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24/04/2017

Tougher Punishments for Speeding Offences

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.  The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).

The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.  It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.

Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.

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18/04/2017

Driving Test Changes from December 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving and will only apply to car driving tests.

The four changes are:

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12/04/2017

Community Concern "You asked, We Did."

While GoSafe place cameras at sites where people have been killed or injured, they do not believe in waiting for people to be injured before they take action.

That is why mobile cameras also operate in areas where communities have complained that speed is endangering lives and a survey confirms that there is a genuine speeding problem.

One new site will shortly be enforced at Rhosesmor in Flintshire. This has been brought about due to concerns within the community. A speed survey showed that there was a potential speeding issue, and as a result a new site has been created.

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11/04/2017

ACT Before Travelling this Easter

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey.

Half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.

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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

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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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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15/03/2017

Welsh Police Winter Drink/Drug Driving Campaign Results Show Slight Increase

Over 18,000 people in Wales were stopped and tested for drink driving or driving whilst under the influence of drugs, during the recent All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign.

The police campaign was launched by South Wales Police on the 1st December with the help of Angela Coen whose son, Arran, sadly died as a result of getting behind the wheel when he was over the drink drive limit.

Following the conclusion of the campaign on New Year’s Day, officers had stopped and tested 18,408 drivers at the roadside.

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13/03/2017

Belt Up! All Wales Seatbelt Campaign

‘Belting up can save a life’, people will be warned as part of an All Wales campaign stressing the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

From Monday, March 13 Dyfed Powys Police lead the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
 Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to ignore the law, endangering all road users.

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08/03/2017

10,000 Haulage Firms on Safety 'Red List'

About 10,000 haulage operators are on a "red list" because of the risk they pose to other road users, the body that enforces lorry safety in Britain says.

The list represents one in eight transport firms, and is used by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to target enforcement.

The hauliers are failing to ensure adequate maintenance and safety, or to monitor drivers' hours, the DVSA says.

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