News

30/04/2019

Logan Wins After Completing Pass Plus Cymru

The latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw was Logan Davies, from Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent.

Logan was delighted to have won £250 and was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales after completing and returning his evaluation questionnaire about the Pass Plus Cymru course.

Logan attended the workshop element of Pass Plus Cymru at Tredegar Fire Station at the end of summer 2018 and completed the driving element of the course shortly after. The workshop is led by Road Safety Officers from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council with the driving element supported by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

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26/04/2019

'Options' in the Rhondda

Joint partnership working between Rhondda Cynon Taf’s road safety unit, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Police, enables the pro-active delivery of “Options” operations in the Rhondda.

Drivers and passengers, who are seen not wearing a seatbelt in their vehicles are stopped by the Police and given the option of immediately attending an educational session with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety unit, or accepting a fixed penalty notice.

Those drivers stopped for using a mobile phone behind the wheel are dealt with via a £200 fine and 6 penalty points on their licence. Whilst stopped, many vehicles are checked for roadworthiness and insurance and where appropriate vehicles are seized.  

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24/04/2019

Police Support Council Taking on Parking Enforcement

Motorists who park vehicles illegally will face prosecution by Newport City Council from 1 July 2019, following the introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE).

In recent months traffic orders have been checked and where necessary parking enforcement signs and single and double yellow lines have been updated or replaced in readiness for the change.

The council has also been recruiting for a team of 12 Civil Enforcement Officers who will be patrolling the streets across the city from 1 July to ensure drivers are not breaking the rules. If a vehicle is found to be parked unlawfully the officers will have the power to issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

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02/04/2019

Seatbelt Operation a Belting Success

The importance of wearing a seatbelt has been ingrained into the routine of most drivers and passengers for years, but as the Area Support Unit (ASU) East of Gwent Police found, there are still some who take the risk of travelling without belting up.

For two weeks in March, ASU East took part in a period of dedicated action to stop those who use the roads around Gwent dangerously, including failing to wear a seatbelt.

As part of the operation, ASU East utilised a specially adapted HGV giving them a better perspective to view and detect those driving without the necessary precautions.

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19/03/2019

Creatively Highlighting the Fatal 5

Creative Media students at Pembrokeshire College have devised short original films depicting the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. The films highlight the dangers of drink and drugs, speed, carelessness,  seatbelt non-compliance and the use of mobile phones – the Fatal 5.

Their creative work was entered into a competition run by the College in conjunction with the Road Safety Team at Pembrokeshire County Council.

The winning film was produced by Simon Latham, with Pierre Dizon and Megan Stanley commended as runners-up.

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11/03/2019

All-Wales Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign Begins

Since the introduction of seatbelt laws in the UK, tens of thousands of lives have been save by the simple act of belting up. Nevertheless, every day a small minority of people are risking travelling in a vehicle without using this vital safety device.  

Police officers enforce seatbelt laws throughout the year and during the current all-Wales enforcement campaign efforts will be stepped-up to remind drivers and their passengers that non-compliance is not acceptable.

Drivers are also legally responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are using the correct child restraint for their height and age, or the adult seatbelt if they are over 135cms tall or over 12 years old.

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27/02/2019

UK Government to Consult on Options to Ban Older Tyres

The UK government will consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and minibuses to help keep road users safe.

The Department for Transport announced that it will consult on legislation to make it illegal for these vehicles to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over. This follows a research project, launched by the government last year, to look at whether the age of a tyre has a direct impact on its safety.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Keeping people safe on our roads is our priority, and we have been working hard to understand the link between tyre age and road safety. Emerging evidence and leading expert testimony shows us that we need to ban tyres over the age of 10 years from larger vehicles based upon the ‘precautionary principle’ – a move that will make our roads safer for everyone."

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20/02/2019

Driving Abroad After Brexit – Things Are Changing

If you’re planning to drive abroad over the coming weeks and months, the driving documents you’ll need may change. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued the following advice which you can find below.

International Driving Permits

Before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, holders of UK licences can drive in all EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA) without the need for any additional documentation.

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12/02/2019

Council Drives Home The Vehicle Weight Safety Message

Denbighshire County Council is cracking down on motorists who could be putting lives at risk by overloading their vehicles.

The Council works closely with its partners from North Wales Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to raise awareness of the dangers around overloading vehicles, but also carrying out random checks to see whether people are complying with the law.

Since September 2017, 338 vehicles have been weighed in Denbighshire. 58 of those vehicles were reported for action, 30 written warnings issued, 14 verbal warnings/advice issued and a number of other offences identified, including the use of red diesel, no tax and insurance, no licence, unsafe loads, faulty tyres, faulty suspension, loose wheels and drug driving.

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28/01/2019

Camera Enforcement Van To Help Keep Pupils Safe

The safety of children around schools is paramount and Neath Port Talbot Council believes the school vicinity should be a safe haven and not a threat caused by parking issues.

The Council’s Road Safety Team has carried out a county-wide School Gate Parking campaign in partnership with South Wales Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to produce banners to be displayed outside all schools to raise awareness as well as delivering education to all pupils - encouraging them to be a positive influence on those taking them to school.

Enforcement for persistent drivers however appears to be the most effective way to tackle this growing issue.

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