Child Car Seat Checks in Ceredigion

It’s Family Safety Week from 23 to 27 April and to raise awareness of safety issues involving child car seats, Ceredigion County Council’s Road Safety Team is promoting the free car-seat check service they provide to residents.

Kayleigh Tonkins, road safety project officer, said: “The Road Safety Team offer free child car seat checks across the county at various family centres, or for individuals who can travel to Aberaeron.

“We can demonstrate the safe fitting of your child’s car seat in your vehicle, and supply you with an in-depth guide to child car seats that gives advice on what seat is suitable for your child and the legalities.”

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MOT Rule Changes 20 May 2018

The MOT test will change on 20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.  The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales – the MOT Test works differently in Northern Ireland.

There are 5 main changes you need to know.

1.   Defects will be categorised differently

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Crucial Crew in Torfaen

Around 1000 pupils from schools across Torfaen recently booked in to visit the TA Centre in Cwmbran to take part in this year’s health, safety and responsibility extravaganza, Crucial Crew.

Across the eight day event a total of 12 agencies delivered information sessions to Year 6 pupils from across the borough. The road safety session focussed on the importance of wearing a seatbelt on every journey.

Twenty six schools attended the event and of all the 916 children surveyed, a surprisingly high proportion (502) reported they did not always wear their seatbelt, that’s 55%.

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Cabinet Secretary announces £25.9m in Local Transport Grants

Local Authorities in Wales will today find out their allocated slice of £25.9m worth of transport grants.  The money will go towards programmes to improve safety, reduce congestion, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Local authorities were invited to submit applications for their priority schemes. A total of 190 applications were received.

The Local Transport Fund of £6.15 million will allow 18 schemes across 13 local authorities to continue work on multi-year projects. A further £5 million has been provided to fund local authorities to progress active travel scheme development.

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Police Use Unmarked HGV

All four Police forces in Wales are using an unmarked HGV to catch dangerous drivers.  The Operation Tramline lorry started being used in England three years ago and will now also tour Wales.

The speed of the police HGV is not limited and it has also been fitted with flashing lights. Police say being higher up in a truck cab gives officers a "different perspective" to spot and record video of potentially dangerous drivers.

The Operation Tramline HGV will target hazardous driving and people committing motoring offences including:

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Gwent Police's Crash Investigators

A TV series going inside the cordon with Gwent Police's dedicated forensic collision investigators will be starting in BBC One Wales tonight, at 8.30 pm.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said that, across Britain, millions of cars clock up billions of miles, and every week 500 people are killed or seriously injured on the roads.

She added: "When the emergency services have left the scene of a collision, an expert team of investigators begin the essential work of piecing together the evidence left behind in order to discover the truth.

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MAWWFRS Corporate Plan 2018-2023

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has published its Corporate Plan 2018-2023.  The Plan sets out the Authority’s Strategic Priorities for the next five years – together with its twelve Improvement Objectives for the year ahead (2018/19).

The Service deals with the consequences of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) and the impact they have on human life and communities on a daily basis, with significantly more injured people rescued from RTCs than from fires.  Education and intervention is key to reducing the number of RTCs on Welsh roads and the Service has a shared role in delivering this along with other road safety partners.

Even though road safety has improved considerably in recent years, figures released for April 2016 show that Road Traffic Collisions in Wales are not achieving the causalty reduction targets set out in the Wales Road Safety Framework.

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The State of Roads in Wales

The Welsh Government Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into the State of Roads in Wales.

The inquiry will focus on the condition and approach to maintenance of the local road, trunk road and motorway network, delivery of enhancement projects on the local road, trunk road and motorway network, and how far the approaches taken to highway maintenance and improvement are sustainable.

A consultation, The State of Roads in Wales, has been published and will run until 27 April 2018. 

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Calculate Your Car Running Costs

As we know, owning and running a car is expensive, and if you find that you are using the car less and less as you get older, the cost of tax, insurance, servicing, MOT, repairs and fuel will be far greater than using public transport, or even a taxi.

For many people it may make good financial sense to use their money for other ways of getting about, instead of running a car, especially if they don’t drive very much.

RoSPA’s new Cost Calculator can help to estimate how much it costs to run a car and how much would be needed to spend on public transport.  It then estimates how much money this would provide every month, or year, for three years to use for public transport.

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Motorcycle Safety Highlighted at Launch Event

Motorcycle safety is the focus of an event at CMC Motorcycles located on Estuary Road in Newport today (4 April).

Op Darwen is an all-Wales operation aimed at reducing the number of road traffic collisions involving motorcycles.  From now until October, officers from Gwent Police Area Support Teams will be carrying out high visibility motorcycle patrols targeting those who ride in an anti-social manner which can cause serious, if not fatal, collisions.

Officers are at CMC Motorcycles in Newport until 4pm offering advice and also giving out more information about BikeSafe.

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