News

27/10/2016

Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers

A new on-line course developed by the EASST Academy in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy is now available for anyone with the responsibility for training, supervising and monitoring occupational drivers.

The course will give you the skills to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy, because a safe fleet is in everyone’s interest.

Businesses that adopt a thorough approach to driver safety can benefit from reduced insurance, less damage to vehicles and goods, better staff retention and a significant reduction in working time lost through accidents.

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27/10/2016

Think! Country Roads Campaign

The THINK! team has relaunched its ‘Country Roads’ campaign which will run until the end of November.

This campaign is targeting drivers aged 25-34 years, using the message ‘Brake before the bend, not on it’. Evaluation shows that this age group did reduce their speed into bends following the 2015 campaign.

59% of all road fatalities occur on country roads, and in 2015, 10,307 people were killed or seriously injured on country roads in Great Britain. The number of people killed on country roads is 10 times higher than on motorways.

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26/10/2016

Funding Helps Teen with Visual and Hearing Impairment Drive for First Time

A Newport teenager with severe visual and hearing impairment has gone behind the wheel of a car for the first time thanks to a charity.

Emma Gaylard, of Newport, who has Stickler Syndrome, had the chance to drive a car through the charity Sense, who support people who are deafblind or who have sensory impairments or complex needs.

The charity recently received a grant of more than £414,500 from the Big Lottery Fund to provide tailored support for 50 deafblind and multi-sensory impaired young people across South East Wales.

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26/10/2016

New Online Portal Maps Resources for Older Drivers

A new online portal of motoring research relating to older and disabled consumers has been launched.

The Motoring Research Portal, created by the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica), includes more than 80 items of research from industry, academia and third sector organisations.

The portal uses bookmarks to show information on topics including technical research, for example on secondary vehicle technology (which covers everything from the ignition, lights and indicators to heating, air conditioning and in-car entertainment) and the role of autonomous cars.

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25/10/2016

Be Seen This Halloween

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.

The Council’s Road Safety Team is launching its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 30.

With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “On dark nights and in bad weather all pedestrians; and children in particular, are vulnerable on the roads because they are less visible to motorists.

“We want to encourage parents to ensure that their children are made aware of the importance of wearing bright clothing this time of year.

“Anyone travelling near traffic, for example children walking to and from school in the winter, should wear or carry something reflective in poor light and bright or fluorescent during the day to make themselves as visible as possible and keep them safe.”

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25/10/2016

Newport M4 Speed Cameras: 240 Drivers Caught in Three Days

Almost 250 people were caught speeding in the first three days since enforcement was introduced on the M4 around Newport.

The variable speed limit covers the stretch from junction 24 (Coldra) to junction 28 (Tredegar Park).

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years - fines have only been issued since 10 October.

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24/10/2016

Commitment to Building a More Effective Network of Bus Services for Wales

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates has reiterated his commitment to building a more effective network of bus services for Wales.

He has also welcomed the UK Department for Transport’s proposed amendment to the Bus Services Bill, which is designed to ensure better on board information for disabled people, something the Welsh Government has supported since 2013.

Speaking to Assembly Members, Ken Skates said:

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21/10/2016

Stop Means Stop - Drivers Putting Lives at Risk

Children and School Crossing Patrol Staff are being put at risk of death or injury by drivers who fail to stop when the Stop sign is displayed.

Drivers are legally obliged to obey the School Crossing Patrol Sign under the Road Traffic Act 1988. As soon as a patrol raises their sign, even if they have not stepped into the road, the law states that drivers must be prepared to stop.

Once the School Crossing Patrol is in the road displaying the sign, drivers MUST stop, and not proceed until the School Crossing Patrol and any accompanying children have finished crossing the road.

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20/10/2016

Project EDWARD Results

Results from the first European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) have been published by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network) and the European Commission.

Summary of results:

  • On Wednesday 21 September 2016 (Project EDWARD day) there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries
  • This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015 and represents a like-for-like reduction of almost 39 per cent
  • 19 countries recorded zero fatalities on 21 September, compared with 11 countries in 2015. Eight of these countries had recorded at least one fatality on 21 September 2015
  • Seven other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015
  • Three countries recorded an increase in fatalities
  • A full country-by-country result sheet is available here

Twitter impact:

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20/10/2016

GoSafe "20mph Rule Outside Schools" Campaign Results

GoSafe have announced the results of their latest “20mph rule outside schools” campaign.

The campaign commenced on Monday 10th October 2016 and aimed to highlight the importance of respecting 20mph speed limits outside schools across Wales.

GoSafe are committed to the reduction of casualties on Welsh roads, and conduct regular campaigns in 20mph zones in order to influence the behaviour of motorists. This involves enforcing the speed limits at the start and end of the school day.

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