This article was originally published in October 2016 and has since been updated.
Read moreThe UK government is introducing a series of new car stickers to try to make the UK more welcoming to new women.
The stickers will cost between £2 and £4 (about $3 and $5) each, and will be sold on all major supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons.
They will be printed on soft plastic and be available to use at petrol stations, petrol pumps, supermarkets, car dealerships and petrol stations at the checkout.
The government said it had consulted with the Association of Chief Police Officers and other groups about the new rules, which were introduced to help curb road rage and encourage drivers to use safer vehicles.
The changes are due to take effect from March 1.
‘Policing for the sake of safety’The government has already announced changes to how the police enforce road rules and a new approach to investigating crimes.
New guidelines, published last month, are aimed at making the force more proactive in cracking down on road rage, while introducing a new “code of conduct” that aims to help officers and victims of road crime understand the rules and make their own decisions about when to stop and seek help.
“Policers and other agencies will need to be able to use a wide range of relevant evidence and evidence-based advice to make decisions to respond appropriately to road rage or other road safety issues, including whether to use reasonable force or make an arrest,” the government said in a statement.
The car stickers are being rolled out in partnership with the British Association for the Advancement of Women (BAW) and the Women’s and Gender Studies Association (WGSA).
BAW said the stickers were an important way for the government to encourage women to drive.
“It is clear that the number of female drivers on the roads has grown significantly in recent years and the introduction of these new car sticker measures will help increase the number and level of women driving,” BAW president Jenny Rundle said.
“These new measures will also ensure that any female drivers who experience road rage can recognise the warning signs of road rage.
These stickers also help ensure that the UK is in a position to help those in need, whether that is a road rage victim, a vulnerable road user, or a family member of a road user.”
‘More women in cars’More than half of women aged 25 to 54 have a car, according to figures from the government’s National Driving Survey (NDSS).
According to the NDSS, women account for almost half of all new drivers aged 25-54.
Bew said the new car design would “increase the level of confidence and understanding that female drivers have about driving and also help women to better understand what’s expected of them”.
The new stickers will be issued to anyone who applies for a new licence to drive in the UK from March 15, 2019.
In addition to encouraging women to apply for a licence, the government is also introducing a number of new measures to help ensure they are safe on the road.
This is being rolled-out in partnership to the British Council and the Association for British Cycling (ABUC).
A new ‘road rage prevention toolkit’ will be launched next month, with a number, including an ’emergency phone helpline’ for those experiencing road rage who want help, a new ‘stop, seek help’ hotline and new resources for those who may be on the run, and a ‘road safety education’ website.
These will be used by police and public health professionals, who will be able, through the BEW, to inform women about road safety.
On top of these measures, a police review will be commissioned to look at road safety and road rage prevention.
ABUC general secretary, Dr Mary Beard, said: “The introduction of a new sticker scheme will help to address road rage that often occurs when women are involved in the same activities as male drivers.”
There is no excuse for driving under the influence and we need to make sure we tackle the issue at its root.
“The government needs to make it clear that road rage is a major contributing factor to road deaths and serious injuries, and that road safety is a top priority.”‘
We need to work together’The new government has also announced a series and updates to the Women, Equalities and Equalities Commission (WEEC) that will see a new head, a deputy head, and additional senior roles.
WEEC president, Claire Lees, said the government was “building a fairer Britain”.
“We know that there are barriers for women to access employment and we are committed to ensuring that women can be successful in all sectors of the economy and society, including those working in government,” she said.
According of the Women and Equities Commission, the UK has one of the highest rates of women who are