News

06/03/2017

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

TyreSafe has aired its concern at the implication for road safety of skyrocketing MoT failure rates caused by defects with vehicles’ Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). More than 23,000 vehicles required a retest following identification of TPMS issues in 2016 compared with a little over 7000 in 2015* - an enormous rise of 212%.

TPMS became mandatory on all new passenger vehicles sold after 1 November 2014 as a safety feature to help reduce the number of vehicles being driven with tyre pressures significantly – even dangerously – below the recommended settings. Such vehicles are not only more difficult to control, increasing the risk of an incident, but also consume more fuel and wear their tyres out more quickly. TPMS notifies the driver to a variance in tyre pressure by illuminating a warning light on the dashboard and, in some cases, sounding an audible alert thereby offering motorists the opportunity to rectify the issue.

If drivers do not see the TPMS alert come on with all other warning lights when they start their vehicle, they should immediately check with their service garage that the system is functioning properly.

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03/03/2017

Euro NCAP Celebrates 20 Years of Testing

More than 78,000 lives have been saved since Euro NCAP’s tough crash safety tests were launched 20 years ago. Euro NCAP reveals it has published over 630 safety ratings, crash-tested some 1,800 cars and collectively spent over 160 million Euro to make cars safer.

The first tests exposed safety failings in top-selling family cars, forcing a fundamental rethink in the way vehicles were designed to prevent accidents and save lives. Twenty years on, 9 out of 10 cars sold on the European market hold a Euro NCAP rating and the motor industry actively supports the development of new requirements for the top safety ratings.

Today, the results of crash tests of two family cars built 20 years apart underline the huge advances in vehicle safety since 1997. Safety technologies that were non-existent or optional at most - such as driver and passenger airbags, side protection airbags, belt reminders and electronic stability control – are now standard on all cars sold in Europe.

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01/03/2017

Put Your Phone Away

From today (1 March) the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel increase to 6 points and a £200 fine.

Road Safety Officers across the country are making the public aware of the dangers of this offence and all 43 police forces in England and Wales are participating in a week of enforcement action against drivers who flout the law.

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28/02/2017

A Road Safety Wales information leaflet and poster have been updated to make road users aware of the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales.

The bilingual leaflet covers the following:

Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment.

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22/02/2017

Young Driver Wins Pass Plus Cymru Prize Draw

A young man who took part in a council-run Pass Plus Cymru course has been congratulated after winning a prize draw.

Ben Read, from Llandegla, was randomly selected from drivers across Wales who had recently taken part in Pass Plus Cymru, to win the course’s quarterly draw.

The course is available to drivers aged 17 to 25 who live in Wales, and is designed to help young drivers become safer on the roads. 

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21/02/2017

New CBT Video and Updated Guide for Learners

DVSA has published a new video about how compulsory basic training (CBT) works on YouTube. The short video is designed for learner riders.

The GOV.UK guide about how CBT works has also been updated in the last few months, and it now gives better information about preparing for CBT, what to take to the course, and how to make a complaint about a course.

If you are thinking about taking up motorcycling for the first time or are returning to motorcycling after a break, there is all the information you need about licences, the types of machines you can ride and appropriate clothing on the Wales by Bike website. Experienced motorcyclists will also find information on routes, tips and training opportunities across Wales.

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07/02/2017

When Winter Bites

When Winter Bites...


At this time of year, a single journey may take us into very different weather and different road and traffic conditions, so drivers need to be prepared.

Working in partnership with Highways England, Road Safety Wales has produced a series of posters to remind drivers to be prepared, to plan around the weather, and to check forecasts for the latest information.

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07/02/2017

#OpSnap Campaign Continues

Just over three months after a campaign to highlight dangerous driving was launched, North Wales Police are renewing their message for people to submit video and photographic evidence of motoring offences.

Following the launch of Operation Snap or #OpSnap, numerous film clips and photographs have already been received from members of the public. 58 offences have so far been processed – ranging from driving without due care and attention, failing to comply with a red traffic signal and failing to comply with solid white line.

Operation Snap was launched in October 2016, in response to the ever increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences on the roads of North Wales.

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01/02/2017

Top of the Lollipops!

The unsung heroes guiding Vale youngsters safely across our roads twice a day have been given the recognition they deserve.

At the recent Vale Road Safety Awards, an annual event held at the Council’s Dock Offices, those working on school crossing patrols throughout the county were recognised and rewarded for their contribution to road safety.

The co-ordinators and volunteers of the Kerbcraft Child Pedestrian Training Scheme were also thanked during this year’s presentation.

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30/01/2017

Don’t Put Your Licence at Risk, Turn Off Your Phone

On 1 March 2017 the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of a car will be increasing to 6 points and a £200 fine.

This increase in points means that if you are a driver who has held their licence for less than two years, being caught on your phone JUST ONCE will result in your licence being revoked by the DVLA. To get your licence back you will need to retake and pass both parts of the driving test, resulting in considerable expense, and time off the road. Additionally your new licence will still show the 6 points, which will have an impact on the insurance premium you have to pay.

Experienced drivers are not immune to the consequences of the change in the law either. Most insurance companies request details of any driving convictions that you've received in the past five years, and it's illegal to withhold any such information.

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