Remote Control Parking - New Laws

The Department for Transport has announced innovative new laws which will mean people can use technology like remote control parking on British roads from June.

Changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations were consulted on earlier this year and received overwhelming support from a range of groups including manufacturers, insurance groups and haulage companies.

Developments like remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel for those with mobility challenges, unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road.  Not only that, but technology has the potential to make driving more energy efficient meaning cheaper, cleaner journeys, with improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians.

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Pupils Put Their Best Foot Forward

Supported by Caerphilly Council’s Road Safety Team, schools across Caerphilly have been involved in Walk to School Week 2018.

Over 7,000 pupils at 27 schools have enjoyed a healthy stroll to school, with many taking part in one of 20 regular walking buses that run weekly throughout the summer months. Walking buses pass through local communities and allow pupils to join at regular ‘bus stops’ along the journey, as they safely make their way to school in the company of fellow pupils and school staff.

Pupils at Maesycwmmer Primary School enjoy their walking bus each Friday, and even the rain didn’t put them off taking part in Walk to School Week. Each week the walking bus makes its way through the village as the pupils discuss a topic of the week, sing songs and wave to members of the community as they go.  The walking bus allows pupils of all ages to get to know each other, providing pupils with the chance to make friends with pupils in other classes they wouldn’t usually see during a school day. The walking bus also allows teachers the chance to get to know pupils better, as they discuss their hobbies and what they enjoy doing outside of school hours.

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Learner Drivers to Have Motorway Lessons

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.  This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test.

Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.  Any motorways lessons will be voluntary, and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.

Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway, and the changes only apply to learner drivers of cars; learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.

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Think! Child Road Safety Resources

THINK! has published more than 50 new child road safety resources for parents, teachers and schools as part of a new campaign.

Launched on 16 May, the campaign is fronted by CITV star Sam Homewood and urges children to ‘stop, look, listen, think’ when crossing the road.

The free resources, which are available from the THINK! website, include mobile games and educational films, photographs and illustrations created by students from Farnborough Sixth Form College – as well as a new THINK! map to help children pinpoint risky areas near them and consider the best way to travel safely.

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Child Car Seat Website Survey

RoSPA has launched a survey to evaluate its child car seat website and identify ways it can be improved.

The website,, provides advice and information to anyone responsible for transporting infants and children. It covers the types of car seats available, child car seat fitting and compatibility, the law and issues around carrying other people’s children.

The website is also home to 16 short films, published in April, which cover the four main types of child car seat: rear facing seats, front facing seats, booster seats and high-backed booster seats.

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Trainee Officers Join Day of Action

Trainee officers from Gwent Police were out in force practising their skills on hundreds of unsuspecting road users.

Among the offences uncovered by the would-be police officers was a drunk driver, use of prohibited red diesel, untaxed and uninsured vehicles, unsafe loads and counterfeit tobacco.

The force set up a checkpoint at Rassau Industrial estate near Ebbw Vale, just off the A465 Heads of the Valleys road, as part of Gwent Police’s ‘day of action’, which focussed on protecting vulnerable people across the region.

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A Day in the Life of a Road Safety Officer

Ceredigion Road Safety Officer, Kayleigh Tonkins, recently gave an interview about her role as a Road Safety Officer to Ceredigion Council's web team.

"Where do I begin with what’s involved within my role as Road Safety Officer? Road Safety affects everyone; there are so many aspects to road safety that no day is the same for us and we cater for all ages. I visit schools on a regular basis, either to pop in to deliver an assembly or spend half a day with groups of children discussing road safety matters which impact on their lives. I also enjoy encouraging active travel, and will happily help to organise a walking bus with a school, to try to encourage pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to their school at least once a week. School Crossing Patrol Officers (SCPs) make up the backbone of our Road Safety Team. They are out every day braving the elements ensuring that all pupils that do walk to school are crossed safely to their destination.

Both my colleague, Heulwen, and I are qualified child car seat advisors, and we regularly attend family centres and play groups to discuss issues parents may be having, and offer checks if the child car seat is fitted correctly. We offer this service from our office in Penmorfa, Aberaeron, so if you want to check your child car seat, simply give us a call to arrange a day and time!

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Driver Refresher Workshops

Mature drivers in the Welshpool area are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge, thanks to informal workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following days:

  • Monday, June 11 – Newtown
  • Tuesday, June 12 - Welshpool
  • Monday, August 20 – Welshpool
  • Wednesday, August 22 – Newtown
  • Monday, October 29 – Welshpool
  • Tuesday, October 31 – Newtown

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour and classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a refresh of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements.

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Bank Holiday Weekend Response

North Wales Police are thanking the public as well as their own officers and staff following a difficult Bank Holiday weekend which has sadly seen further fatal and serious collisions happening on the region’s roads.

Superintendent Jane Banham, from the Force’s Operational Support Services said: “Once again we have had a desperately sad weekend whereby our officers have dealt with fatal and serious collisions, and we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all families and friends of those involved.

“Dealing with fatal and serious collisions is never easy and I would like to commend our staff – as well as colleagues from other emergency services, for their continued professionalism when dealing with such incidents. They dealt with difficult scenes in very hot and humid weather conditions, and although additional police officers were brought on duty due to the sheer number of collisions that they were dealing with, many of them worked additional hours and for that we are extremely grateful.

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DVLA Scam Warning

DVLA has confirmed that they do not send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm personal details or payment information such as for a vehicle tax refund.

With so many more transactions now available online, it can sometimes be tricky to remember exactly what you have applied for.  However, if you receive anything purporting to be from DVLA don't open any links and delete the email or text immediately. 

Beware also of misleading third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA. These sites might, for example, offer to help you apply for a driving licence, tax your car or connect you to our contact centre. These sites will often charge additional fees for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.

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