News

21/09/2020

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 21 and 27 September 2020, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

As with the majority of health services, accessing routine eye testing during the COVID-19 lockdown proved impossible. Since then, opticians throughout the country have been putting new protocols into action so that you can receive quality eye care and source the correct prescription glasses.

Whatever your age, good eyesight is vital when using the road. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

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20/08/2020

Changing Attitudes For Better Riding

Human error is the leading cause in more than 90% of road traffic collisions. These collisions are preventable and usually the consequence of unsafe practices. 

In its latest blog, Wales By Bike is reminding motorcyclists that a good standard of riding requires a good attitude and respect of personal and other road users’ safety. The likelihood of a collision increases when poor attitude, speed and risk-taking are present.

Selfish, aggressive and illegal riding leads to significantly greater risk for motorcyclists and others sharing the road space; such behaviour is a matter of choice and motorcyclists displaying a flagrant disregard for the law and safety can expect to be prosecuted.

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28/07/2020

Significant Increase in Weekend Bikers

Police in Wales are using live data to track the busiest areas across Wales as six times more bikers take to the roads over summer weekends.

Technology under trunk roads across Wales is feeding police with patterns of vehicle movements as they happen, allowing officers to be strategically placed at traffic hotspots.

Figures issued by Dyfed-Powys Police show that over the past two weekends, there have been six times more bikers on the roads compared with weekdays.

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22/07/2020

Bikers Clocked at 127mph During Police Operation in Brecon

Fourteen people were caught speeding during a police operation near Brecon last Sunday, with two bikers recorded riding at a staggering 127mph.

Dyfed-Powys Police Roads Policing officers took part in the force’s Operation Darwen, which promotes rider and driver safety.

Officers targeted the A470 Brecon bypass following a number of complaints from residents about speeding, with shocking speeds recorded during the day.

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10/07/2020

COVID-19 Precautions for Motorcyclists

Now that the Welsh population is permitted to travel further afield that 5 miles from home, this weekend, many motorcyclists will undoubtedly be looking forward to their first significant ride for months.

As well as the usual safety precautions to avoid collisions and breakdowns, a new blog from Wales By Bike has highlighted some extra issues to consider to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 Ways to keep yourself safe:

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03/07/2020

Getting Ready To Ride Again

With the lifting of the 5 mile rule in Wales on Monday 6th July, motorcyclists are just about ready to start enjoying the freedom that motorcycling gives.

Wales holds a major attraction for bikers due to the uniquely challenging roads and breathtaking scenery.  While the vast majority of motorcyclists show an excellent standard of riding, a small minority choose to use the roads as a racetrack, putting themselves and other road users in unnecessary danger and greatly increasing the risk of a collision.  Police forces across Wales will continue to target these individuals in the coming months, giving the clear message that poor and anti-social riding behaviour will not be tolerated.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “Roads in Wales are among the safest in the world, however, partners in Road Safety Wales continue to strive for improvements, and reducing the number of motorcyclist casualties remains a priority.

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29/06/2020

Mandatory MOT Testing to be Reintroduced from 1 August

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced.

  • Mandatory MOT tests for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales to be reintroduced to keep roads safe
  • Drivers encouraged to book a test in advance to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition
  • Vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a 6-month exemption

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order.

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15/06/2020

Ride to Work Day, 2020

Ride to Work Day, which is celebrated every year on the third Monday in June, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of motorcycle commuting, and to show that biking can be a practical alternative to commuting by car.

The message is even more relevant this year as the Government is advising people to avoid public transport to reduce the risk of a second Coronavirus peak.

By taking to two wheels, Ride to Work Day supporters are doing their bit to cut congestion for all road users. Also, a motorcycle or scooter is the perfect vehicle for socially-distanced transport; bikers even come equipped with their own gloves and face coverings. 

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24/12/2019

School Streets – A Pilot Scheme for Cardiff

Cardiff Council has announced that to address roads around school gates being dominated by cars, causing a potential danger to children and contributing to harmful pollution levels, a pilot scheme will be introduced around five schools.

Cardiff Council wants to ensure that children can attend school as safely as possible; the School Street scheme will begin on from the 6 January 2020, to help to reduce traffic around school entrances during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

During term time, motor vehicles will not be permitted to drive in the specified streets on weekdays between 8.30am - 9.15am and 2.45pm - 3.45pm​.​ Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the School Street and any unauthorised vehicles entering during restricted times will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

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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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