News

28/08/2018

Biker Engagement with North Wales Police

It’s an uncomfortable reality that bikers are over-represented in road casualty figures for the North Wales region and Wales as a whole.

John Urry from Motor Cycle News (MCN) recently spent the day out on the road with North Wales Police to see what approach is being taken and just how welcome bikers are in the region.

Following a briefing to outline the objectives of Operation Darwen and a discussion around collision hot spots, the team headed out for a day of biker engagement and enforcement.

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24/08/2018

Stay Alive, Get To Know The Fatal 5

Road Safety Wales is reminding road users of the Fatal 5, the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. Most people abide by the rules of the road but unfortunately a small minority choose to put themselves, their families and innocent road users at risk.

The bilingual Fatal 5 leaflet produced by Road Safety Wales covers the following:

Don’t Drink/Drug Drive - Don’t risk being one of the 100,000 drink or drug drivers caught each year, or you could face a minimum 12 month ban, a large fine, a criminal record or even imprisonment. Prescribed medication can still affect your ability to drive and therefore make you liable for prosecution so please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

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06/08/2018

Wales by Bike Highlights Motorcycling in Powys

Geoff from Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit has been talking to Wales by Bike, the website for bikers written by bikers. 

Highlighting some of the opportunities for residents in the Powys area, Geoff said:

“In conjunction with Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service we run Biker Down! Cymru workshops throughout the county, a free three-hour course covering:

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02/07/2018

Don't Chance It, Change It

Don’t Chance It, Change It focuses on the message that it’s safer to change your motorcycle tyre than repair it, a sentiment supported by John McGuinness, Isle of Man TT legend. “There’s absolutely no chance that I would repair a tyre. To be honest, it wouldn’t even enter my head. I didn’t even know that you can repair a bike tyre,” he said in a video made especially for TyreSafe’s campaign.

TyreSafe’s latest video features an interview with John McGuinness who talks honestly and openly about his view of tyre safety for motorbikes. The campaign message Don’t chance it, change it focuses on the concerns around motorcyclists assuming that bike tyres are like car tyres and can be repaired without a second thought.

To support the campaign, TyreSafe has produced a new quick guide to motorcycle tyre safety as well as a refreshing its comprehensive A5 reference guide.

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13/06/2018

Ride to Work Week

Riders and employers are being encouraged to join the motorcycle industry in promoting the benefits of commuting on two wheels, as part of an annual week-long initiative.

Organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Ride to Work Week 2018 takes place between 18-24 June, with 18 June named as Ride to Work Day.

Using the tagline #commutehappy, Ride to Work Week aims to encourage a shift towards powered two wheel (PTW) commuting. The campaign highlights the benefits of riding a PTW to work which include saving time and money, easier parking and improving road skills.

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04/04/2018

Motorcycle Safety Highlighted at Launch Event

Motorcycle safety is the focus of an event at CMC Motorcycles located on Estuary Road in Newport today (4 April).

Op Darwen is an all-Wales operation aimed at reducing the number of road traffic collisions involving motorcycles.  From now until October, officers from Gwent Police Area Support Teams will be carrying out high visibility motorcycle patrols targeting those who ride in an anti-social manner which can cause serious, if not fatal, collisions.

Officers are at CMC Motorcycles in Newport until 4pm offering advice and also giving out more information about BikeSafe.

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15/02/2018

Tell DVLA Online

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.

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29/01/2018

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

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.

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20/12/2017

Operation Snap Launches Wales-Wide

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.

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17/11/2017

MOT Reminder Service

A test version of a new government service has launched to remind drivers by text message and email when their MOT is due.  The GOV.UK service, developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), makes it easy to get a reminder every year when your vehicle’s MOT is due.

When you sign up, you’ll get a reminder:

  • 4 weeks before your MOT is due
  • 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven’t had it tested

You’ll also get alerts that your vehicle no longer has an MOT.

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