MOT Exemptions Granted During the Coronavirus

Vehicle owners have been granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing their vehicles, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempt from needing a test from 30 March, 2020.

Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles, possibly facing a fine of up to £2,500, penalty points and a potential driving ban.

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Stay At Home And Save Lives

New restrictions to prevent the spread of Coronarvirus are now in place, public compliance will be essential if the spread of the virus is to be addressed.

Under the new lockdown, members of the public must not leave their house except to:

  • Shop for essentials, as infrequently as possible
  • Exercise outdoors once per day, alone or with household members
  • Receive medical treatment or provide care
  • Travel to and from work if impossible to work from home

Now more than ever, the public must follow the lockdown advice from the government. Stay at home and when outdoor movements are essential, maintain safe road safety practices, to limit any further strain on stretched NHS and Emergency Services.

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Government Consultation on e-Scooters

The Department for Transport (DfT) is currently consulting on what rules are required to allow e-scooters to be legalised for use on UK roads.

While they are already a popular form of transport in many cities around the world, it is currently illegal to use them on public roads and pavements in the UK.

The consultation covers a series of areas in relation to the safe use of e-scooters, including a minimum age for riders, speed limits, licensing, insurance and helmets.

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Active Travel Work Nears Completion

Work on the creation of a £1.5m safe pedestrian and cycle route linking both Pencoed and Coychurch to Bridgend will be completed by the end of March.

Work has been ongoing on the new routes for the last few months with traffic measures and diversions in place.

The project involves the construction of:

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Mobile Phone Safety Campaign

Today, the Police in Wales have launched a social media campaign to remind drivers of the dangers of holding a mobile phone while driving, and to encourage the public to report offending drivers.

All four Police forces across Wales will be focussing on the main reasons people use their phones while driving: texting, calling, using sat nav, using social media, and listening to music. They will also be carrying out targeted operational activity, providing an increased police presence in each force from 16th to 29th March.

The aim of the campaign is to remind the public of the laws around mobile phone use while driving and to encourage the reporting of dangerous drivers. Even when stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic, drivers are breaking the law when using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel.

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Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements in Penrhiwceiber

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC will begin a series of improvements to a pedestrian crossing in Penrhiwceiber next week to increase safety.

Work on the pedestrian crossing at B4275 Penrhiwceiber Road – near the medical centre and paddling pool – will begin from Monday, 9 March. The scheme will provide a safer environment for pedestrians and road users.

The work will move the crossing point a short distance away from the junction, while the kerb will also be realigned to improve the left turn onto Cross Street for southbound traffic. The scheme will also include extending the electrical ducting and cabling, along with carriageway resurfacing and road markings.

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Traffic Commissioner's Caernarfon Office Officially Opens

The Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Victoria Davies, now has a base in both North and South Wales following the official opening of the North Wales office in Caernarfon recently.

The office, based in Gwynedd Council’s existing Penrallt building, is shared with a small team of bilingual staff working for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and will provide facilities for the Commissioner to hold meetings and inquiries in North Wales.

Ken Skates, Minister for Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, who officially opened the office, said, “I am extremely pleased to see that the Traffic Commissioner now has an office in Caernarfon as well as in Cardiff. This ensures that the Traffic Commissioner is within easy reach to the whole of Wales.

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