Gwent Police: Operation Liberal

Police forces and partner organisations throughout the UK have joined forces this week as part of Operation Liberal, a national campaign targeting rogue traders.

This is the 12th year that organisations, as part of a multi-agency campaign, have targeted rogue traders and highlight the dangers that consenting to have work carried out by cold callers can bring.

The last Rogue Trader Operation in 2016 saw nearly 300 people arrested, and nearly £3 million worth of property recovered and over 5,000 vehicles inspected nationally.

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A brand new event organised by Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue service, and supported by Road Safety Wales's Partners is due to take place on Saturday 3 June. 

Known as CRUZ CYMRU 2017, the day will start at 11.00 am and finish at 3.00 pm.  Entrance is totally FREE.

Held both indoors and outdoors at the Royal Welsh Showground, it will feature displays from Car Cruz clubs, motorcycle enthusiasts and much more. There will be live demonstrations by the Fire & Rescue Service throughout the day, along with trade stands and competitions for the best Show car, motorcycle and more.

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Seatbelt Campaign Results

Dyfed-Powys Police took the lead on the campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales clamped down on those continuing to ignore the law and endangering all road users.

Assistant Chief Constable, Liane James, said:

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UN Global Road Safety Week 2017

Road safety teams are preparing for UN Global Road Safety Week 2017, which launches on 8 May and runs until 14 May.

This year the focus is on asking drivers to #SlowDown and is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011.

Global Road safety Week is organised by the UN Road Safety Collaboration, which was set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2004 to ‘discuss global road safety issues’ and ‘facilitate international cooperation and strengthen global and regional coordination among UN agencies’.

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Pedestrian and Young People Casualities 2015

The Welsh Government recently released bulletins detailing Pedestrian and Young People Casualties 2015.

Briefly, they show:


All pedestrian casualties

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Updated Guidance For Doctors on Notifying Fitness to Drive

The General Medical Council’s new guidance on confidentiality comes into effect on 25 April 2017. In addition to revising the general guidance, the GMC has also updated the specific principles on a patient’s fitness to drive and reporting concerns to the DVLA or DVA.

The GMC clearly states the steps that a doctor should take if they believe a patient may pose a risk to others by continuing to drive.

Assess the patient’s fitness to drive against the required standard

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Road Safety Wales Annual Awards 2017

Nominations are being sought for the Road Safety Wales Annual Awards 2017.

The Award Scheme recognises good road safety practice, innovative projects and personal contributions being undertaken in communities around Wales, and are a small token of recognition to those individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety - above and beyond what would normally have been expected of them.

Award recipients are not necessarily road safety professionals, but all have been undertaking road safety professionally, and Road Safety Wales would like to thank them for all their work and raise awareness of their unsung contributions.

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Tougher Punishments for Speeding Offences

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.  The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).

The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.  It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.

Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.

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Driving Test Changes from December 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving and will only apply to car driving tests.

The four changes are:

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Community Concern "You asked, We Did."

While GoSafe place cameras at sites where people have been killed or injured, they do not believe in waiting for people to be injured before they take action.

That is why mobile cameras also operate in areas where communities have complained that speed is endangering lives and a survey confirms that there is a genuine speeding problem.

One new site will shortly be enforced at Rhosesmor in Flintshire. This has been brought about due to concerns within the community. A speed survey showed that there was a potential speeding issue, and as a result a new site has been created.

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