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29/06/2020

Mandatory MOT Testing to be Reintroduced from 1 August

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced.

  • Mandatory MOT tests for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales to be reintroduced to keep roads safe
  • Drivers encouraged to book a test in advance to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition
  • Vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a 6-month exemption

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order.

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20/05/2020

Police Urge Motorists to ‘Slow Down, Save Lives’

Through its current campaign, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is reminding motorists of the devastating impact speed can have; not only increasing the risk of a collision but the severity of the impact at higher speeds.

This week, Police forces across the country have been sharing messages across social media encouraging the motoring public to slow down and save lives. From Monday 25th May, visible speed enforcement activity will increase.

The NPCC reports, “On average 17 people are killed and 126 are seriously injured every month in the UK, where speed is believed to have been a significant factor.

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29/04/2020

Reducing Work Related Road Risk

Driving for Better Business, the programme to help employers reduce road risk, has created an essential ‘Transport Toolkit’ of free online resources to help businesses and fleets through the coronavirus pandemic.

The resources provide guidance for a range of situations, including fleets working at capacity on essential operations through the crisis, to vehicle maintenance, furloughed staff and the importance of maintaining established policies.

Peter Golding, founder and managing director at FleetCheck, said, “Working in conjunction with Driving for Better Business, we’ve taken the subjects that are being raised most frequently by our customers and produced videos available to everyone that provide pertinent advice in a fast, easy to understand format.

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27/01/2020

Driver Theory Refresher Workshops For Mature Drivers In Powys

Mature drivers in Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to free workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 25 February at 10am - Newtown
  • Wednesday, 26 February at 1:30pm - Machynlleth
  • Monday, 2 March at 10am - Crickhowell
  • Monday, 9 March at 10am - Ystradgynlais
  • Tuesday, 10 March at 10am - Rhayader

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a reminder of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements. It will also cover topics including night-time driving, medicine and alcohol laws and personal safety behind the wheel.

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13/01/2020

Over 200 Drivers Arrested in North Wales During The Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign

North Wales Police has reported that the month-long campaign, which ran from 1st December 2019 to 1st January 2020, resulted in 100 drink driving arrests and 101 drug driving arrests across the region.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Armed Alliance, local policing as well as the Special Constabulary were deployed across North Wales to carry out stop checks and used intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspot areas to detect people driving whilst under the influence.

Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of the Roads Policing Unit for North Wales Police said, “More than 200 drivers had a Christmas and New Year to remember for all the wrong reasons – after being arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving.

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09/01/2020

Young Drivers Targeted in Tywyn, Gwynedd

Young drivers in Tywyn have been targeted by police in an operation to clamp down on anti-social driving.

Officers from the Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the local policing team carried out a dedicated campaign focussing on the Tywyn area due to several complaints from local residents.

In response to the concerns, the local PCSO’s for the area linked in with the Road Safety Unit to arrange the operation to target those driving modified vehicles in an anti-social manner and at excess speed on the High Street in Tywyn.

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24/12/2019

School Streets – A Pilot Scheme for Cardiff

Cardiff Council has announced that to address roads around school gates being dominated by cars, causing a potential danger to children and contributing to harmful pollution levels, a pilot scheme will be introduced around five schools.

Cardiff Council wants to ensure that children can attend school as safely as possible; the School Street scheme will begin on from the 6 January 2020, to help to reduce traffic around school entrances during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

During term time, motor vehicles will not be permitted to drive in the specified streets on weekdays between 8.30am - 9.15am and 2.45pm - 3.45pm​.​ Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the School Street and any unauthorised vehicles entering during restricted times will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

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18/12/2019

Warning To Road Users Who Ignore Bridge Signs

Road users are being advised by Pembrokeshire County Council that they could face prosecution if they ignore signs warning that the Cleddau Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles in bad weather.

Because of the strong winds over the past few days, the bridge has been closed intermittently to high-sided vehicles.

But it hasn’t deterred some road users who have continued to cross the 820-metre bridge despite the possibility of their high-sided vehicle being blown over.

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28/11/2019

#SurroundTheTown - Cwmbran

Following the success of the Newport enforcement day, 'Surround The Town' returns today in Cwmbran. Gwent Police will again be working with GoSafe, Torfaen County Borough Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to address poor driving and local crime priorities and to highlight local services.

'Surround the Town' will involve multiple teams across the town to help ensure that those living in, working or visiting Cwmbran can do so in a safe environment. The operation will target motoring offences and raise awareness of collision risk factors. Parking enforcement, tackling anti-social behaviour, drug offences and organised crime groups will also be a part of the enforcement initiative.

The key road safety activities are:

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25/11/2019

Gwynedd Council Introduces Electric Vehicles To Its Fleet

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Gwynedd Council has launched its intention to introduce electric vehicles to its fleet over the coming years.

The council has underlined its commitment to adding more green vehicles and to reduce the use of petrol and diesel vehicles from its fleet in the years ahead.

Over the past decade, the council has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 40%, and this latest commitment to introducing electric vehicles to the authority’s fleet is the latest in Gwynedd’s efforts to improve on this figure.

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