News

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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21/08/2018

Off to Nepal Thanks to Pass Plus Cymru

Congratulations go out to Susin Shakya from Swansea who is the winner of the recent Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw. Susin received his prize of £250 from Amanda Howarth, Road Safety Officer at the Guildhall Swansea.

Susin commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the course which has given him confidence to travel on the M4 to Heathrow Airport on several occasions since completing his practical training.

“The prize will go towards a trip I’m planning to Nepal at the end of the year, thanks very much.”

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26/07/2018

Check Your Tyres Before Push Comes to Shove

TyreSafe, the UK's charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tyre safety has launch its Summer campaign.  TyreSafe is reminding all motorists whether they're a day tripper or holiday-maker, that they should be aware that more tyre-related incidents happen on Britain’s roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. To keep risks to a minimum, everyone should ensure they have checked their vehicle's tyres before starting their jouney.

TyreSafe says, "You’re likely to be carrying more luggage and more passengers, and travelling further too. This makes it essential your car tyres are in tip-top condition.

Remember, never change a tyre yourself on the hard shoulder of a motorway or dual carriageway.  Call for assistance using the emergency phone provided on the hard shoulder or your breakdown recovery service and then stand in as safe a place as possible."

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23/07/2018

DVLA Asking UK Drivers to Retake Eye Test

UK drivers are being urged to test their eyesight after a DVLA survey suggested 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum standards needed for a licence.

Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.

But the agency's survey found only half of drivers knew about the eye test and used it to regularly self-check, as they are legally required to do.  Those who do not pass the test should visit an optician, a DVLA doctor said.

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