Even on Short or Familiar Journeys – Belt up!

One of the most basic things vehicle occupants can do to increase their safety when on the roads is to wear a seatbelt. Something we’ve all done so many times, it’s become second nature and we hardly think about it. But that small, simple task at the start of every journey can make a huge difference in the event of a collision.

Seatbelts are highly effective in protecting vehicle occupants and significantly reduce the risk of being fatally or seriously injured in a crash in conjunction with other in-vehicle safety systems.

GoSafe and colleagues across all four Welsh Police Forces will be taking part in the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Seatbelt campaign, which will be taking place across the UK between 31st May and 17th June. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and reduce death and injury caused by not wearing seatbelts on the roads of Wales.  Those caught not wearing a seatbelt face a fine of £100, or if prosecuted could face a maximum fine of £500.

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Motorcyclists - Keep A Cool Head This Bank Holiday Weekend

With temperatures expected to rise in time for the bank holiday weekend, Wales By Bike is offering important advice to bikers who may have plans for a ride out with their motorcycling friends. Motorcycling alone is great but riding out with a group of friends can take it to a whole new level.

Learning to look out for every member of the group will help bikers enjoy it even more. For those new to group riding it’s easy to get pushed into riding beyond your ability or experience. To help avoid this, Wales By Bike recommends riding with people you trust; real friends will respect your skill level and will ride accordingly.

If you're an experienced rider and a new rider joins your group, be responsible and encourage the group to look after them. Novices welcome the support of fellow bikers in becoming more experienced in group riding, without being pushed too hard to keep up.

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Have You Got a Black Belt in Self-Defence?

Do you always wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle? You are twice as likely to die if you’re involved in a collision and you aren’t wearing your belt.

Not belting up can be a fatal decision, even on short, familiar journeys and at low speed. You must wear a seatbelt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using - there are only a few exceptions. Also be aware that you are only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seatbelt.


The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

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Work to Improve Entrance to Village Farm Industrial Estate

Road improvement works will soon be starting at the Heol Mostyn junction of the A48 in Pyle to provide improved access to Village Farm Industrial Estate.

The work, which is being carried out before the summer opening of the estate’s all-new community recycling centre, will introduce a dedicated lane for turning into and out of the estate, new traffic lights and fresh resurfacing of the carriageway.

Bridgend County Borough Council has awarded the contract for the works to Calibre and work is due to start in mid-June.

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition 2021

Young people aged up to 18 are invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

The winning entries will be shared on Road Safety Wales Partner social media channels.

Competition Guidelines

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Drivers Reminded of Rhyl Traffic Order

Denbighshire County Council is urging drivers not to ignore an existing traffic order in place in Rhyl town centre.

Concerns have been raised over an increase in the number of vehicles using a route from the top of the High Street, into Sussex Street to join with Queens Street.

A traffic order covers this route, restricting access between 10am and 5pm for all vehicles.

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Operation Options - Changing Attitudes for Safer Journeys

During Global Road Safety Week, Gwent Police is running Operation Options sessions with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt when driving.

The sessions allow engagement with drivers and passengers who break the law by not wearing their seatbelt.

Offending road users are offered the option of either accepting a fine for the offence, or attending an educational input, delivered by the fire service, which lasts approximately 15 minutes.

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Walking and Cycling - Your First Choice for Local Journeys

The Commonplace website is where you can find out about the active travel consultations underway across Wales.

Local Authorities are using the online consultation platform as they shape plans to improve towns and villages with the aim of making them better places to live, work and visit. By upgrading and creating new walking and cycling routes active travel can increasingly become the normal way to get around for local journeys. This cuts down unnecessary traffic and helps families get about safely, improves air quality and increases the attractiveness of places where we spend time for our daily journeys.

Everyone can have their say – if you are already someone who regularly gets about on foot or by bike, you’ll know where things are good but also where improvements are needed, but the project especially needs to hear from people who are yet to discover the joys of active travel. What changes and improvements might help you swap to walking or cycling, when using the car isn't really necessary? Maybe you know where a new cycle route is needed, or perhaps it’s a lack of safe crossing points, no dropped kerbs, or cars parked on the pavement that are the problem.

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New Pedestrian Crossing to Improve Safe Routes to School

Construction of a new pedestrian crossing at Brecon Road in Hirwaun will start today, as part of the Council’s safe routes in communities work in areas which have benefitted from 21st Century Schools investment. 

The new safe crossing point for the community will be located near Brecon Road’s junction with Cross Street, in order to create a safer environment for pedestrians who wish to cross the main road. The work will also include new streetlights, kerbs and paving to deliver further improvements at this location.

The pedestrian crossing is being funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to complement the new £10.2m, 21st Century Schools facilities for the nearby Hirwaun Primary School – which was a recent joint investment alongside the Welsh Government.

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Environment at the Heart of Decision Making in Wales

Climate change, new green jobs and recovery from the pandemic will be at the heart of the new Welsh Labour Government, as First Minister Mark Drakeford reveals his new Cabinet team.

The new climate change ministry will bring together the environment, energy housing, planning and transport portfolios, led by Julie James with Lee Waters as Deputy Minister.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said, “The environment will be at the heart of our decision-making. The climate change emergency has not gone away while we have been dealing with the pandemic.

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