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18/09/2017

Driving Test Changes Explained

The driving test is changing from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.

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

The four driving test changes are:

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01/09/2017

Stop Means Stop Reminder

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being reminded to stop when signalled by our school crossing patrol officers.

With the start of the new school term in September, the council’s road safety team is launching its annual ‘Stop Means Stop’ campaign.

When a school crossing patrol displays their stop sign, motorists must stop.

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14/08/2017

Motorway Lessons for Learner Drivers

Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today (13 August 2017).

The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.

Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car.

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09/08/2017

The New Driving Test Explained

The DVSA has published information for driving instructors outlining what their pupils can expect from the changes to the driving test.

The redesigned test will be launched on 4 December, and is designed to ensure that newly qualified drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own.

The blog post features a number of short videos highlighting the changes in action, together with an explanation of the instructions that will be given to pupils.

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26/07/2017

Argos Recalls Three Child Car Seats

Argos has issue a recall for three child car seats. The recall is as a result of testing that revealed the car seat covers don’t meet fire safety regulations.

Argos has emailed those who bought this car seat, but we’d still urge you to check your seat if you have one of these models but haven’t yet received an email:

Fisher Price Group 0+ Baby Car Seat

Catalogue number 399/9888
Model number LB-320
ECE R44.04 approval number 045126

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17/07/2017

Towing Trailers Safely

As the summer holidays are approaching, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging drivers to make sure their trailers, caravans and horseboxes are safe and legal.

The DVSA #TowSafe4Freddie campaign was launched in November last year and has been calling on drivers using a trailer to perform basic safety checks following the tragic death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey.

Freddie was walking with his mother in Bedminster, Bristol, when a two-tonne trailer became detached from a Land Rover. The trailer mounted the kerb before hitting Freddie.

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26/06/2017

20mph Rule Outside Schools

All four Welsh police forces will use a week-long enforcement campaign to highlight the ‘importance of sticking to the speed limit’ - particularly where the limit is 20mph.

The enforcement week, which got underway on Monday 26 Junehas been organised by the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, Go Safe, as part of its #20mphrule outside school campaign. It is supported by the Welsh Government.

In South Wales, police officers will be working to educate and enforce 20mph limits - especially around schools and other areas of community interest.

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13/06/2017

Driver Refresher Workshops in Powys

Mature drivers in Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to informal workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following days:

• Wednesday, June 21 – Rhayader
• Wednesday, July 19 – Llanelwedd
• Wednesday, August 9 – Brecon

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06/06/2017

One Fateful Day

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has produced a new ‘thought-provoking’ film designed to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations.

‘One Fateful Day’ tells the story of a male van driver, distracted by using his mobile phone as he talks to his office. He is also subsequently found to have been taking drugs and to be driving a defective vehicle – all of which have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for the driver, operations manager and company owner.

The film is the brainchild of Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and LCVs, who says the story illustrates some of the typical failings seen among van operators.

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31/05/2017

Don't Drive 'Whilst Under the Influence' this Summer

This summer, police officers across Wales will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running throughout June, on behalf of the four Welsh police forces.

Last summer in Wales, over 9500 motorists took part in the campaign, with more than 300 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

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