The UK government will consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and minibuses to help keep road users safe.
The Department for Transport announced that it will consult on legislation to make it illegal for these vehicles to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over. This follows a research project, launched by the government last year, to look at whether the age of a tyre has a direct impact on its safety.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Keeping people safe on our roads is our priority, and we have been working hard to understand the link between tyre age and road safety. Emerging evidence and leading expert testimony shows us that we need to ban tyres over the age of 10 years from larger vehicles based upon the ‘precautionary principle’ – a move that will make our roads safer for everyone."
Matt Penny, Road Safety Officer at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, recently visited Bodringallt Primary School with the council's parking enforcement vehicle and two civil enforcement officers from the parking services team.
Also in attendance were colleagues from the South Wales Police Rhondda community policing team as well as Junior Road Safety Officers from Bodringallt Primary and YGG Bodringallt. The children took the rare opportunity to check out the equipment in the vehicle and were able to ask the enforcement officers some questions about how everything is operated. They will use the information they gathered to present an assembly to the rest of their school in the near future.
The parking enforcement vehicle targets problematic parking outside schools on zig-zag markings, pedestrian crossings and bus stops. The vehicle can issue fines automatically using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera which is then followed up by a “notice to owner” letter.
If you’re planning to drive abroad over the coming weeks and months, the driving documents you’ll need may change. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued the following advice which you can find below.
International Driving Permits
Before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, holders of UK licences can drive in all EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA) without the need for any additional documentation.
Denbighshire County Council is cracking down on motorists who could be putting lives at risk by overloading their vehicles.
The Council works closely with its partners from North Wales Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to raise awareness of the dangers around overloading vehicles, but also carrying out random checks to see whether people are complying with the law.
Since September 2017, 338 vehicles have been weighed in Denbighshire. 58 of those vehicles were reported for action, 30 written warnings issued, 14 verbal warnings/advice issued and a number of other offences identified, including the use of red diesel, no tax and insurance, no licence, unsafe loads, faulty tyres, faulty suspension, loose wheels and drug driving.
RoSPA has recently published a series of video clips containing advice on group riding, where a motorcycle trainer shares his experiences of organising group rides. The clips are designed for those who have not organised a group ride before and contain advice to help riders ensure maximum safety and enjoyment while taking part in their group ride, whilst avoiding common pitfalls.
The video clips feature Kevin Bryan, a motorcycle trainer with over 28 years of experience. You can find the full suite of videos here.