Syrian Refugees Receive Road Safety Training

Syrian refugees living in Newtown taking part in cycle training organised by Powys County Council and Dyfed Powys Police.

A group of Syrian refugees have received cycle training thanks to two public sector organisations.

Powys County Council and Dyfed Powys Police provided cycle training to 18 Syrian refugees living in Newtown at the end of October.

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New THINK! Teacher Resources

THINK! has today launched a new child road safety campaign and accompanying resources, with the first phase focussing on pupils aged three to six years.

The campaign features a suite of new education resources including ‘easy to follow’ lesson plans, two new films co-created with school children, and a song. The new resources are designed to make teaching road safety in schools easier and more accessible.

The first documentary-style film follows a group of pupils as they show how to cross the road safely after first learning to use the ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ code.

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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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Welsh Transport Network Ready for Winter

Plans are in place to help keep Wales moving during the winter months, with over 216 thousand tonnes of salt and thirteen new frontline salt spreaders ready and waiting. 

The winter of 2009/10 saw stocks at some local authorities reach crisis point, and Economy Secretary Ken Skates is keen to ensure Wales is fully prepared over the coming months, whatever the weather.

Mr Skates said:

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Tax It or Lose It

Drivers are being warned their cars will be taken away if they are not taxed, as part of DVLA’s national advertising campaign.

The advert’s message to tax dodgers is clear – ‘even if you think you’re invisible to DVLA, you’re not - tax your car or risk losing it.’

Oliver Morley, DVLA Chief Executive, said:

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Pass Plus Cymru Prize Draw Winner

Carys Wilkinson is the latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru prize draw.  Carys, who attended the course in May 2017, was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales from drivers across Wales who had completed and returned evaluation questionnaires. 

On Thursday 26th October, Carys was presented with her cheque by the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Dennis Keogh.  This day was a double celebration for Carys who was also celebrating her 19th Birthday. Carys enjoyed a morning at the Mayor's Parlour accompanied by her father and grandmother.

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Road Safety Week in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf's Road Safety Team is looking forward to Road Safety Week, at the end of November, with a programme of events for road users of all ages.

Tuesday 21 November: Working with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, GoSafe and Treorchy Primary School’s Junior Road Safety Officers, the team will be providing road safety information at an event at ASDA, Tonypandy.  As part of the event a South Wales Fire and Rescue Service will be on site with a fire appliance and GoSafe will be present with a safety camera van, to interact with as many people as possible from the community to answer any questions and to offer road safety advice.

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November:  Year 2 pupils from all over Rhondda Cynon Taf will be participating in Kerbcraft, learning the essential skills needed to be safer child pedestrians.  Focussing on everything from the basics of the Green Cross Code to crossing at difficult locations such as between parked cars and at junctions.

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