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15/04/2021

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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22/03/2021

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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08/03/2021

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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04/03/2021

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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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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