Prime Minister opens the door for GDL in the UK

The Prime Minister has stated that she will ask the Department for Transport to look into the issue of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) in the UK, in response to a question from Jenny Chapman MP at Prime Minister's Questions.

Brake will work with parliamentarians, sister organisations and the Government to ensure a positive outcome, calling for the UK to follow international best-practice and implement a comprehensive GDL system. This system must include a minimum-length supervised learning period and limiting exposure to some of the highest risk situations, such as night-time driving, for newly qualified drivers.

Learn more: Visit our website to find out more about GDL in the UK.

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Drink-drive crashes on the rise

The Department for Transport has published provisional estimates on personal injury drink drive crashes in Great Britain for 2016. These figures show that the number of drink-drive related deaths, injuries and total crashes all increased in 2016, from levels which were already unacceptable.
Brake is calling for an effective zero tolerance drink-drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, this is the only way to show that, if you are going to drive, not a drop of alcohol is safe.

Take action: Find out more about our
 'Driving for Zero' campaign! 

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Brake Kids Walk

On Wednesday 13 June, thousands of children aged 4-11 from across the country will put their best feet forward to take part in the Brake Kid's Walk to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking.
We provide free resources, advice and guidance to help teachers plan the day. This year we're focusing on the number '5', in particular the five factors - footpaths, cycle paths, safe places to cross, slow traffic and clean traffic - that are key to stopping five children being killed or injured on roads each day.
We will also be working with companies, emergency services, volunteers and MPs who want to get their local school involved.

Get involved: Visit our website to learn more about Brake's Kids Walk.

Webinars: Vehicle technology

We're delighted to announce three new webinar dates for 2018. These webinars are FREE and share best practice advice in managing work-related road risk. 

27 March 2018: Vehicle procurement for safety - active safety systems

2 May 2018: Vehicle procurement for safety - passive safety systems

13 June 2018: Connected and autonomous vehicles - moving towards autonomy

Sign up: Visit our website to book your place!

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Fleet Safety Awards 2018

The 2018 Brake Fleet Safety Awards will take place on Thursday 11 October, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

The Awards are now open for entries and the deadline for applications is Friday 15 June 2018. 

Join us: Book your place at the Fleet Safety Awards 2018, for a night celebrating best practice across the fleet industry! 

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Supporting the suddenly bereaved

Brake will be running a series of four seminars entitled 'Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people' in 2018.

These events will be held on 21 June (Manchester), 28 June (Birmingham), 5 July (London) and 22 November (Cardiff). Speakers will provide guidance on how practitioners and support workers can best help children to cope and recover, following a sudden bereavement.

Many thanks to
Slater and Gordon Lawyers for kindly funding these events.

Register: Visit our website, or email for further information.

Get involved!

Are you interested in raising money to support Brake in 2018? Why not sign up for one of our fabulous fundraising activities?

Parachute Jump: Calling all adventure-seekers to join us at our Parachute Party in Nottingham on 30 June 2018. A fabulous day is promised, all raising money to save lives on our roads. 

Abseil: Join us on Saturday 19 May to abseil down the Orbit sculpture at the Olympic Park Stadium - this is the UK's highest freefall abseil!

Zip-slide: Would you dare to ride the Velocity Zip Wire on Saturday 2 June? It's the longest zip line in Europe and the fastest in the world.

Learn more: Visit our website to find out more.

Brake's accredited helpline is available to anyone in the UK who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash or their carers.

Freephone 0808 8000 401 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, or email

If you need support before we are next available, please visit our online support guides or read these webpages where there is information about coping after a road crash, or contact the Samaritans on 116 123 if you want to talk to somebody.