Civil Parking Enforcement Preparations in Torfaen

Ahead of a new civil parking and environmental enforcement team coming into action on Monday 1 July in Torfaen, some of the borough’s parking restriction signs and road markings are being refreshed or renewed.

Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said, “In preparation for Monday 1 July when the council will have the power to issue Penalty Change Notices (PCNs) relating to highway parking restrictions, such as prohibition of waiting at any time, or limited waiting, our contractors are busy refreshing old road markings and parking restriction signs.

“We will be employing staff who will have dual enforcement powers. The team will issues fines/PCNs for offences such as littering and parking illegally on double yellow lines. We will have no income targets and enforcement officers will not be on commission. We don’t want to issue tickets.”

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Pothole Repair Programme for Flintshire

As we head towards better weather, Flintshire County Council has engaged contractors, supplemented by its own workforce, to address the issue of potholes across the highway network. The work commenced last week and will continue for approximately five weeks, during which all roads across the County will be visited and any visible potholes repaired.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said, “The repairs will benefit all users of the network and I am delighted that we have been able to organise and fund this scheme of works to help remove potholes from our roads. Potholes will always form on the network, due to extreme weather conditions and the high volume of traffic across the County, but we continue to demonstrate our commitment to provide a well maintained highway network for the residents and visitors of Flintshire by this work. There will be some inevitable disruption during the period of the contract for which I apologise in advance.”

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Dyfed-Powys Police Launches Online Survey On The Use Of ANPR Technology

Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to ensuring the deployment of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology across the force area is necessary and proportionate. 

The survey will remain open until Sunday 9 June 2019, and aims to give local communities, as well as those who travel through the region, a chance to voice their views and understanding of how ANPR is used.

The technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level, including tackling travelling criminals, organised crime groups and terrorists.

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The Welsh Government Announces Road Safety Funding

The Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters, has announced road safety grant funding totalling over £5.8 million across Wales. The road safety funding will be split between capital and revenue spend.

A range of projects, including a route safety treatment and additional road safety measures identified in conjunction with police on the A4080 Llanfairpwll to Aberffraw in Anglesey and 20mph zones in Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea will come from £3,969,743 of capital funding.

Road safety revenue funding has been prioritised for schemes and training promoting active travel. Over 80% of the of £1,858,355 of road safety revenue funding is directed towards such initiatives, with over £650,000 being allocated for National Standards Cycle Training and over £850,000 for a variety of pedestrian safety schemes encouraging walking as an active journey.

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Welsh Government Supports a Default 20mph Limit for Residential Areas

During yesterday's First Minister's Questions, Mr Drakeford announced that speed limits of 20mph could be introduced in all residential areas in Wales.

Explaining the Welsh Government’s position, he continued, "Local authorities have to have discretion to retain 30mph zones on key arterial routes, but outside that, and in residential areas, we know that 20mph zones reduce speed of traffic, reduce accidents - particularly accidents to children, and we want to see that become the default position right across Wales."

Working with the WLGA, the body which represents local authorities in Wales, Deputy Transport Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters will explore what needs to happen to make 20mph a default limit across Wales.

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Road Maintenance Works Underway

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being urged to drive carefully as essential road maintenance works are carried out across the county.

Surface dressing works are carried out annually by the council to make the roads safer and better to use. It involves applying a coating of hot bitumen onto the road surface followed by layers of hard stone chippings. A mechanical sweeper then removes the excess chippings after a day or so.

The equivalent length of about 54 miles of a standard single carriageway is being treated.

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Bank Holiday Advice for Motorcyclists

In the latest blog, Wales By Bike is reminding motorcyclists to stay alert on long bank holiday weekend rides, as avoiding fatigue and managing alertness is key to arriving at your destination safely. Even a momentary loss of concentration can have devastating effects when riding a motorcycle.

This time of year often means time off work, travelling, and generally riding for longer periods. However, your safety doesn’t need to suffer; riding fatigue can be easily avoided through simple precautions and by listening to your body.

With fatigue estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions, these types of crashes unfortunately tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a rider or driver who has fallen asleep cannot take avoiding action.

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Logan Wins After Completing Pass Plus Cymru

The latest winner of the Pass Plus Cymru quarterly prize draw was Logan Davies, from Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent.

Logan was delighted to have won £250 and was randomly selected by Road Safety Wales after completing and returning his evaluation questionnaire about the Pass Plus Cymru course.

Logan attended the workshop element of Pass Plus Cymru at Tredegar Fire Station at the end of summer 2018 and completed the driving element of the course shortly after. The workshop is led by Road Safety Officers from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council with the driving element supported by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

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Crucial Crew Torfaen

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

Across the eight days of the 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 pupils surveyed, a surprisingly high proportion (502) reported they did not always wear their seatbelt, that’s 55%.

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'Options' in the Rhondda

Joint partnership working between Rhondda Cynon Taf’s road safety unit, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Police, enables the pro-active delivery of “Options” operations in the Rhondda.

Drivers and passengers, who are seen not wearing a seatbelt in their vehicles are stopped by the Police and given the option of immediately attending an educational session with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety unit, or accepting a fixed penalty notice.

Those drivers stopped for using a mobile phone behind the wheel are dealt with via a £200 fine and 6 penalty points on their licence. Whilst stopped, many vehicles are checked for roadworthiness and insurance and where appropriate vehicles are seized.  

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