Episode 4: No Such Thing as an Accident
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Broadcast: BBC2, 9pm, Tuesday 30 September
“There’s no such thing as an accident.” This episode is based on the haunting words of a widow whose husband died on the M6. She calls for drivers to take responsibility when using busy motorways – imploring all vehicles to take steps to ensure accidents don’t happen. Elsewhere, episode four, No Such Thing as an Accident, looks at improvements at Catthorpe, Leicestershire; wildlife projects to protect great crested newts; vehicle inspections by our partners at DVSA; and incident management following several collisions.
Issues raised in episode 4: No Such Thing as an Accident
Officers from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (formerly VOSA), appear in episode four. They are checking lorry drivers’ tacographs to ensure compliance with drivers’ hours legislation. Find out more about the legislation and the use of tacographs on the GOV.UK website.
We are currently investing £191 million in road improvements at Catthorpe junction in Leicestershire. This is the major project featured heavily in episodes of The Motorway. Our website is full of information about major road investment schemes, including Catthorpe.
Environmental legislation requires construction firms to pay particular attention to protected species. One of those species is the great crested newt. It’s a legal requirement for firms to ensure these animals are not affected by construction work – legislation the Highways Agency must adhere to. More information is available on the Agency’s nature conservation page.