Summary

My research of road crash causes should finish here but the European Commission, Transport Research Laboratory TRL, British and Irish Governments, Highway Code, DVSA, RSA and Gardai refuse to admit to their mistakes or disprove my research discovery by demonstration, while using VBOX the world’s most accurate recorder of speed in time and distance.

Drivers cannot be trained with the aid of dual controls in 12 EDT Lessons, or tested at maximum speed limits in 50 km/h areas with ramps dictating speeds of 20 km/h, while police crash investigators rarely find the crash cause at the scene, as the 5 TRL stopping distances are based on incorrect formulas as follows:

Five of the incorrect TRL Stopping Formulas outlined 1946 – 2019

As the Transport Research Laboratory TRL, established by the British Government in 1933 is the author of the Department of Transport Highway Code stopping formula since 1946 and the author of 4 other stopping formulas since then I will begin by outlining TRLs different stopping formulas 1946 – 2019 as follows:   

Speed 

TRL 1946 -2019

Highway Code

By Parliament
  

TRL 1981

Quimby Watts

Roads Policing
  

TRl 2007

York Farrell

Rules of Road
  

TRL 2012

York Farrell

Rules of Road
  

TRL 2017

Richard Cuerden

Brake
 Km/h R B TSD R B TSD R B TSD R B TSD R B TSD
 30  6 12   3 11 
 32  6 12   20  5.5 5.3   10.8
 40 10  18   17 26 
 48  9  14 23   29 14  43 
 50  9.2 14.8   24 10  15  25   21 15  36 
 60 11  21.4  32.4   12  21  33 25  21  46 
 64 12  24  36   39 24  63 
 70  29 29  58 
 80  15 38  23   49 38   87  14.7  38  52.7  16 36   52  33 38  71 
 90  38 47   85
 96 18  55   73  59 55   114
 100  18.3  59.4  77.7  20 50  70  42   59 101
 110 46  71  117 
 112  21 75   96  68 75   143
 120 73  86   159  22 85.5  107.5   24 78  102   50 86  136 

R: Reaction Distance Metres. B: Braking Distance Metres. TSD: Total Stopping Distance Metres

TRL is mistaken
in outlining driver Reaction Time to move to the brake pedal before braking, braking distances beyond emergency standard and for one-way roads only.  A footbrake pedal should be covered in Anticipation when space or view is restricted. ‘Cruise Control’ allows a right foot over the brake pedal on most journeys.

In 2006 and on 23 05 2012, Iain O. York at TRL misled Brian Farrell the RSA communications Manager who writes under the name ‘RSA Expert’, by providing two different stopping formulas.  These two formulas have been used in the Rules of the Road in Ireland since 1957. It required Freedom of Information Requests over the years to obtain this information from the RSA, who claim to be ‘Working to Save Lives’.

In 2017, Richard Cuerden TRL was the source of the TRL advice delivered to the Charity Brake which contradicts the TRL stopping formulas outlined since 1946 and information provided for the European Commission EC in:

  • Access to In-vehicle Data and Resources Contract No: MOVE/C3/SER/2015-344/S12.736158 Document number: CPR2419 by TRL 2017.
  • 2016; TRL Saving lives on EU roads: General and Pedestrian Safety Regulation.
  • 2017; TRL Safety Benefits for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) Final Report.
  • 2018; Review of the General Safety and Pedestrian Safety Regulations: technical annex to GSR2 report SI2.733025: final report Written by; M Seidl, R Khatry, J Carroll and J Kent TRL Ltd March 2018.
  • 10 12 2018, the work TRL has undertaken on behalf of the EU over a four-year period, which Cuerden incorrectly claims will prevent 25,000 fatalities and 140,000 serious casualties on EU roads as well, as
  • Establishing EuroNCAP in 1997, which resulted in the unnecessary research crashing of 2,000 cars.

Each TRL Report for the EC contains a Legal Notice, Disclaimer and Europe Direct advice.

In 1994 Vision Zero was conceived in Sweden.  In 2019, TRL, has misled Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner EC for Transport, who introduced zero fatalities by 2050, 22 years after EuroNCAP was established.

Invitation

I invite John Doyle at the Highway Code, AR Quimby, GR Watts and Richard Cuerden at TRL as well as Violeta Bulc EC and Ministers to accept or disprove my findings by demonstration while using VBOX measurements.

Frank Cullinane.