News

27/09/2019

Rural Road Collisions Still a Cause for Concern

Carmarthenshire County Council is launching a rural road safety scheme to encourage motorists to drive more safely.

Figures show that nearly 120 people have been seriously injured and 26 were killed on rural roads in the county in the last two years.

Some 125 serious collisions were recorded between 2016 and 2018 with 23% involving young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24.

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19/08/2019

Swansea City Centre Bottleneck to be Improved to Cut Queues

Swansea Council has secured funding via the Welsh Government Local Transport Network Fund to introduce major traffic improvements aimed at easing congestion at a traffic bottleneck in Swansea

Traffic engineers in the Council have estimated that waiting times at the junction where Vivian Road, Broadway, Cockett Road and Townhill Road connect, could quadruple in future years if changes are not implemented.

The scheme will see traffic signals replace two mini roundabouts which are currently in place. Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said, "At peak times, this junction becomes very busy and congested.

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14/08/2019

More Charging Points Across Carmarthenshire for Electric Vehicles

Llanelli, Burry Port, Ammanford, Carmarthen, Gwendraeth Valley and Llandeilo are the latest locations in Carmarthenshire to benefit from electric vehicle charging points.

Carmarthenshire County Council secured funding for the plug-in chargers via successful bids to Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and On-street Residential Charge Point Scheme, as part of the council’s ongoing efforts to support sustainability and to become a net zero carbon local authority by 2030.

The proposed 7kw-22kw (fast chargers) will charge a compatible electric vehicle in 3-5 hours and all current charge point locations can be found on the Carmarthenshire County Council website

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19/06/2019

Operation Targeting Drink Drivers in Monmouthshire

Drink driving is still an important priority for Gwent Police and last Friday, 7th June, the East Area Support Unit and local officers ran a specialist traffic operation to make the roads around Chepstow, Tintern and Caldicot a safer place.

During the eleven hour operation a total of 9 people were arrested, two vehicles were seized and three Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) were issued.

 The full results were:

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14/06/2019

Cruz Cymru 2019

Tomorrow, Saturday 15 June, brings the much anticipated return of Cruz Cymru at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd. Now in its third year, this popular event is attracting a growing number of car and motorcycle clubs that have the event fixed in their annual calendar.

Hosted by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cruz Cymru runs from 11am-3pm and is FREE to attend; the day includes road safety partners as well as fire and rescue service personnel from all over Wales.

The attending clubs will be showcasing their impressive, pristine vehicles along with trade stands, competitions and a special appearance by Welsh rally driver Osian Pryce.

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03/06/2019

Avoid Overloading With Free Caravan and Campervan Weight Checks

Residents in Conwy and Denbighshire who own caravans or campervans are urged to take advantage of free weight checks and safety advice, to make sure they stay on the right side of the law.

Officers of Conwy Trading Standards, Denbighshire Trading Standards, and North Wales Police Community Safety section are offering free “Check Your Weight” sessions at the Weighbridge on the A525 between Rhuddlan and St Asaph on the following dates and times.

  • 7 June – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 21 June – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 19 July – 9am – 1pm
  • 2 August – 12 noon – 4pm
  • 16 August – 12 noon – 4pm

People do not need to make an appointment, so can simply pop along between the listed times and dates to find out if their vehicles are within the legal weights. While there, they can chat about the security of their caravan or campervan with an officer of North Wales Police Community Safety Team.

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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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