Welsh Government Supports a Default 20mph Limit for Residential Areas

During yesterday's First Minister's Questions, Mr Drakeford announced that speed limits of 20mph could be introduced in all residential areas in Wales.

Explaining the Welsh Government’s position, he continued, "Local authorities have to have discretion to retain 30mph zones on key arterial routes, but outside that, and in residential areas, we know that 20mph zones reduce speed of traffic, reduce accidents - particularly accidents to children, and we want to see that become the default position right across Wales."

Working with the WLGA, the body which represents local authorities in Wales, Deputy Transport Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters will explore what needs to happen to make 20mph a default limit across Wales.

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Road Maintenance Works Underway

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being urged to drive carefully as essential road maintenance works are carried out across the county.

Surface dressing works are carried out annually by the council to make the roads safer and better to use. It involves applying a coating of hot bitumen onto the road surface followed by layers of hard stone chippings. A mechanical sweeper then removes the excess chippings after a day or so.

The equivalent length of about 54 miles of a standard single carriageway is being treated.

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Bank Holiday Advice for Motorcyclists

In the latest blog, Wales By Bike is reminding motorcyclists to stay alert on long bank holiday weekend rides, as avoiding fatigue and managing alertness is key to arriving at your destination safely. Even a momentary loss of concentration can have devastating effects when riding a motorcycle.

This time of year often means time off work, travelling, and generally riding for longer periods. However, your safety doesn’t need to suffer; riding fatigue can be easily avoided through simple precautions and by listening to your body.

With fatigue estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions, these types of crashes unfortunately tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a rider or driver who has fallen asleep cannot take avoiding action.

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Logan Wins After Completing Pass Plus Cymru

The latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw was Logan Davies, from Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent.

Logan was delighted to have won £250 and was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales after completing and returning his evaluation questionnaire about the Pass Plus Cymru course.

Logan attended the workshop element of Pass Plus Cymru at Tredegar Fire Station at the end of summer 2018 and completed the driving element of the course shortly after. The workshop is led by Road Safety Officers from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council with the driving element supported by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

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Crucial Crew Torfaen

Around 1000 pupils from schools across Torfaen recently visited the TA Centre in Cwmbran to take part in this year’s health, safety and responsibility extravaganza - Crucial Crew.

Across the eight days of the event a total of 12 agencies delivered information sessions to Year 6 pupils from across the borough. The road safety session focussed on the importance of wearing a seatbelt on every journey.

Twenty six schools attended the event and of all the 916 pupils surveyed, a surprisingly high proportion (502) reported they did not always wear their seatbelt, that’s 55%.

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'Options' in the Rhondda

Joint partnership working between Rhondda Cynon Taf’s road safety unit, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Police, enables the pro-active delivery of “Options” operations in the Rhondda.

Drivers and passengers, who are seen not wearing a seatbelt in their vehicles are stopped by the Police and given the option of immediately attending an educational session with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety unit, or accepting a fixed penalty notice.

Those drivers stopped for using a mobile phone behind the wheel are dealt with via a £200 fine and 6 penalty points on their licence. Whilst stopped, many vehicles are checked for roadworthiness and insurance and where appropriate vehicles are seized.  

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Police Support Council Taking on Parking Enforcement

Motorists who park vehicles illegally will face prosecution by Newport City Council from 1 July 2019, following the introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE).

In recent months traffic orders have been checked and where necessary parking enforcement signs and single and double yellow lines have been updated or replaced in readiness for the change.

The council has also been recruiting for a team of 12 Civil Enforcement Officers who will be patrolling the streets across the city from 1 July to ensure drivers are not breaking the rules. If a vehicle is found to be parked unlawfully the officers will have the power to issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

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DVSA's Tips for Motorcyclists - Getting Back on the Road

In the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) latest blog, Chris Parr an assistant chief driving examiner in their driver and rider policy team, reminds motorcyclists about the need to ensure their bike, kit and skills are still up to scratch. Below, Chris shares some simple safety checks for bikers to undertake before getting back on the road:

How are those tyres looking?

Even if a bike hasn’t been sat in the garage for the past few months, it’s always a good idea to give it a check over before taking it out.

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Young Highway Code Experts in Rhondda Cynon Taf

There were smiles all around as young people from across Rhondda Cynon Taf proved themselves to be experts in the Highway Code, by excelling during the Council’s annual road safety quiz.

Each year the Council’s Road Safety Team hosts the event with primary schools from across the County Borough – who take part in a fun, friendly and informative event that ensures our young people know how to stay safe as road users. The event is held in conjunction with the Council’s partners from South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

In total, 30 primary schools took part in the quiz’s preliminary round – and the six top-scoring schools were invited to the final of the competition, held in the Mayor’s Chamber at the Municipal Buildings, Pontypridd, on Friday, April 5.

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Plan to Replace A55 Roundabouts Takes Important Step Forward

Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates has announced the preferred options to replace the only 2 roundabouts on the A55 with upgraded junctions.

Having taken full account of the technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of the scheme and listened carefully to the consultation responses, Option D has been selected as the preferred route to replace the roundabout at Junction 15 Llanfairfechan and Option A for Junction 16 Penmaenmawr and Dwygyfylchi.

Option D would provide movement on and off the A55 in 4 directions, 2 eastbound and 2 westbound, at junction 15 by utilising an overbridge with a T-junction to the north of the A55 and a priority junction to the south of the existing roundabout. The slip roads on the north would be raised locally to allow the bridge to pass over the A55.

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