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23/08/2016

Driving Tests and Learning to Drive – Consultation

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads by making sure newly-qualified drivers are better prepared for driving on modern roads.

To do this, the driving test needs to better assess the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions. The changes are to:

  • increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
  • ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
  • replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, for example, driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
  • ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving, for example, asking them to use the rear heated screen

The consultation closes at 25 August 2016 11:45pm - you can respond by going to https://www.gov.uk/

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15/08/2016

Warning of the Dangers of Fatigue

Fatigue is estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions. These types of crashes tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a driver who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve.

Sleepiness reduces reaction time, a critical element of safe driving, and also reduces alertness and concentration. The ability to perform attention-based activities, such as driving or riding is impaired and decision making can be badly affected, as information cannot be quickly processed by a person who is tired.

Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch, said:

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11/08/2016

Anti Drink/Drugs Driving Campaign Results

Over 9,000 breath tests carried out and over 190 drug wipes administered during an All Wales Campaign

Led by Dyfed Powys Police the campaign ran from Friday 10th June until Sunday 10th July during which time a total of 9,532 breath tests were administered across Wales with 306 of those being positive, refused or fail to provide. 199 roadside tests for drugs were administered with 131 showing positive for drugs.

The offence of drinking alcohol or taking drugs and driving is one of the "fatal 5"; the five offences that can lead to death or serious injury on our roads. The others being careless driving, excess speed, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving while on a mobile phone.

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03/08/2016

Project 'EDWARD'

With 50 days to go until the first ‘European Day Without a Road Death’ (Project EDWARD), TISPOL has published a video suggesting ways for road users to get involved in the event.

Project EDWARD takes place on 21 September, and TISPOL, the European traffic police network, hopes all of its 30 member countries will participate.

Supported by Road Safety GB and other road safety stakeholders in the UK and across Europe, the event has been created to ‘re-energise the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries on Europe’s roads’.

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01/08/2016

New Bespoke Driver Development Course Launched

RoSPA Fleet Safety has launched a new Driver Development Course that can be tailored to individual organisational and delegate requirements.

Designed to raise awareness of driver behaviour and encourage safe decision making, the bespoke course enables managers to meet their specific business needs and those of their individual drivers.

While the physical skill involved in driving for work is important, factors which affect driver behaviour such as stress and fatigue can put safety at risk. The Driver Development Course will encourage drivers to be honest about their own behaviour, to develop coping strategies for themselves as well as for the behaviour of other road users.

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25/07/2016

Clampdown on Drivers Flouting M4 Variable Speed Limits

Drivers who flout variable speed limits on a stretch of the M4 at Newport will face action as part of a clampdown.

The system, which aims to keep traffic moving between junctions 24 at Coldra and 28 at Tredegar Park, was introduced in 2011.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates said speeding motorists will now face tougher enforcement action.

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22/07/2016

Courtney Drives Off With Prize

An important driving course has given Pontygwaith’s Courtney Baber not only discounted access to essential additional motoring skills – but also a cheque for £250!

Pass Plus Cymru is a bespoke course for young drivers devised by Road Safety Wales to provide additional theory and practical training to inexperienced drivers, such as experience on the motorway and in narrow rural lanes.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council administers Pass Plus Cymru on behalf of nine local authorities using Welsh Government funding, which means young drivers only have to pay £20 for the course, which could costs up to £150.

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14/07/2016

Caravan Checklist for Royal Welsh Show Countdown

Visitors planning to hitch up their caravan and take it to the forthcoming Royal Welsh Show are urged to make sure it’s safe and roadworthy.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers are aware that for many, their caravans are used once a year to attend the event. This can often lead to caravans in desperate need of repair being taken on a road trip with no real consideration of whether it is safe to use.

In the countdown to the show, which opens on Monday, July 18, officers have issued advice on how to make sure a caravan is fit for purpose.

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13/07/2016

Gwent Police Record Nearly 300 Positive Roadside Drug Tests

Officers in Gwent have been out and about using a roadside drug test called a 'DrugWipe' which uses a saliva sample to test for the likes of Cannabis and Cocaine.

The test shows a valid reading within as little as 8 minutes and if positive officers will take the motorist to a police station for a blood test, which will be used in any prosecution.

From their introduction back in May 2015 officers across Gwent have recorded 279 positive 'DrugWipe' tests to date (11th July 2016). So far, 97 drivers have been disqualified for being on drugs with a total disqualification period of 157 years and 2 months, with 109 drivers still waiting on test and court results.

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04/07/2016

Road Safety Boost Outside Village School Welcomed

New automatic 20mph speed limit signs have been installed to warn motorists travelling through Capel Bangor on the A44 that youngsters are heading to or leaving the village primary school.

Penllwyn Primary School is located just off the A44, which has been named the most dangerous road in Wales for the last three years and the fourth most dangerous in the UK.

After years of waiting for road safety measures, new signs have been installed which change from a 40mph limit warning to a 20mph limit at school run times. Parents, staff and children at the school are said to be delighted.

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