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14/06/2019

Cruz Cymru 2019

Tomorrow, Saturday 15 June, brings the much anticipated return of Cruz Cymru at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd. Now in its third year, this popular event is attracting a growing number of car and motorcycle clubs that have the event fixed in their annual calendar.

Hosted by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cruz Cymru runs from 11am-3pm and is FREE to attend; the day includes road safety partners as well as fire and rescue service personnel from all over Wales.

The attending clubs will be showcasing their impressive, pristine vehicles along with trade stands, competitions and a special appearance by Welsh rally driver Osian Pryce.

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12/06/2019

ParkRight Campaign Spreads The Safety Message

A comprehensive campaign to ensure residents of Newport are aware of the local authority taking on Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) is being hailed a success.

A variety of messages, using the #ParkRight tag, have been put up on Newport City Council’s social media channels including the website, Facebook and Twitter.

They all emphasise that motorists need to observe the rules of the Highway Code – and if everyone follows these then the city will be a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.

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07/06/2019

Award for Buckley Speed Watch Volunteers

A group of resident volunteers in Buckley, Flintshire have been recognised for their dedication to road safety and raising awareness of the dangers of speeding in the area through their speed watch work.

Since 2016 the Buckley Community Speed Watch team completed 359 speed watch sessions, put in a total of 2,111 hours between them in all weathers, recorded 5,517 vehicles at the roadside exceeding the speed limit and are responsible for 5,124 letters being sent to registered keepers.

John Morris Community Speed Watch Manager said; “ I would like to thank all the Community Speed Watch volunteers in North Wales and in particular the Buckley team for giving their time to help make our roads in North Wales safer.

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06/06/2019

M4 Newport Next Steps

Following the statement made by the First Minister setting out his decision on the M4 Project, Ken Skates AM – Minister for Economy and Infrastructure has made a statement on the next steps planned:

“The First Minister has indicated that we will act decisively to address the problems of motorway congestion in south east Wales.

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03/06/2019

Avoid Overloading With Free Caravan and Campervan Weight Checks

Residents in Conwy and Denbighshire who own caravans or campervans are urged to take advantage of free weight checks and safety advice, to make sure they stay on the right side of the law.

Officers of Conwy Trading Standards, Denbighshire Trading Standards, and North Wales Police Community Safety section are offering free “Check Your Weight” sessions at the Weighbridge on the A525 between Rhuddlan and St Asaph on the following dates and times.

  • 7 June – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 21 June – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 19 July – 9am – 1pm
  • 2 August – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 16 August – 12 noon – 4pm

People do not need to make an appointment, so can simply pop along between the listed times and dates to find out if their vehicles are within the legal weights. While there, they can chat about the security of their caravan or campervan with an officer of North Wales Police Community Safety Team.

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28/05/2019

Police Response to Road Safety Concerns in Radyr

Since early 2018, residents of Radyr, Cardiff have expressed concern regarding heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on Heol Isaf. In response to local concerns, the Fairwater Neighbourhood Policing Team has launched Operation Blue Labrador to reassure the community and deter anyone from breaking the law.

Heol Isaf is an environmental weight restricted road, meaning that HGVs over 7.5 tonnes are restricted from using this road unless they require access in order to make a delivery. The aims of Operation Blue Labrador are to enforce, educate and empower residents.

Enforcement - To commit an offence in respect of the weight restriction, the vehicle must travel the entire length of Heol Isaf without needing to stop to make a delivery at an address only accessible via Heol Isaf. The police carry out monthly checks and any vehicle found to be breaching weight restrictions is stopped and the driver is issued with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR).

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24/05/2019

Civil Parking Enforcement Preparations in Torfaen

Ahead of a new civil parking and environmental enforcement team coming into action on Monday 1 July in Torfaen, some of the borough’s parking restriction signs and road markings are being refreshed or renewed.

Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said, “In preparation for Monday 1 July when the council will have the power to issue Penalty Change Notices (PCNs) relating to highway parking restrictions, such as prohibition of waiting at any time, or limited waiting, our contractors are busy refreshing old road markings and parking restriction signs.

“We will be employing staff who will have dual enforcement powers. The team will issues fines/PCNs for offences such as littering and parking illegally on double yellow lines. We will have no income targets and enforcement officers will not be on commission. We don’t want to issue tickets.”

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17/05/2019

Pothole Repair Programme for Flintshire

As we head towards better weather, Flintshire County Council has engaged contractors, supplemented by its own workforce, to address the issue of potholes across the highway network. The work commenced last week and will continue for approximately five weeks, during which all roads across the County will be visited and any visible potholes repaired.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said, “The repairs will benefit all users of the network and I am delighted that we have been able to organise and fund this scheme of works to help remove potholes from our roads. Potholes will always form on the network, due to extreme weather conditions and the high volume of traffic across the County, but we continue to demonstrate our commitment to provide a well maintained highway network for the residents and visitors of Flintshire by this work. There will be some inevitable disruption during the period of the contract for which I apologise in advance.”

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17/05/2019

Dyfed-Powys Police Launches Online Survey On The Use Of ANPR Technology

Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to ensuring the deployment of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology across the force area is necessary and proportionate. 

The survey will remain open until Sunday 9 June 2019, and aims to give local communities, as well as those who travel through the region, a chance to voice their views and understanding of how ANPR is used.

The technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level, including tackling travelling criminals, organised crime groups and terrorists.

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09/05/2019

The Welsh Government Announces Road Safety Funding

The Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters, has announced road safety grant funding totalling over £5.8 million across Wales. The road safety funding will be split between capital and revenue spend.

A range of projects, including a route safety treatment and additional road safety measures identified in conjunction with police on the A4080 Llanfairpwll to Aberffraw in Anglesey and 20mph zones in Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea will come from £3,969,743 of capital funding.

Road safety revenue funding has been prioritised for schemes and training promoting active travel. Over 80% of the of £1,858,355 of road safety revenue funding is directed towards such initiatives, with over £650,000 being allocated for National Standards Cycle Training and over £850,000 for a variety of pedestrian safety schemes encouraging walking as an active journey.

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