Changes to the Highway Code

It’s vital to stay up to date with the Highway Code, whether you’ve only had one lesson or held a licence for years. 

From today there are changes to the rules on using motorways, so it’s as important as ever to “check the Code” – and continue to do so on a regular basis.

The changes made as of today refer to guidance on smart motorways. A total of 33 existing rules will be amended and two new rules introduced, with a number of amendments made to the additional information annexes.

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UK Government Takes Further Action to Tackle HGV Driver Shortage

Up to 50,000 more HGV driving tests will be made available each year in response to government action to streamline the testing process and tackle the worldwide lorry driver shortage.

HGV driving tests will be overhauled, meaning drivers will only need to take 1 test to drive both a rigid and articulated lorry, rather than having to take 2 separate tests (spaced 3 weeks apart). This will make around 20,000 more HGV driving tests available every year.

Tests will also be made shorter by removing the ‘reversing exercise’ element – and for vehicles with trailers, the ‘uncoupling and recoupling’ exercise – and having it tested separately by a third party. This part of the test is carried out off the road on a manoeuvring area and takes a significant amount of time.

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Million Pound Investment To Make Cycling More Accessible

An electric bike pilot scheme that has received more than £1 million of funding from the Welsh Government is already helping local residents to swap their car for a bike in communities across Wales.

The electric bike loan scheme, run by Sustrans, offers a range of battery assisted electric bikes for free on long-term loan for local residents that do not cycle regularly or find the cost of electric bikes a barrier to using them.

The scheme which is being rolled out initially in five locations across Wales, Rhyl, Swansea, Newtown (with links to Aberystwyth) and Barry, will help the Welsh Government gather data to inform recommendations for the long term use of electric bikes and active travel.

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School Road Safety Improvements Made Following Parents' Requests

A series of road safety improvements have been made at Gelliswick VC School in Milford Haven.

Bollards and safety rails were installed over the summer following concerns about parking on pavements on the approach to the school.

Work was completed in August in time for the start of the new term in response to requests from the local County Councillor and parents.

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Night-time road works start on Castle Street Cardiff

Road works have started on Castle Street, Cardiff with the aim of re-opening the road to general traffic by the end of October.

While the works take place throughout the night, Castle Street will remain open to taxis and buses to travel one-way, from Cowbridge Road and Westgate Street onto North Road. The works will only take place between 8pm and 6am so during the day Castle Street will remain open to buses and taxis in both directions.

The inbound route travelling from Boulevard de Nantes, south onto North Road, towards Castle Street, will be closed to all traffic, with the exception of the emergency services, where access will be maintained in both directions. While the works take place, the on-site contractor will manage all deliveries to shops and businesses.

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Forty Vehicles Stopped in Operation to Crackdown on Motoring Offences

Gwent Police Officers checked 40 vehicles and made four arrests as part of the latest operation to crackdown on motoring offences.

Operation Utah – a multi-agency day of action – is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The road safety operation took place at the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site at Newport’s Coldra roundabout.

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Written Statement: Continued Grant Funding for the First Phase 20mph Settlements

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change:

"On 17 February I updated Members on the progress with our plans to reduce the speed limit in 30mph areas to 20mph.

"Members were informed that we were trialling 20mph speed limits in eight settlements across Wales allowing us to overcome any unforeseen issues before we press forward with the national roll-out in April 2023.

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Consultation on the Updated Active Travel Network Map - Flintshire

Flintshire County Council would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on how cycling and walking provision in Flintshire could be improved.

Having carefully considered the views of over 2,600 people with other relevant information and a draft Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) has been produced.

The resulting draft plan has had many more kilometres of route added when compared to the original map.

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Cycle Training Instructors Wanted for Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire County Council is currently recruiting 4 Cycle Training instructors to deliver its courses to children, young people and adults across the county.

The successful post holders will report to the Road Safety Officer and assist in achieving national and local objectives in reducing cycling casualties, while increasing cycling confidence and promoting active travel through the delivery of National Standards Cycle Training.

Applications are welcomed online before the closing date at noon on the 10th September 2021.

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Operation Red Mana: Tackling Off-Road Bikes

South Wales Police is aware of the impact that off-road bikes is having on communities across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

A number of operations with Cardiff Council’s off-road team have already been carried out this summer and these will continue.

A dedicated e-mail address is available for the public to report non-urgent information about the illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes.

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