News

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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20/10/2017

Brighten Up! Be Safe, Be Seen

Police are urging road users to be safe as the darker mornings and evenings approach.

Sunday 29 October marks the end of British Summer Time and North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about.

With the clocks going back by one hour, the changes mean the days become shorter and it becomes darker much earlier and children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.

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17/10/2017

Operation Targets Illegal Bikers in Newport

Gwent Police officers have spent two consecutive nights targeting the criminal use of mopeds, motorbikes and other electric bikes across the City.

The operation, which ran throughout Thursday and Friday evening (12 and 13 October), saw officers within different teams and units come together to tackle the issue.

During the action officers conducted patrols in unmarked vehicles in a bid to catch offenders in the act of riding anti-socially and committing crime. In total ten mopeds and motorbikes were seized along with three high value mountain bikes and electric bikes.

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10/10/2017

Police and Paramedics Joint Working Initiative

This short film, explaining the joint working between the Police and Paramedics in mid-Wales, was recently presented at the TISPOL Conference in Manchester.

The joint working initiative, led by Sgt Owen Dillon of Dyfed Powys Police and Carl Powell of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST), pairs a police officer with a paramedic.  When called to a road traffic collision the paramedic is able to advise the Ambulance Service about the number of ambulances required, deliver immediate treatment to casualties and frees up the police officer to safely manage the scene.

Filmed over the May Bank Holiday weekend, it gives a flavour of a day during Op Darwen, which looks to engage and educate motorcyclists, enforcing where necessary.

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12/09/2017

Motorcycle Security Reminder

North Wales Police are reminding motorcyclists to take security measures to reduce the risk of their vehicle being stolen.

There are a number of ways that you can help to make the theft of your vehilce more difficult, or recovery of it easier.

  • Have an approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted.
  • If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks.
  • Secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
  • Always put a steering lock on.
  • When not in use, put it in a garage or secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor. Fit a good lock and an alarm system to your garage or outbuilding.
  • Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered, even when you are at home. Some motorbikes and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorbike spotted by a thief could be stolen later.
  • Mark your motorbike with its vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Think about where you park your bike; use a parking space built specifically for motorbikes or scooters. They will have stands or security loops.

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23/05/2017

Ride to Work Week

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is encouraging local authorities to use Ride to Work Week 2017 as an opportunity to positively engage with riders.

Taking place between 19-25 June, the annual event aims to encourage a shift towards powered two wheel (PTW) commuting.

Using the tagline #commutehappy, 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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19/05/2017

TT Visitors Warned

The 2017 Isle of Man TT campaign features a series of ‘hard-hitting’ images and messages to encourage bikers to slow down, respect the roads and ride within their capabilities.

The annual campaign reminds visitors that while the TT takes centre stage for two weeks (27 May-9 June), everyday life continues on the Island, with people commuting to work and commercial vehicles out on the roads.

Efforts to promote the campaign begin before visitors set foot on the Isle of Man, with leaflets distributed to people travelling by ferry, and road safety officers on board during busy sailings to speak to bikers.

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24/04/2017

Tougher Punishments for Speeding Offences

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.  The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).

The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.  It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.

Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.

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11/04/2017

ACT Before Travelling this Easter

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey.

Half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.

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