News

26/01/2018

Pay a DVLA Fine Online

DVLA has just made some new additions to their 'Pay a DVLA Fine' service. The service, launched in 2016 allows customers to pay vehicle-related fines online.  Building on its success, the service has now been extended and enhanced, allowing customers to deal with a broader range of fines more easily, and sort out their vehicle tax, all at the same time.

Fines issued to vehicle keepers that are caught using an untaxed or uninsured vehicle on the public road were, until recently, paid using a paper process.  Following customer feedback that paying a fine in this way was an administrative burden, the facility to pay online has been made available.

As well as increasing the range of fines that can be paid online, the way that the digital service links up with other parts of GOV.UK has been enhanced. Up until recently, the online service for paying a fine was separate from the online service to tax your vehicle. This meant after a fine was paid, customers needed to find their vehicle registration document and head to a different service to pay their tax.

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25/01/2018

Check Insurance at the Roadside

The free askMID mobile phone service launched by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) today will help millions of accident victims a year to check vehicle insurance details at the roadside.

The new 'askMID Roadside' service, which is only accessible via a smart mobile device at www.askMID.com, can be used to check the insurance details of the other parties involved in a road traffic accident.

MIB Chief Executive, Ashton West, believes the new mobile service will help these drivers and many others take some of the stress out of collecting important information at the time of the accident.

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25/01/2018

Learning from the Swedish Model

A contingent of multi agency partners across emergency services and Welsh Government have travelled to Sweden to explore how to reduce the number of serious and fatal collisions.

The ambition is to make Welsh roads the safest in the world, through learning from partners and pioneers, and visiting the Swedish Transport Administration.  Their national approach, through design, enforcement, communication and legislation has created a culture where serious or fatal collisions are becoming a rarity due to their “Vision Zero initiative”, which aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the country’s roads.

Sergeant Christopher Grey, South Wales Police said:

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22/01/2018

Over 530 Arrests in Drink/Drug Driving Crackdown

More than 530 people were arrested in Wales in December as police forces cracked down on driving under the influence of drink or drugs.  The All-Wales Christmas Anti-Drink/Drug Driving Campaign, led by North Wales Police, saw 537 people arrested across the country.   South Wales Police recorded the highest figures, making 207 arrests for drink and drug driving.  Police described the actions of those caught as "disappointing".

As part of the campaign, North Wales Police distributed free disposable breath test kits for anyone who wanted an indication of alcohol levels the morning after a night of drinking.

Inspector David Cust, North Wales Police said: "We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the disposable breath test kits. Many have told us it stopped them from driving the morning after having indicated that alcohol was still present in their systems.  From our point of view if it prevented one person from taking a risk then they've done their job."

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22/01/2018

Get MOT Reminders by Text or E-mail

Sign up to get free reminders from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency when your MOT is due.

You’ll get a text message or  e-mail reminder one month before your MOT is due. You’ll get another reminder if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due.

Register for the service here

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19/01/2018

RoSPA Road Safety Conference 2018

Can Road Safety, Public Health and Air Quality Priorities Support Each Other?

7 March 2018 - The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

This year's conference will explore the growing debate about how effective road safety policies can be maintained and developed at the same time as policies to reduce air pollution, improve air quality, and encourage active travel to improve public health.

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19/01/2018

Is the Active Travel Act Working for Wales?

Is the Active Travel Act working? That’s the question being posed by an Assembly committee as it looks at the law which is meant to make it easier to walk and cycle in Wales.

The Committee has launched a written consultation seeking views on the first Welsh transport law, which came in to force in 2013.

Russell George, chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, said: “The Active Travel Act called on local authorities to produce two maps – a first map of existing routes for walking and cycling; and a second map setting out their aspirations for the future.

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17/01/2018

Winter Driving

With wintry weather blowing in again, now is the time to get familiar with winter driving tips. You can find comprehensive advice on the RoSPA website

To make a good start, put yourself together an emergency kit to keep in your car, especially if you're going on a long journey. If this seems unnecessary, take a moment to imagine yourself stranded in your car overnight, due to a snow storm or floods. How would you stay warm? What would you eat and drink?

Suggested items include:

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21/12/2017

Torfaen Poster Competition Winners

Schools across Torfaen were invited to take part in the Road Safety Anti Drink/Drug Driving Poster Competition 2017.

Torfaen Road Safety received 320 entries! From these, a number of senior and junior winners were picked as well as a number of runners up.

All the winners and runners up received a certificate and goodie bag with the winners also receiving a £10 voucher.

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20/12/2017

Operation Snap Launches Wales-Wide

Motorists can now contribute to help Wales’s police forces keep roads safe by putting digital footage from dash cams and other devices to good use.

From today, as part of Operation Snap, members of the public throughout Wales can submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

Initially devised and piloted by the GoSafe unit in North Wales Police and the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, the operation has now been introduced Wales-wide following further developments by South Wales Police and GoSafe. It will give members of the public the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

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