News

06/03/2017

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

TyreSafe has aired its concern at the implication for road safety of skyrocketing MoT failure rates caused by defects with vehicles’ Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). More than 23,000 vehicles required a retest following identification of TPMS issues in 2016 compared with a little over 7000 in 2015* - an enormous rise of 212%.

TPMS became mandatory on all new passenger vehicles sold after 1 November 2014 as a safety feature to help reduce the number of vehicles being driven with tyre pressures significantly – even dangerously – below the recommended settings. Such vehicles are not only more difficult to control, increasing the risk of an incident, but also consume more fuel and wear their tyres out more quickly. TPMS notifies the driver to a variance in tyre pressure by illuminating a warning light on the dashboard and, in some cases, sounding an audible alert thereby offering motorists the opportunity to rectify the issue.

If drivers do not see the TPMS alert come on with all other warning lights when they start their vehicle, they should immediately check with their service garage that the system is functioning properly.

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01/03/2017

Put Your Phone Away

From today (1 March) the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel increase to 6 points and a £200 fine.

Road Safety Officers across the country are making the public aware of the dangers of this offence and all 43 police forces in England and Wales are participating in a week of enforcement action against drivers who flout the law.

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07/02/2017

When Winter Bites

When Winter Bites...


At this time of year, a single journey may take us into very different weather and different road and traffic conditions, so drivers need to be prepared.

Working in partnership with Highways England, Road Safety Wales has produced a series of posters to remind drivers to be prepared, to plan around the weather, and to check forecasts for the latest information.

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07/02/2017

#OpSnap Campaign Continues

Just over three months after a campaign to highlight dangerous driving was launched, North Wales Police are renewing their message for people to submit video and photographic evidence of motoring offences.

Following the launch of Operation Snap or #OpSnap, numerous film clips and photographs have already been received from members of the public. 58 offences have so far been processed – ranging from driving without due care and attention, failing to comply with a red traffic signal and failing to comply with solid white line.

Operation Snap was launched in October 2016, in response to the ever increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences on the roads of North Wales.

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13/01/2017

Managing Winter Road Risk

Road Safety Wales is reminding employers to review their driving for work risk management policy and ensure that winter driving is properly covered.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said: "Employees who drive for work purposes should be fully aware of what is expected of them during periods of severe weather and plans should be in place for identifying and preparing for essential journeys."

Employers have a duty to take all reasonably practicable measures to manage risk and companies should ensure that their drivers take heed of any warnings, either from official external sources or from within the firm, not to continue their journeys when advised.

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13/01/2017

Free Guide to Winter Driving

At this time of year, it’s important to keep in mind the change in road conditions and the effect this will have on the way we drive. Preparing your car ahead of time can cut down on future maintenance costs and more importantly, prevent an accident from happening.

Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide to driving in winter, highlighting steps you can take to help keep safe on the roads. It’s full of information about essential winter driving equipment you should carry and tips on when and how to use it. Simple things, such as making sure your washer fluid is topped up, can save you trouble in the long run and ensure that you’re fully prepared for poor weather and road conditions.

You can find the guide here: https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/~/media/files/resources/guide-to-driving-in-winter.pdf?la=en

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15/12/2016

Winning Ideas for Road Safety Campaign

A competition searching for videos and poster designs for a national road safety campaign has awarded two Torfaen artists for their creations. Earlier this year, Road Safety Wales appealed for designs to be used in their campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of drinking and taking drugs.

Molly Jones, 11, from West Monmouth School and April Bryant, 20, of Coleg Gwent, were recognised for their efforts, winning £50 each and receiving a certificate from Mayor for Torfaen, Cllr Veronica Crick.

Miss Jones won a prize in the campaign’s Christmas poster competition and came up with a number of different designs highlighting the damage that drinking and driving can do, merging them into one to create her winning entry. Art and design student Ms Bryant won the multimedia competition, using the classic Russian animation ‘The Hedgehog in the Fog’ as inspiration for her short stop-motion animation film.

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01/12/2016

Wales-Wide Festive Drink and Drug Drive Crackdown

Police forces are preparing to crack down on drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs ahead of the festive season.

Drivers will be breathalysed and also checked for drugs during the campaign after a change to the law last spring.

Nearly 23,000 motorists were breathalysed during the operation last December.

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11/11/2016

Injured Horse Rider Urges Drivers to Slow Down

An event rider from the Newcastle Emlyn area is urging drivers to slow down and take care when they drive on rural roads, following an accident only five minutes from her home between the villages of Rhydlewis and Brongest last week.

It was originally thought that Sophie Spiteri had suffered a clot on the lung following her fall on the tarmac, but she came away with only minor injuries.

A knowledgeable horse woman, Sophie can be seen riding her retired race horses and youngsters daily around the country lanes of Brongest, the village where she lives. On her usual daily morning hack on her five-year-old thoroughbred gelding Gulliver, she was met by a white van, and Sophie says the driver made no attempt to stop.

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09/11/2016

Government Confirms Plans to Double Mobile Phone Penalties

The Government has confirmed it is planning to double the penalties for those caught using a mobile phone while driving.

Announced today (8 Nov) as part of a response into a consultation on the issue, the move means that those found committing the offence will be docked six points and receive a £200 fine.

In January, the Government launched its consultation seeking views on proposals to increase penalty points and fixed penalty notice (FPN) levels for the offence.

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