understand their vehicles more and to perform very simple checks that could save lives, not to mention money, time and the inconvenience of breaking down because of an avoidable fault.

“During the Easter holidays, the highways network will be even busier than usual, so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready and prepared for longer journeys.”

The new vehicle checks advert campaign has been developed in partnership with Think! - the Department for Transport’s road safety initiative - and has been designed to encourage people to perform simple vehicle checks before setting off on long journeys, particularly during the Easter holidays.

The campaign follows new evidence that a high number of incidents on the highways network are a direct result of motorists failing to perform simple vehicle checks.  In 2015 -

  • 7,419 incidents were caused by motorists running out of fuel on the road network.
  • 437 casualties involved a vehicle defect, approx. 50% due to having defective, under-inflated or illegal tyres.
  • 40% of breakdowns are caused by a simple, often easily prevented mechanical problem.

Let’s keep the road network moving, and moving safely.

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the new Highways England Vehicle Checks campaign, launched 31 March.