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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Latest Crackdown on Driving Offences in Newport

More than 40 drivers were reported for motoring offences as part of the latest phase of Operation Utah.

The multi-agency operation 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 on Friday, 9 April, at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site in Newport.

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Week-long Road Safety Operation Uncovers Several Offences

Overloaded vehicles, defective tyres, excess driver’s hours and drug driving were just some of the offences uncovered during a week-long road safety operation held recently in North Wales.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) took part in Operation Blue Yawl where over 100 vehicles, mainly commercial vehicles, were taken into the three sites to be checked.

Throughout the week officers uncovered a number of offences including:

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New 20mph Speed Limits to be Introduced in Newport

Newport City Council will begin introducing new 20mph speed limits across a number of residential streets.

The new speed limits will be introduced into streets across the following six wards:

  • Allt-yr-Yn
  • Bettws
  • Lliswerry
  • Malpas
  • Ringland
  • Victoria

It is hoped that, as well as increasing safety, the new speed limits will encourage more people to feel confident choosing sustainable travel options such as walking and cycling, which the council is also promoting through its active travel schemes.

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New Electric Vehicle Charge Points Installed Across Gwent

Sixty two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units have been installed at thirty four sites across Gwent.

The project has been delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities: Caerphilly County Borough Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Newport City Council and Monmouthshire County Council.

A grant of £465,000 was provided for the project from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), with match funding provided by each local authority. The installation was undertaken by Welsh company Silverstone Green Energy, who will also manage and maintain the charge points until 2025.

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Changes To The Speed Limit On The M4

The permanent 50mph limit with average speed enforcement between junctions 24 and 28 on the M4 will be live by Monday, 15th March.

The measure forms part of the Welsh Government’s approach to tackling congestion in the area as recommended by Lord Burns’ report published following the work carried out by the South East Wales Traffic Commission.

Over the next couple of weeks work will be undertaken to finalise the installation of the cameras and road signs.

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Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service: Winter Driving

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is calling on all residents to take extra care when driving this winter, with 138 Road Traffic Collisions having already been recorded across the Service area.

Road Safety Manager, Station Manager Spencer Lewis, said, “With the numbers of RTC recorded this winter so far, it's imperative that we take more care on the roads to help reduce this number. Driving during poor wintry conditions requires a different approach and by making some simple changes to driving habits, drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in a collision. 

He added, “At this time of year, driving conditions can be treacherous. I urge motorists to be prepared to drive with care and adjust their driving to suit the conditions.”

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10-year Tyre Ban Now in Force

From today (1 February), tyres aged over 10 years are banned on the front steered axles of lorries, buses and coaches along with all single wheels of minibuses (9-16 passengers seats).

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is enforcing the new legislation at roadside checks along with vehicle annual tests.

Updated sanctions policy

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Christmas Anti-drink And Drug Driving Campaign Launches

Police forces from across Wales will once again be carrying out the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign throughout December to target those who put the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

During last year’s campaign 10% of all vehicles stopped had a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Clark Jones-John said this figure was simply not acceptable. He added, “This year has been particularly difficult and we understand people may want to enjoy themselves but we are reminding them that getting behind the wheel while under the influence can have dire consequences.

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Dates For Pass Plus Cymru Courses

Pass Plus Cymru courses are currently available in the following areas:

Newport City Council
14 November 2020
25 February 2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
1 December 2020
26 January 2021
2 March 2021

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