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30/09/2021

50mph Schemes Successful in Driving Down Air Pollution

From 4 October, motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limits on some of the most polluted roads in Wales could receive a letter or fine through their doors, the Welsh Government has warned.

The decision to introduce environmental speed limits to improve air quality levels in five locations across Wales in 2018 was the first of its kind in the UK, demonstrating the Welsh Government’s commitment of putting the environment at the heart of everything it does.

The schemes have already been successful in significantly lowering the levels of nitrogen dioxide in affected areas by up to 47%, helping to protect people from serious illness as well as playing a part in tackling the climate emergency.

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27/09/2021

Stand Up For Slowing Down as the 20mph Campaign Kicks Off

Today sees the start of the Wales-wide 20mph Campaign outside Primary Schools coordinated by GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership. The 20mph speed limit outside the majority of Primary Schools in Wales is there to keep children and parents safe as they walk to and from school.

Walking to school is a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to driving to school, and is an increasingly popular method of travel for parents and their children on their daily journeys to and from school.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “Our 20mph Campaign outside Primary Schools across Wales has one key aim; to encourage compliance with the speed limit to keep children and parents safe as they walk to and from school.

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13/09/2021

UK Government Takes Further Action to Tackle HGV Driver Shortage

Up to 50,000 more HGV driving tests will be made available each year in response to government action to streamline the testing process and tackle the worldwide lorry driver shortage.

HGV driving tests will be overhauled, meaning drivers will only need to take 1 test to drive both a rigid and articulated lorry, rather than having to take 2 separate tests (spaced 3 weeks apart). This will make around 20,000 more HGV driving tests available every year.

Tests will also be made shorter by removing the ‘reversing exercise’ element – and for vehicles with trailers, the ‘uncoupling and recoupling’ exercise – and having it tested separately by a third party. This part of the test is carried out off the road on a manoeuvring area and takes a significant amount of time.

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06/09/2021

Forty Vehicles Stopped in Operation to Crackdown on Motoring Offences

Gwent Police Officers checked 40 vehicles and made four arrests as part of the latest operation to crackdown on motoring offences.

Operation Utah – a multi-agency day of action – is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The road safety operation took place at the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site at Newport’s Coldra roundabout.

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16/08/2021

New 20mph Speed Limit to be Introduced in Llanelli

A new 20mph speed limit is being introduced in a large area of Llanelli as part of a Welsh Government rollout to reduce the national default speed limit.

Llanelli North, which covers Dafen, some parts of Felinfoel and the Llanerch area, has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.

Evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries, and in particular, where 20mph limits are introduced, there is a reduction in the number of casualties.

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11/08/2021

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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03/08/2021

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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22/07/2021

Wishing You Could Have Stayed in Bed a Bit Longer Today?

After some miserable weather to start the year, the sunshine and warmer days have been welcomed by most people!

However, for those spending most of the day at home or those who don’t have the luxury of air conditioning in their workplace, the heat can be exhausting. Coupled with higher temperatures at night making it difficult to sleep for the past few days, some people may be unaware of the risks of driving while tried. 

A driver or rider who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve so unfortunately collisions tend to involve high speed impacts, often resulting in death or serious injury.

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21/07/2021

Several Drink and Drug Drive Arrests Over the Weekend

A woman who was over three times the drink drive limit and who will appear before court next month was among several drink and drug drive arrests made by the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit over the weekend.

The 39-year-old from Manchester was stopped on the A55 at St Asaph shortly after 6pm on Friday evening after an emergency call had been made to the Control Room telling officers she had been seen drinking in a bar nearby.

An officer stopped her on the eastbound carriageway where she was breathalysed. She failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to police custody where she provided a further reading of 124mg – the legal limit is 35mg per 100 ml of breath.

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20/07/2021

Operation SNAP Submitters Portal Goes Live

GoSafe has launched a brand new Operation SNAP Submitters Portal.

The webpage will allow members of the public who submit footage via Operation SNAP to access updates on the outcome of their submissions, as well as be informed on the retention requirements of the original footage they submitted.

Since 2017, members of the public have been submitting footage of dangerous and careless driving they have witnessed on the roads of Wales to the Police via Operation SNAP.

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