Road Safety

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: How can I get a walking bus set up for my school?

Answer: Email on roadsafety@iow.gov.uk or call 823799 for further details - Related Link

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Question: How can I get my child trained to cross the road?

Answer: The responsibility for training your child to cross the road is yours. However, further training is currently available in selected primary schools. Call the Road Safety team on 823799 for details or email roadsafety@iow.gov.uk - Related Link

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Question: When can I put my child into the second-stage car seat?

Answer: When your child weighs nine kilos (24 pounds or 1.5 stone) and can sit upright for about half an hour without help. However, we advise that you do not rush this stage. For further details contact the Road Safety team on 823799 or email roadsafety@iow.gov.uk - Related Link

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Question: When should I switch my rear fog lights off?

Answer: The Highway Code states that you must not use your rear fog lights unless “visisiblity is seriously reduced” (generally to a distance of less than 100 metres). You must not use them simply because it’s dark, raining or misty. Have consideration for those cars behind you

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Question: I saw an incident at a road crossing patrol who do I tell?

Answer: Please report them to Matt Archer in the Road Safety team on 823799 or email to roadsafety@iow.gov.uk. He will need your name, address, phone number. You will be asked for the details of the incident including time, a brief description of people and vehicles involved, the weather and traffic conditions. - Related Link

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Question: How can my school/ organisation book a cycle training course?

Answer: Please contact Tracey Webb on 823194 or email roadsafety@iow.gov.uk. We have a number of instructors who are able to deliver Bikeability within your school.

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Question: How old is a pre-driver?

Answer: 16 to 17 years old. Any queries, please contact the road safety team.

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Question: How do I book a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course?

Answer: Please contact the road safety team. - Related Link

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Question: I have not driven for a while, who do I speak to about assessing my driving?

Answer: Contact your local Driving Instructors Association (DIA) and Driving Standards Association (DSA) approved driving instructor.

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Question: Driving tests - who do I speak to about taking / renewing a standard driving test?

Answer: Visit the Driving Standards Agency on 0300 200 1122 for further details. - Related Link

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Question: How do I book onto the pre-driver training course?

Answer: Please contact the road safety team.

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Question: Can my child travel in the front seat of my car?

Answer: Yes, but only if there is not an active passenger airbag fitted. Babies and children up to three years old have to wear their own child seat belt. Children three years old and over can travel wearing the adult seat belt. For further details please contact the road safety team.

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Question: How to I book onto a Better Motorcycling Course?

Answer: Please contact the road safety team.

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Question: Can you tell me what child seat fits my car?

Answer: No, we can only advise you to try a few seats before you buy one. Follow the instructions carefully. Once fitted the road safety team offers a free seat checking service. - Related Link

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Question: Does the Better Driving course involve driving?

Answer: Yes it does and you will need to bring your licence along. There is a course booking form available online. Any queries, please contact the road safety team. - Related Link

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Question: How can I book my child on a cycle training course?

Answer: Please contact the Road Safety team. They will need the name, age and school of your child, a contact address and phone number - Related Link

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Question: How do I become a volunteer for child pedestrian (Kerbcraft) training?

Answer: Please contact the road safety team. - Related Link

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Question: At what age is it safe for my child to cycle on the road?

Answer: As a parent or guardian, you will have to judge when your child is safe to ride on the road. The road safety team runs cycle training courses at many island schools with on-road training for year 6 onward. - Related Link

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Question: How do I book onto a Better Driving course?

Answer: Please complete the online form or contact the Road Safety team. - Related Link

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Question: How much does pre-driver training cost?

Answer: Please contact the road safety team. - Related Link

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Question: I am not sure my child seat is fitted correctly – how do I get it checked?

Answer: Speak to the company who you bought your seat from as they may have a qualified seat fitter or contact the road safety team for further information. - Related Link

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Question: What is WOW?

Answer: Walk on Wednesdays is a walk to school initiative to encourage parents and children to leave the car at home and to use sustainable forms of transport for their school journey. For further details please call our Road Safety team. - Related Link

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