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Mobile Phone Detection Cameras

With used cars sales in Northern Ireland continuing to soar, so are the methods of road traffic control and safety, mobile phone detection cameras are at the forefront with trials rolling out across the UK. These new technologies are now taking over motorways and catching people using their mobile phones while driving with penalties to be put in place in UK law.

As a society, we’re more glued to our phones than ever seen before, to the extent of even using our mobile phones during high concentration tasks like driving. 

Because phones are so easily accessible to us, with the simple reach into our pocket, it seems to be difficult for us to stay away from them. This is why there was a need to create a system of control where people can get caught for looking at their phones while driving to try and combat the problem. 

You’ll be surprised that over 15,000 people were using their phones on a motorway in the UK in the space of 6 months. 

Mobile phones and driving

We all trust ourselves while driving since we’re the ones in control. Looking at a phone for a few seconds to quickly type a message or check notifications can seem like something we can easily manage while driving, however things can happen very quickly and suddenly on roads. Usually, all it takes is a second or two to react to a situation that can save your life. 

Missing out on something vital happening on the road while checking a phone notification which can be done upon arrival is not worth the possible consequences. 

While sometimes we need to take a call, this can be done through car bluetooth systems where it’s not necessary to take attention away from the road, and is much safer. 

Along with using a mobile phone while driving, there are other things you probably didn’t know were illegal when driving

You won’t miss out on anything in the social media world by not looking at your phone during the time of making a journey, but you can surely miss out on a healthy or any life at all. This is where these road traffic control systems come into play

New Mobile Phone Detection Cameras to combat phone use while driving

Using artificial intelligence, a high definition camera captures images of vehicles windscreens and analyses them to scan for phones. Before this was available, people were only caught using their phones if a police officer physically saw them, which is a lot less probable. 

This new system is referred to as smart cameras, which not only scan for people using their phones while driving but also if they’re wearing a seatbelt. 

Having rules in place is one thing, but being able to monitor them is another. Both are needed to combat the use of mobile phones while driving and the UK is on the right track. 

Buying used cars in Northern Ireland has been hugely popular over recent years with less cars being produced. While used cars began to boom so did new security systems, so while we couldn’t purchase newer cars, some advancements happened. 

Combating the problem of accidents as a result of paying attention to mobile phones rather than the road is an issue we need to fix. 

It’s good to see some action starting to take place in relation to this in the UK, which can hopefully translate into less accidents. 
To view some great used cars in Northern Ireland, you can browse through our wide selection and you can be sure to find something for yourself.

Soon to expire driving licenses to be extended

It has been announced that motorists in Northern Ireland whose driving licences are set to expire are set to have an extension for seven months.

The extension applies to those licenses with an expiry date between February and August of this year. Unfortunately, this extension does not apply to taxi drivers as they are not covered by the EU driving licence directive.

It was announced by Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon who said this will come into effect in the coming days under EU rules. The change will be automatic with no action required by the driver.

She said…

“I understand that for many people at this time in particular, having a valid licence allowing them to drive for essential journeys or to ensure they can continue to work, is vital.  

“This new EU Regulation provides a practical solution to a very real problem and ensures that those in this situation can remain on the road without having to worry about getting a renewal application processed, which for some requires a medical assessment. It will also help any customers who could not access or were finding it difficult to renew their licence online. 

“Road safety is my key priority and I would therefore remind all drivers that they have a responsibility to notify the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) if they have a new or worsening medical condition or disability that may affect their ability to drive.”

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MOT Exemptions Extended in NI for a year


Northern Ireland drivers are set to benefit from a years extension on their MOT exemptions due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic in NI.

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon has said today that it would not be possible to accomodate the backlog of MOT tests as well as conduct business as normal at test centres.

Nichola Mallon has stated…

I have decided the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) will continue to issue temporary exemption certificates (TECs) to those vehicles, private cars, goods vehicles, trailers or motorcycles until their normal MOT date.

This means a vehicle will get an exemption for one year which will bring it back into the system when there is capacity to test it.

She also stated that drivers will now apply for their MOT as normal next year.

Customers will no longer have to book a test that they know they will never attend and pay over money only for it to be returned to them in a refund some weeks later

Should the current lockdown restrictions continue, Ms Mallon has also stated that the DVA could potentially lose £8.6 million in revenue from MOT testing fees.

Drivers have also been urged to remember that they are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their vehicles to keep them in a roadworthy condition.

This comes after an already difficult year for the DVA after cracks discovered in vehicles lifts late last year forced the cancellation of thousands of MOT tests in January.

You can. keep up-to-date on all the latest DVA developments on the NIDirect website.