News

07/12/2018

Vale Student Wins Pass Plus Cymru Quarterly Prize Draw

Chloe Cotter, from Penarth, was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales, as the winner of the latest Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Chloe will receive £250, after she completed and returned an evaluation questionnaire on Pass Plus Cymru.

Pass Plus Cymru is an enhanced version of the standard Pass Plus course and is supported by the Driving Standards Agency.

It is a short expert-led higher driving course designed to develop techniques, increase awareness and widen experience. It is available to young people aged 17-25 in Wales for just £20 as the remaining cost is covered by the Welsh Government through grant funding to the local authorities.

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05/12/2018

Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund

Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced that active travel links, electric car charging facilities and road improvement projects across Wales are all set to benefit from a share of £78m of funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund.

The funding, which has been given the green light by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford, will be broken down into £26million instalments over the three financial years from 2018/19 onwards. All 22 local authorities in Wales who made bids for funding to the Welsh Government, with a total of 82 applications totalling £34million, will receive an allocation from the additional in-year funding.

More than 60 projects will either be partially or fully funded during the remainder of 2018/19, with these schemes also providing an additional £7.2million in match funding.

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03/12/2018

Keeping Your Motorcycle Secure

North Wales Police is urging motorcyclists to ensure their vehicles are safe and secure following a recent spate of thefts. Sgt Dafydd Curry said, “We are advising everyone who owns a motorcycle to ensure their vehicles are secure and not easily accessible or visible, following the increase in thefts from the north Gwynedd area.”

The following security tips for owners of motorcycles or scooters has been issued:

  • Always put a steering lock on
  • If your motorcycle or scooter doesn’t already have one, 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
  • The most important thing to remember is to secure your motorcycle to a solid object that can’t be moved
  • When not in use, put your motorcycle or scooter in a garage or a secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor to secure it to inside the building. If you can, 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 up, even when you are at home. Some motorcycles and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorcycle spotted by a thief today could be stolen tomorrow

Safer Parking Advice

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30/11/2018

Campaign Against Drink And Drug Driving

“Someday you will realise the damage that you have caused but by then it’s too late. Everybody has a choice” – that is the message being driven by Police across Wales as they launch their annual Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

Led by North Wales Police the month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Saturday, 1st December and officers across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.

The campaign features officers from the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit giving their own accounts of dealing with the aftermath of a collision involving an impaired driver.

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26/11/2018

Operation Utah

Gwent Police recently joined forces with a wide range of partner agencies in Caerphilly for the latest staging of Operation Utah, an intervention which focusses on criminals using the roads and on defective vehicles.

During the operation, which is aided by the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, 56 vehicles were ushered into the Gallagher Retail Park by police officers and were checked for a variety of issues by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Representatives from Caerphilly Council Taxi Licensing and Scrap Metal Licensing also assisted with the operation, checking for tachograph offences and inadequate record keeping.

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22/11/2018

Home Safely On Safe Tyres

TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, has launched a new awareness campaign aimed at all those parent chauffeurs taking their children to swimming, music lessons, drama, dance, football, karate and the innumerable other activities they enjoy. By the time their child is 20, they are likely to have spent over 3,000 hours driving them around - that’s 125 days non-stop motoring.

Parents can clock up over 30 miles a week driving their children to different clubs and hobbies or 1,500 miles a year, almost the same as driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back. And it’s not just them clocking up the miles, it’s their tyres too.

While it’s the driver’s responsibility to check them and keep them in good condition, worryingly a recent TyreSafe survey revealed that more than one in four parents may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres.

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21/11/2018

Engaging With Communities

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Road Safety Team is out and about in local communities undertaking a busy programme of activities to promote Road Safety Week 2018.

During the week road users are being encouraged to be to be ‘Bike Smart’, helping to increase safety for cyclists and motorcyclists.

The week started at the Asda store in Aberdare, where the Road Safety Team were joined by staff from GoSafe - The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership and the Council’s Parking Enforcement team to deliver important road safety messages and to answer questions from the public.

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16/11/2018

Preparing For Winter Driving

With colder days ahead, Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit has issued the following tips to help drivers prepare their vehicles for winter driving.

  • Have your vehicle serviced and check the anti-freeze
  • Check your lights, brakes and the battery are in good working order
  • Check the condition of your tyres; including the tread and pressures
  • Make sure your windscreen and windows are clear and regularly top-up your screen washer levels
  • Make sure your wipers are in good working order
  • Make sure you carry a spade, torch and a mobile phone. Keep a bottle of water and high-energy food in case of a breakdown. Carry extra clothing, including warm coat, gloves and hat
  • Drive slowly, with smooth, gentle application of accelerator, steering and, particularly, brakes
  • Beware of black ice. If the vehicle starts to skid, gently lift off the accelerator and steer in the direction of the skid

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “In order to minimise collision risk, drivers need to adapt their driving to the different conditions.  Our tips will help drivers cope better with the various seasonal weather hazards.

“Short-term weather forecasts are now very accurate so listen to local and national weather broadcasts.  Tell someone your destination, what time you expect to arrive and avoid making your journey unless it is absolutely necessary.

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15/11/2018

Vehicle Checks On Anglesey

Anglesey Trading Standards recently joined forces with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and North Wales Police as part of an initiative to tackle road safety.

A total of 45 vehicles were stopped on the Gaerwen Industrial Estate and multiple checks carried out by the agencies in attendance. Checks were carried out on the roadworthiness of the vehicles and their MOT status, vehicle tax, driving licences and insurance in addition to verifying trade association membership, checking paperwork and providing guidance packs to 19 traders on legal requirements.

A number of infringements were identified on the day by the various agencies. These resulted in one immediate prohibition, one delayed prohibition on a vehicle with multiple defects, along with fines for expired MOTs, no driver CPC and excessive window tint.

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13/11/2018

Helping L Drivers Evaluation

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is currently conducting research to evaluate the use of the Helping Learner Drivers website, www.helpingldrivers.com to identify any ways in which it can be improved.

The website provides advice to novice drivers, motorcycle riders and their families on learning to drive or ride. The information covers the whole process, from private practice and professional driving lessons until after the practical test.

Young drivers and their families are being asked to take a look at the website and complete the evaluation survey which can be found here.

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