Consultation on Proposals to Address Lorry Driver Shortages

On 20 July, the UK government announced a package of measures to help address the current shortage of lorry drivers. This included a consultation on proposed changes to the current requirements to obtain a vocational driving licence, for category C and D tests and all derivatives.

What is being consulted on

The measures being consulted on are proposed changes to the current requirements to obtain a vocational driving licence, including:

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Biker Down! Cymru Online

Are you a resident or road user in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys?

Would you like to learn what to do if you are first on scene at a motorcycle collision?

A new online version of the popular Biker Down! Cymru course has recently been launched. The course is delivered by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and is available free of charge to residents and road users of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys thanks to Welsh Government funding.

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Work to Start on Cowbridge Road Active Travel Improvements

Work is due to begin on active travel improvements between Waterton Roundabout and the railway bridge on Cowbridge Road in Bridgend.

As part of the £715,000 scheme, the footway will be widened and a toucan crossing will be installed at the York Road junction on Cowbridge Road. There will also be carriageway resurfacing undertaken at the junction.

Work is due to start today (Monday 9 August) for up to 17 weeks.

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Subways in Torfaen Receive Makeover

Staff and volunteers with Torfaen Play Service are bringing a splash of colour to underground walkways this summer.

The team recently brightened up a subway in Greenmeadow making it more attractive for the public to use.

Torfaen Play plans to make-over 6 similar subways across Torfaen by the end of the summer.

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Views on Walking and Cycling Routes Needed

People living in Neath Port Talbot are being asked for their views on both existing and planned walking and cycling (Active Travel) routes in the county borough during a 12-week consultation period.

The consultation follows an earlier walking and cycling consultation which took place from November 27th, 2020 to January 15th this year with a total of 2,642 contributions received and 1,040 people responding.

The council has carefully considered all the comments and combined this public opinion together with other relevant information to produce a draft Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) for each of the designated settlements in the area.

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Urging Motorists to Respect the Rules and Keep Gwynedd's Communities Safe

Gwynedd Council and North Wales Police are once again working together to tackle problems associated with illegal and irresponsible parking.

With an unprecedented number of people choosing to visit Gwynedd, irresponsible parking in some of the county's major destinations is a cause for concern.

Officers have been specifically targeting parking these areas to help keep the area safe for all road users.

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New Highway Code to Make Active Travel Safer and Easier

New changes to the Highway Code, including putting pedestrians at the top of a new “road user hierarchy”, have been announced by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

The proposed changes, which are due to receive parliamentary approval in the autumn, will also give pedestrians priority at zebra crossings and junctions as well as raising further awareness about the dangers of speeding.

The DfT has announced that in order to build on the active travel boom seen throughout the pandemic and to enhance safety for cyclists and pedestrians, the new version of the Highway will include updates on:

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Stand Up For Slowing Down

Inappropriate speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of those collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% resulting in fatalities.

On the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign began across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

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Suspected Drink Driver Tracked for Two Miles by Police Dog

A suspected drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.

Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision on the B4343 between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, 25 July.

Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.

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See it, Snap it, Send it!

Members of the public can now submit evidence of anti-social driving, owing to the work of Gwent Police and the safety camera partnership, GoSafe.

Through the existing scheme, Operation SNAP, road users have been able to submit evidence of dangerous driving recorded on dashcams. Now, members of the public will also be able to send footage of anti-social road use directly to the police.

Footage can be submitted from many different sources including mobile phones, CCTV and other recording devices.

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