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Whether giving evidence to a House of Common's, Transport Committee hearing, meeting the Secretary of State for Transport, speaking at a national conference or briefing national media or an MP, campaigning and lobbying are at the heart of our work.
To shape policy and guide campaigning activity we gather information from many sources including from AA members via the AA/Populus panel and 'Streetwatch'.
You can find our recent research and reports in the news or motoring advice sections of this website. Below you will find links to older reports or research that may still be of interest or relevance today.
One too many at the barbecue
The Police started a new drink-driving campaign at the beginning of June, and police officers will be out in force during the campaign in a bid to crack down on those who think they can drink and drive and get away with it.
Driving in sunglasses
Blinding glare caused by a low sun, or by bright light reflecting off snow, puddles, the car in front, or even your own bonnet can be potentially lethal, particularly when driving at speed.
New campaign aims to make bikers 'more human' and more safe
Television advertisements showing motorcycles with huge illuminated "peacock's tails" giving their names and some information about the person under the helmet may seem a strange way to make drivers think about motorcycle safety, but it is all based on research into how drivers think of motorcycles and motorcyclists.
Learning the lessons of the recent severe winter weather
The severe and prolonged snow and ice of December 2009 and January 2010 taught us many lessons and serves as a reminder that many of us, individuals and organisations, should think more about how we can cope better in future with similar conditions.
We seem to be developing a new breed of road user with 'zombie' characteristics - isolated from all that happens around them, 'road zombies' and are finding their way into road casualty reports and becoming a new hazard on the road.
Driving when taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs
Driving while impaired by drugs is illegal and dangerous. While in recent years there has been much attention paid to those drivers affected by illegal drugs, the fact remains that people are killed or injured because of drivers who should not be driving because of medicines they have taken too.
Start- the Prince of Wales's sustainable living initiative
The AA is a supporter of 'Start', a national initiative by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living and to help people across the UK take clear, positive and practical steps towards a better future.
End of British Summer Time - dark times aheads
October November and December are among the worst months for road accidents. Fog, rain and ice play their parts but all the indications are that it is the darker evenings that really cause the problems.
Safe Streets - cutting pedestrian accidents on urban roads
The emphasis in road safety is slowly shifting towards cutting deaths on rural roads, but urban roads are still where most accidents involving injury happen. The age and design of an urban road can have a major bearing on its safety and the likelihood of accidents – particularly pedestrian accidents.
Used car labelling- Launch of used car fuel economy label
Colour-coded fuel economy labels have been a feature of new car show rooms since 2005. They will soon be seen on used cars too. The label provides consumers with clear 'at a glance' information on the running costs, fuel consumption and environmental performance of used cars available from participating dealers.
Paying for parking by phone - how does it work/what do you think?
In many places the number of on street parking machines or meters has been dramatically reduced and drivers are advised by sign to call a number, register and pay for their use of a space. In some places pay-by-phone is the only option (e.g. Westminster) but in many others, cash payment options exist or scratch cards are available from local shops. The signs give clear guidance about what to do.
Workplace parking levies - Nottingham scheme confirmed
Nottingham City Council has now confirmed its Department for Transport approved plans to introduce a levy of £253 p.a. per workplace parking space in 2012 - this will rise to around £350 p.a. by 2015. Penalties for 'exceeding' the number of declared parking spaces, enforced by random checks, will be heavy.
Learning to Drive – AA response to DSA consultation
The AA's reponse to the government's consultation on changes to the way people learn to drive and how they are tested. The key points in this response are how we ensure that new drivers have the right attitude to driving, and that they have learned to drive under all conditions, not just so they can pass the test.
Reflective jackets – road safety at home and abroad
While the AA would not call for drivers to be required to carry reflective jackets in the UK we do think it is a good idea to carry them – and use them if you have to stop at the roadside.
Off-siding by motorcyclists – a risk to everyone
Over the years drivers have become used to motorcyclists working through any gap in traffic – inside or outside a queue, or down the gap in the middle of a two-lane queue. But a new and much more dangerous habit has started to appear in London – passing the wrong side of these central refuges to get past traffic queues – "off-siding".
What we hate – how other peoples' driving irritates
Britons enjoy driving – that was clear from the latest round of results from the 18,500 strong AA Populus panel, the UK's largest dedicated motoring panel. The study showed that 82% of members still enjoy driving, but we all have our pet hates too.
Pedestrians join zebra crossings as endangered species on UK roads
Great Britain has the third worst rate of pedestrian fatalities on roads out of 10 European countries studied in the latest EuroTest report into pedestrian crossings, released by the AA today. Once population is taken into account, Great Britain kills about twice as many pedestrians as Sweden and the Netherlands.
Surviving motorway delays - 10 tips to help
Recent years have seen people trapped on motorways for long periods, either trapped by the weather or by incidents beyond their control. Drivers need to be ready for these delays, whether on a long or short journey.
Joint press statement - fuel duty increase must be scrapped
The AA along with ten other organisations together representing thousands of companies and millions of motorists have today issued a joint press statement in which they call, as an absolute minimum, for the Chancellor to immediately scrap the 2p per litre fuel duty increase planned for October, together with similar proposed increases planned for 2009 and 2010.
(03 July 2008)
Finance bill 2008 - AA briefing
The AA has published an important briefing on fuel duty and retrospective Vehicle Excise Duty ahead of the debate on the Finance Bill on wednesday 02 July 2008.
(01 July 2008)
Fuel Price Crisis - AA President writes to Chancellor
Fuel price instability is damaging to people and the economy and whilst this is largely influenced by the market the AA believes that the Government can do more to help people and business weather the financial damage and uncertainty high prices cause.
(27 May 2008)
Tax and investment - 1993 to 2008
A history of fuel duty/vehicle excise duty (car tax) and government investment in transport - recently updated to include changes announced in budget 2008.
50 years of motorways in the UK
Motorways have come a long way since Britain's first, the Preston by pass, was opened in 1958. We've picked our top ten most important dates in the history of British motorways and describe where future improvements are essential - capacity, roadworks, incident management, creaking junctions, driver information, service areas and safety.
Car Share Lanes Waste Capacity
In theory car share lanes make sense but in practice they are underused and abused. Hence they waste road capacity and are a nightmare to enforce.
(23 February 2008)
Getting the drink drive message across – the new government campaign
This year's summer drink driving televison campaign is now in full swing – with the barman leaning forward and asking "Yes sir?", bursting into a catalogue of the possible consequences of drink driving, before finishing with "So, what's it going to be?"
Young Drivers – About to face new restrictions?
An influential group of MPs is urging the government to raise the minimum age at which drivers can take their test, and therefore drive alone, to 18.
Penalty points for driving while using a hand held mobile phone
Since 27 February, drivers caught using a hand-held mobile phone have faced a £60 fine and three penalty points, in a change which the government has planned since the ban was first announced. Higher penalties are possible in courts.
Workplace parking levies
Nottingham City Council has now published its plans to introduce a levy of £185 p.a. per workplace parking space in 2010 – this will rise to £350 p.a. by 2014. Penalties for 'exceeding' the number of declared parking spaces, enforced by random checks, will be heavy.
AA view on road pricing
Speculation in the media recently has stemmed from the widely circulated emails about an anti-road pricing petition placed on the Number 10 website by a member of the public. The AA's current view on road pricing is that it's still too early to support or oppose, as there is not enough detail – like motorists, we remain to be convinced. We will certainly ensure that the concerns of Britain's drivers are fully aired, and that there will be no deal until we see the detail.
Road pricing – what we need to know
The questions that need to be answered before we can say whether road pricing is a good idea or a bad one.
Lowest number of filling stations since 1912
According to oil industry body Catalist, 150 forecourts have already closed this year and there are now less than 9,500 forecourts in the UK, including supermarket filling stations. We want to hear from you if you have already experienced problems getting fuel or have no choice of supplier.
Motorway Service Areas 2007 – UK sites improve, but at a price
UK motorway service areas, the worst in Europe three years ago, are showing signs of turning the corner on quality, an AA survey reveals. They offer some of the best motorway shopping facilities in Europe, but it is a lottery as to whether travellers will pay a fair price or be stung.
Tunnel tests 2007 – Mersey road tunnel outshines younger euro-rivals
Mersey Queensway Tunnel, by far the oldest of 51 road tunnels inspected across Europe this year, has kept pace with increasingly demanding safety standards in the latest Euro Tunnel Assessment Programme (EuroTAP) survey.
Road tax evasion – how it can affect you
Around 6 per cent of vehicles which are in 'regular use' are untaxed. This costs the Exchequer £220 million a year. Also, uuntaxed vehicles are more likely to be used for crime, and their drivers are likely to ignore parking and traffic law as it is unlikely that they can be traced from the number plate.
Know who's driving your car?
Failing to disclose who was driving when caught speeding (or committing other endorseable offences) now carries a tougher penalty – six penalty points instead of three. Most speeding offences are detected by speed cameras, which cannot always identify the driver. The changes are to combat drivers who try to use weaknesses in the law to avoid fines and points on their licence.
Drivers risk falling down the cracks of stagnant road maintenance spending
Potholes, missing road markings, signs hidden in bushes and drains that are blocked even before it rains are the indicators of a nation's inability to do any more than shore up the cracks of an ailing road maintenance programme.
Too close for comfort (brochure)
Accidents alongside Britain's high-speed dual carriageways.
Motorway roadworks tests 2006 – full report
53 roadworks sites across 10 countries, including nine sites in Britain.
Tunnel tests 2006 – results table
52 European road tunnels tested in 2006
Medway tunnel test 2006
Strengths and weaknesses of this UK tunnel included in the 2006 Europe-wide tests.
Hire car tests 2006 – full report
How hiring a car in Europe can often mean hiring a problem.
Hire car tests 2006 – results table
58 car rental agencies in 10 European holiday destinations.
Better parking – keeping traffic moving
Response to consultation from the Department for Transport.
Finding a space for parking policy
Submission to the House of Commons Transport Committee enquiry.
Tunnel tests 2005
49 tunnels tested in 2005, including the Mersey Kingsway Tunnels.
Loose in the car
The mistakes adults make carrying children.
Proposal to extend London Congestion Charge scheme
Response to the consultation.
Dartford tunnel test 2004
28 tunnels tested in 2004, including London's Dartford tunnel.
Motorway service areas 2004
A review of the quality and value of 62 service areas across Europe, including eight in the UK.
The facts about road accidents and children
Around 5,000 children under the age of 16 die or are seriously injured on Britain's roads each year. This report identifies how risks change as children grow older.
Introducing a more structured approach to learning to drive
Younger drivers are about twice as likely to be involved in an accident resulting in death or serious injury. One in five newly qualified drivers will have an accident in which someone is injured in their first year of driving.
AA's evidence on road traffic speed
Memorandum submitted by the AA to the Transport, Local Governments and the Regions Committee.
From victims to customers
The view of Britain's motorists on how we pay for roads.
Additional parking charges and other penalties
Response to consultation by the Association of London Governments.
What role for tunnels in town and country?
Helping the older driver
Older people need to stay mobile and society must support this mobility while ensuring that older drivers don't pose a safety threat to either themselves or other people. Report of an AA/MCAP (Medical Commission on Accident Prevention)
Paying to use roads
What motorists around the world say – results of a survey of world motoring.
AA response to the government's speed review
The wrong speed on the wrong road kills around 1,000 people a year. We need to manage speed better. The key lies in defining the right speed limit for each stretch of road. There must be a system that people understand and 'buy into' because they know it reduces death and injury.
Combating drink-driving, the next steps
The key to a further reduction in the level of death and injury due to drinking and driving lies in tackling persistent and high alcohol level drink-drivers.
(updated 6 September 2012)
The AA was a founder member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).