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10/04/2017

More than 13,000 Exceed Variable Speed Limit

Thousands of drivers have been caught speeding on the M4 around Newport since enforcement was introduced six months ago, new figures confirm.

The data, released by the Welsh Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, GoSafe, confirms more than 13,000 people have exceeded the variable speed limit.

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years. Fines have only been issued since October 10, 2016 following a 14-day period where advisory notices were sent out.

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03/04/2017

Vehicle Safety Checks

With the Easter break approaching, thoughts may be turning to days out, trips to the seaside and visits to other attractions.

Every year Highways England traffic officers deal with more than 85,000 breakdowns on the roads they patrol.

In the last two years, over 40 per cent of these breakdowns were caused by vehicles running out of fuel, tyre maintenance, power loss and engine trouble. You wouldn't fly without the proper checks being carried out, so why drive without them?

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03/04/2017

Cycling in France this Summer?

If you are taking the family to France in the summer, and intend to take your bicycles too, there is a new law that you need to be aware of.

It is now a mandatory requirement for children under the age of 12 years to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.

Failure to comply with the law, which came into force last week (22 March), can result in the child’s parents receiving a fine of €90 (around £78).

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03/04/2017

Captured a Driving Offence?

From today, members of the public will be able to submit footage and images of road traffic offences being committed on the roads of South Wales.

Working in partnership with Go Safe, Operation Snap will provide a safe alternative way to share footage of offences seen by motorists. Road traffic offences targeted as part of the operation will include – dangerous driving; driving without due care and attention; contravening solid white lines; mobile phone use; improper control of vehicle; contravening of red traffic lights.

Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said:

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29/03/2017

Continued Efforts Required to Save Lives

The 2016 road safety statistics released by the European Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year. 25,500 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2016, 600 fewer than in 2015 and 6,000 fewer than in 2010. A further 135,000 people were seriously injured on the road according to Commission's estimates.

Following two years of stagnation, 2016 marks the return of a positive downwards trend and over the last six years, road fatalities have been cut by 19%. While this pace is encouraging, it may nevertheless be insufficient if the EU is to meet its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020. This calls for further efforts from all actors and particularly from the national and local authorities, which deliver most of the day-to-day actions, such as enforcement and awareness-raising.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said ''Today's statistics are an improvement and something positive to build on. But it's not the figures that worry me the most – it's the lives lost, and the families left behind. Just today we will lose another 70 lives on EU roads and five-times as many will sustain serious injuries! I'm inviting all stakeholders to step up their efforts so we can meet the objective of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020".

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28/03/2017

Motorcycle Safety Campaign Launches

An operation aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads of North Wales was launched on 27 March.

Darwen is an all Wales campaign which runs from early Spring through until the autumn and is aimed at motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.

Over the coming months, officers from Roads Policing Units will engage with riders at popular meeting spots for enthusiasts as well as certain routes as part of the operation. Go Safe vans will also be deployed as part of the operation.

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27/03/2017

Lighter Evenings Are Here – But We’re Still Behind The Times

The coming of spring and the changing of the clocks means lighter evenings, more time spent outside and a brighter drive home.

But family safety charity RoSPA is campaigning to increase the number of evening daylight hours even further, in order to save lives and improve quality of life.

RoSPA wants to see Britain move to Single/Double Summer Time (SDST) which would mean the country would now be an extra hour ahead (GMT+2), although the real benefits of the move would be when the clocks go back in the autumn.

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22/03/2017

£30m Transport Grants will Help Boost Safety, Jobs and Growth

Job opportunities and road safety will be boosted by more than £30m worth of grants to local transport schemes in Wales, the Economy Secretary has said.

Ken Skates said the cash would also promote walking and cycling and tackle congestion.

The money will help fund more than 100 local projects across Wales.

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22/03/2017

New Vehicle Tax Rates from 1 April

If you're not buying new, it won’t affect you

The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars, and some motor homes, that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.

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22/03/2017

Community Speed Watch Continues to Grow Across Wales

Community Speed Watch schemes continue to grow across Wales. The schemes, which are staffed by volunteers and supported by Neighbourhood Policing Teams are progressing well across the country.

The idea of the schemes is to empower the community to support the Police and GoSafe with dealing with speeding vehicles on Welsh roads.

There are currently in excess of 200 sites across Wales.

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