The DVSA has launched a new online service allowing buyers of used cars to check if a vehicle is subject to a safety recall.
The new service, which uses real-time data supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), allows anyone wanting to buy a used car, and existing car owners, to use the vehicle registration number to check if it may have a serious safety problem.
More than eight million used cars were sold in the UK during 2016, with figures from the SMMT suggesting that as many as one in 13 vehicles has an outstanding safety recall.
In the last year more than five million motorists received automatic refunds of vehicle tax after selling their car, totalling over £360 million.
When you tell DVLA that you’ve sold your car, you’re eligible for a refund of vehicle tax for any unused months. The quickest and simplest way to tell DVLA that a vehicle has been sold is online, but the latest figures from DVLA show that more than 60% do not use the service. This means motorists will be waiting longer for their refund.
The online service only takes a few minutes to complete, the seller will get confirmation instantly that they are no longer the vehicle keeper, and the refund will arrive within three to five working days. The service is available on GOV.UK, seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.
Although motorcyclists represent just 0.7% of road traffic in Wales, they account for 23% of killed or seriously injured road casualties.
As we all know, motorcyclists are often also drivers and depending on which mode of transport they use on a particular day, they could be drastically more at risk of being involved in a serious collision. Latest figures for Wales show that motorcyclists are 86 times more at risk of being killed or seriously injured than any other driver.
Reducing motorcycling casualties across Wales remains a key priority for partners in Road Safety Wales and raising awareness of the increased level of risk experienced by riders of motorcycles is one of the measures being used.
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."
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?
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.
Pupils from Bedwas High School, have for the third consecutive year, been announced as winners of the Anti-Drink Driving Poster Competition, run by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Every year the Road Safety Team arranges the competition which encourages school pupils to design a poster to remind residents of the serious consequences of drink driving. Bedwas High School has once again created some exceptional pieces of artwork, highlighting the risk a drink driver causes to themselves and other road users.
At a presentation on Friday 15 December, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Cllr. Sean Morgan and Susan Davies, Road Safety Projects Officer, presented awards and professionally printed copies of their winning designs to the overall winner Ellie Austen and runners up Tegan Fletcher and Tahlia Edwards.
Officers in Gwent are urging the public to let them know, anonymously, the details of motorists that drink or drug drive by using a NEW text service launched as part of the All Wales anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
If people know someone who drink or drug drives, they can text Gwent Police 24/7, and help keep our roads safe, on a new texting service.
All that is required is the Car Registration, Make, Model, Location, Time and Driver details if known, and the number to text the information to is 07464 645 100 (this is not a free number, texts are charged at normal rate).
“You should be under no illusion if you get behind the wheel whilst under the influence you not only risk your licence, get a fine or prison sentence, but you are risking lives too” – that is the message being driven by the Welsh Police Forces as they prepare to launch their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.
The month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Friday, 1 December and police forces across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.
North Wales Police will lead the all Wales campaign and will be using social media to drive home the message the impact of drink and drug driving.