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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Police Support Council Taking on Parking Enforcement

Motorists who park vehicles illegally will face prosecution by Newport City Council from 1 July 2019, following the introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE).

In recent months traffic orders have been checked and where necessary parking enforcement signs and single and double yellow lines have been updated or replaced in readiness for the change.

The council has also been recruiting for a team of 12 Civil Enforcement Officers who will be patrolling the streets across the city from 1 July to ensure drivers are not breaking the rules. If a vehicle is found to be parked unlawfully the officers will have the power to issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

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DVSA's Tips for Motorcyclists - Getting Back on the Road

In the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) latest blog, Chris Parr an assistant chief driving examiner in their driver and rider policy team, reminds motorcyclists about the need to ensure their bike, kit and skills are still up to scratch. Below, Chris shares some simple safety checks for bikers to undertake before getting back on the road:

How are those tyres looking?

Even if a bike hasn’t been sat in the garage for the past few months, it’s always a good idea to give it a check over before taking it out.

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Young Highway Code Experts in Rhondda Cynon Taf

There were smiles all around as young people from across Rhondda Cynon Taf proved themselves to be experts in the Highway Code, by excelling during the Council’s annual road safety quiz.

Each year the Council’s Road Safety Team hosts the event with primary schools from across the County Borough – who take part in a fun, friendly and informative event that ensures our young people know how to stay safe as road users. The event is held in conjunction with the Council’s partners from South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

In total, 30 primary schools took part in the quiz’s preliminary round – and the six top-scoring schools were invited to the final of the competition, held in the Mayor’s Chamber at the Municipal Buildings, Pontypridd, on Friday, April 5.

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Plan to Replace A55 Roundabouts Takes Important Step Forward

Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates has announced the preferred options to replace the only 2 roundabouts on the A55 with upgraded junctions.

Having taken full account of the technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of the scheme and listened carefully to the consultation responses, Option D has been selected as the preferred route to replace the roundabout at Junction 15 Llanfairfechan and Option A for Junction 16 Penmaenmawr and Dwygyfylchi.

Option D would provide movement on and off the A55 in 4 directions, 2 eastbound and 2 westbound, at junction 15 by utilising an overbridge with a T-junction to the north of the A55 and a priority junction to the south of the existing roundabout. The slip roads on the north would be raised locally to allow the bridge to pass over the A55.

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Road Safety Officers Hold Wales by Bike Day

Carmarthenshire County Council road safety officers will be out talking to motorcyclists as part of an initiative to reduce the number of casualties involved in motorcycle collisions.

In Wales there were 595 motorcyclist casualties in 2017, 9.6% of all casualties. This was a 10.1% fall compared with 2016 and is the lowest recorded figure since comparable records began.

Of the 595 casualties 252 were killed or seriously injured, and 343 were slightly injured. In 2017 fatalities increased by 4.5% while the number of serious and slight injuries fell by 1.3% and 15.9% respectively.

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Seatbelt Operation a Belting Success

The importance of wearing a seatbelt has been ingrained into the routine of most drivers and passengers for years, but as the Area Support Unit (ASU) East of Gwent Police found, there are still some who take the risk of travelling without belting up.

For two weeks in March, ASU East took part in a period of dedicated action to stop those who use the roads around Gwent dangerously, including failing to wear a seatbelt.

As part of the operation, ASU East utilised a specially adapted HGV giving them a better perspective to view and detect those driving without the necessary precautions.

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Improving Active Travel Across Wales

Transport Deputy Minister Lee Waters has called on local authorities to be radical and ambitious in their work to improve active travel across Wales, pledging to support those councils who need help in improving their future active travel plans.

Speaking at a workshop in Cardiff, he said, “Getting people out of cars for short journeys and travelling in a way which improves their health is an ambitious agenda. But it will produce multiple benefits, from cleaner air, less congested roads, improved mental health and busier local shops. As seen in other countries, the effect can be transformative. And if we want to transform transport choices and reap the benefits, we must think big and show ambition.

"Our Active Travel Act places a number duties on the local authority to promote active travel, securing new routes and facilities - and the whole local authority, not just the transport department.

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