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.