News

04/02/2021

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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01/02/2021

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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07/12/2020

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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09/11/2020

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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06/11/2020

Operation Drive Insured

North Wales Police is supporting the national Operation Drive Insured campaign aimed at reducing the numbers of uninsured drivers using the region’s roads. During a week of enforcement action, officers across the country have been conducting an enhanced policing operation aimed at detecting and seizing uninsured vehicles.

The operation is co-ordinated by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and partners, to help highlight the issue of uninsured driving. Each year in the UK over 130 people are killed and 26,000 are left injured in collisions caused by uninsured and untraced drivers, linking them to nearly one in every five road traffic collisions. This equates to one casualty every 20 minutes.

Since January 1st North Wales Police has seized 979 vehicles due to no insurance. Whilst statistics tell us that uninsured drivers cause more collisions, there is another consequence - higher premiums for other drivers.

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13/10/2020

Welsh Government To Give Councils Powers To Crack Down On Pavement Parking

Ministers are backing the recommendations of an independent expert group to give councils additional civil enforcement powers to fine problem parkers. 

“The current law is not as clear as it could be", said Deputy Transport Minister, Lee Waters MS, who set up the taskforce.

“There is no specific offence of parking on pavements, and although the Police can enforce the existing criminal offence of causing ‘unnecessary obstruction of any part of the highway’, it is rarely enforced".

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05/10/2020

Drug Driving Arrests Rise as Police Crack Down on Dangerous Drivers

Dyfed-Powys Police has revealed that its Roads Policing Unit officers arrested 20 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol over a three day period, Friday, 25 September -Sunday, 27 September.

Breaking the figures down, the force says 11 of the people arrested were suspected to have illegal substances in their system at the time of driving, while nine were suspected to be over the alcohol limit.

Inspector for Specialist Operations Andy Williams said, “Unfortunately, we have seen a dramatic rise in arrests over the past 12 months, with the number of drug driving incidents surpassing drink driving.

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01/10/2020

World’s First Assisted Driving Grading Unveiled

Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP have launched brand-new Assisted Driving assessments to give motorists the crucial insight they need to understand how to use today’s assisted driving technology safely.

Many new vehicles feature assisted driving systems that have been developed to support the driver. However, there is significant potential for carmakers to overstate the capability of their current assisted driving technology and for motorists to misuse it. Confusion around the limitations of these systems has resulted in serious road collisions – and deaths.

Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP have therefore stepped in to bring much-needed clarity and understanding, via the new Assisted Driving Grading.

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17/09/2020

The Car Theory Test Update

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce changes to the car theory test on Monday 28 September 2020.

The updates, which will make the test more realistic and improve the accessibility for all candidates, were postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the multiple choice section of the current theory test, video clip scenarios will replace the written case study and candidates will be asked 3 questions based on the short video.

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07/09/2020

Dutch Reach - A Change of Habit to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

Dutch Reach is a simple yet effective technique to prevent 'dooring' - a dreaded and all too common crash, caused when people exiting a vehicle suddenly open a door into the path of a cyclist, or other vulnerable road user.

As active travel increases, safer interaction between cars and bicycles is reliant on co-operation and a greater awareness from drivers regarding the presence of less protected road users.

Partners in Road Safety Wales are promoting the Dutch Reach, asking drivers and passengers to get into the habit of reaching across to the vehicle’s door with their far hand to open it.

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