Have You Got a Black Belt in Self-Defence?

Do you always wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle? You are twice as likely to die if you’re involved in a collision and you aren’t wearing your belt.

Not belting up can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. You must wear a seatbelt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using - there are only a few exceptions. Also be aware that you are only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seatbelt.


The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

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Work to Improve Entrance to Village Farm Industrial Estate

Road improvement works will soon be starting at the Heol Mostyn junction of the A48 in Pyle to provide improved access to Village Farm Industrial Estate.

The work, which is being carried out before the summer opening of the estate’s all-new community recycling centre, will introduce a dedicated lane for turning into and out of the estate, new traffic lights and fresh resurfacing of the carriageway.

Bridgend County Borough Council has awarded the contract for the works to Calibre and work is due to start in mid-June.

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition 2021

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

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Drivers Reminded of Rhyl Traffic Order

Denbighshire County Council is urging drivers not to ignore an existing traffic order in place in Rhyl town centre.

Concerns have been raised over an increase in the number of vehicles using a route from the top of the High Street, into Sussex Street to join with Queens Street.

A traffic order covers this route, restricting access between 10am and 5pm for all vehicles.

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Operation Options - Changing Attitudes for Safer Journeys

During Global Road Safety Week, Gwent Police is running Operation Options sessions with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt when driving.

The sessions allow engagement with drivers and passengers who break the law by not wearing their seatbelt.

Offending road users are offered the option of either accepting a fine for the offence, or attending an educational input, delivered by the fire service, which lasts approximately 15 minutes.

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Walking and Cycling - Your First Choice for Local Journeys

The Commonplace website is where you can find out about the active travel consultations underway across Wales.

Local Authorities are using the online consultation platform as they shape plans to improve towns and villages with the aim of making them better places to live, work and visit. By upgrading and creating new walking and cycling routes active travel can increasingly become the normal way to get around for local journeys. This cuts down unnecessary traffic and helps families get about safely, improves air quality and increases the attractiveness of places where we spend time for our daily journeys.

Everyone can have their say – if you are already someone who regularly gets about on foot or by bike, you’ll know where things are good but also where improvements are needed, but the project especially needs to hear from people who are yet to discover the joys of active travel. What changes and improvements might help you swap to walking or cycling, when using the car isn't really necessary? Maybe you know where a new cycle route is needed, or perhaps it’s a lack of safe crossing points, no dropped kerbs, or cars parked on the pavement that are the problem.

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New Pedestrian Crossing to Improve Safe Routes to School

Construction of a new pedestrian crossing at Brecon Road in Hirwaun will start today, as part of the Council’s safe routes in communities work in areas which have benefitted from 21st Century Schools investment. 

The new safe crossing point for the community will be located near Brecon Road’s junction with Cross Street, in order to create a safer environment for pedestrians who wish to cross the main road. The work will also include new streetlights, kerbs and paving to deliver further improvements at this location.

The pedestrian crossing is being funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to complement the new £10.2m, 21st Century Schools facilities for the nearby Hirwaun Primary School – which was a recent joint investment alongside the Welsh Government.

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Environment at the Heart of Decision Making in Wales

Climate change, new green jobs and recovery from the pandemic will be at the heart of the new Welsh Labour Government, as First Minister Mark Drakeford reveals his new Cabinet team.

The new climate change ministry will bring together the environment, energy housing, planning and transport portfolios, led by Julie James with Lee Waters as Deputy Minister.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said, “The environment will be at the heart of our decision-making. The climate change emergency has not gone away while we have been dealing with the pandemic.

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Council Confirms Decision to Remove Traffic Lights

Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed that the traffic lights on Bridge Street in Usk will be removed today, Monday 10th May, allowing for the return to two-way traffic. The decision has come following a review of the traffic management system and feedback from businesses and residents.

As Wales now enters Alert Level 3 of its COVID plan, with schools and the majority of businesses having reopened, the short-term interventions introduced by the council in 2020 have been re-evaluated. When the measures were introduced last year, the COVID-19 case rates across the county were significantly higher and the vaccine roll out had not taken place. Now, with more vehicles on the roads through Usk once again, the council has taken a view that benefits of the temporary traffic measures are being negated by the issues experienced recently by motorists and businesses.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of schools and businesses have resulted in increased traffic volumes in Usk and we have been aware of longer queue times and queue lengths along Bridge Street recently. We are concerned that with the increased traffic levels, the temporary lights are no longer operating effectively and have concluded that now is the right time to remove them. Although pollution levels remain well below trigger levels, we are also concerned that increased queue lengths could result in a potential impact on air quality, which we want to avoid.

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New Speed Limits Set on Western Avenue (A48)

New speed limits are in place on Western Avenue (A48) to improve road safety and air quality on one of Cardiff's busiest roads.

A 30 mph limit - previously set at 40 mph - is now in place on Western Avenue in both directions between Ely Roundabout and Gabalfa Interchange.

Speed limits on the remaining stretch of Western Avenue have also been modified, with the following changes in place:

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