News

08/01/2019

Road Safety Operation in Denbigh

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and Special Constabulary stopped and spoke to several motorists in Denbigh last weekend as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of casualties in the area.

In the operation, officers carried out vehicle and driver checks in and around the Denbigh area. Several TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) were given for defective lights, exhausts and tyres. Motorists were also given tickets for having illegal number plates and several breath tests and roadside drug tests were administered.

PC John Hewitt of the Roads Policing Department said, “We hope that the weekend’s operation will send a message to other motorists in the area and beyond. It was disappointing to find so many issues in the vehicles we checked, but this is why we carry out operations like this, to identify issues, make sure they are resolved, and remind drivers of their responsibilities.

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26/11/2018

Operation Utah

Gwent Police recently joined forces with a wide range of partner agencies in Caerphilly for the latest staging of Operation Utah, an intervention which focusses on criminals using the roads and on defective vehicles.

During the operation, which is aided by the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, 56 vehicles were ushered into the Gallagher Retail Park by police officers and were checked for a variety of issues by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Representatives from Caerphilly Council Taxi Licensing and Scrap Metal Licensing also assisted with the operation, checking for tachograph offences and inadequate record keeping.

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16/11/2018

Preparing For Winter Driving

With colder days ahead, Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit has issued the following tips to help drivers prepare their vehicles for winter driving.

  • Have your vehicle serviced and check the anti-freeze
  • Check your lights, brakes and the battery are in good working order
  • Check the condition of your tyres; including the tread and pressures
  • Make sure your windscreen and windows are clear and regularly top-up your screen washer levels
  • Make sure your wipers are in good working order
  • Make sure you carry a spade, torch and a mobile phone. Keep a bottle of water and high-energy food in case of a breakdown. Carry extra clothing, including warm coat, gloves and hat
  • Drive slowly, with smooth, gentle application of accelerator, steering and, particularly, brakes
  • Beware of black ice. If the vehicle starts to skid, gently lift off the accelerator and steer in the direction of the skid

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “In order to minimise collision risk, drivers need to adapt their driving to the different conditions.  Our tips will help drivers cope better with the various seasonal weather hazards.

“Short-term weather forecasts are now very accurate so listen to local and national weather broadcasts.  Tell someone your destination, what time you expect to arrive and avoid making your journey unless it is absolutely necessary.

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15/11/2018

Vehicle Checks On Anglesey

Anglesey Trading Standards recently joined forces with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and North Wales Police as part of an initiative to tackle road safety.

A total of 45 vehicles were stopped on the Gaerwen Industrial Estate and multiple checks carried out by the agencies in attendance. Checks were carried out on the roadworthiness of the vehicles and their MOT status, vehicle tax, driving licences and insurance in addition to verifying trade association membership, checking paperwork and providing guidance packs to 19 traders on legal requirements.

A number of infringements were identified on the day by the various agencies. These resulted in one immediate prohibition, one delayed prohibition on a vehicle with multiple defects, along with fines for expired MOTs, no driver CPC and excessive window tint.

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13/11/2018

Helping L Drivers Evaluation

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is currently conducting research to evaluate the use of the Helping Learner Drivers website, www.helpingldrivers.com to identify any ways in which it can be improved.

The website provides advice to novice drivers, motorcycle riders and their families on learning to drive or ride. The information covers the whole process, from private practice and professional driving lessons until after the practical test.

Young drivers and their families are being asked to take a look at the website and complete the evaluation survey which can be found here.

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12/11/2018

Cardiff Council Proposals to Tackle Problem Vehicles

Owners of untaxed vehicles and persistent traffic and parking offenders in Cardiff face having their wheels clamped or having their vehicle removed by the Council.

Using existing devolved powers and DVLA permission the Council's traffic enforcement officers could soon be able to clamp and remove vehicles that are causing a nuisance across the city. Cardiff Council's Cabinet will decide on Thursday, November 15th, whether to adopt the new powers.

Problems which could then be targeted in any clampdown include:

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08/11/2018

Council Invests in Driver Training

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Fleet Management Team runs a rigorous range of in-house CPC and HGV driver assessments for its own staff, neighbouring local authorities, private organisations and individuals.

The council operates a wide range of vehicles across its services, including grass-cutting, refuse collection, minibuses, home-to-school and community transport operations, winter gritting, street lighting and many others.

Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, pictured with Carl Dallimore (CCBC Driver Trainer) said, “The council’s investment in regular in-house CPC and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency accredited HGV training not only demonstrates a real commitment to the future of its staff and to its residents, but ensures that our drivers perform in accordance with strict industry guidelines.”

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12/10/2018

Arrests, Searches and Vehicle Seizures - Operation Raptor Crackdown in Newport

Antisocial behaviour, drugs offences and suspicious vehicles were the subject of the latest Operation Raptor activity in Newport.

Between 4pm and midnight on Friday, 28th September 2018, officers from Gwent Police's Area Support Unit (ASU), East Tasking team, Dog Section, Neighbourhood and Response Policing Teams joined forces for the crackdown across the city.

Inspector Matt Havard, of ASU East, said: "The operation was intelligence-led, and focused on issues we know are important to our communities.

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19/09/2018

No Dropping, No Stopping, No Excuses

In response to issues around schools with some drivers parking on zig-zag lines, Neath Port Talbot’s road safety team along with South Wales Police and Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, have launched a fresh campaign to raise the profile of safe parking around local Primary schools.

Road Safety Primary School Coordinator, Chloe Lyons is currently delivering assemblies in every Primary school throughout Neath Port Talbot, talking to the children about the importance of being safe on the journey to and from school, encouraging children to tell parents to park safely and other road safety issues.

As part of this campaign the road safety team, supported by the police and fire service, have purchased “No dropping, No stopping, No excuses” banners. Each school in the county is receiving a banner to put outside their school to encourage parents to keep off the zig-zag lines.

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17/09/2018

Child Car Seat Information for Parents

The recent publication of a new Which? mystery shopper investigation into the sale of child car seats, may have left many parents wondering where they can get information to make the right choice when shopping for a child car seat.

A good place to start would be RoSPA’s Child Car Seats website, which will give you information to help you understand the different types of child car seats, how to choose the most suitable one and how to ensure it is correctly fitted.

If you prefer to gain information through e-learning, then a new free online course from CarSeatSmarter may be just what you are looking for.  Developed by Avon and Somerset Police in partnership with several other organisations, the course consists of six short videos on different car seat related topics.  After each of the films, there’s a short task to ensure your understanding.  All of the videos have been designed to help you navigate through the buying, installing and using child car seats.  The course can be accessed through the CarSeatSmarter website.

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