Driver refresher workshops available for mature drivers in Powys

Mature drivers are being given the opportunity to revise and improve their road knowledge by taking advantage of a free, online driver theory course, organised by Powys County Council.

The Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 18th May 2022
  • Wednesday 22nd June 2022

The course is a two hour, online informal workshop designed to update your knowledge of the road in an ever-changing environment, thus helping improve your driving skills and keep you driving safely. 

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Review of unadopted streets underway after successful pilot

A review of other ‘unadopted’ streets in Bridgend County Borough is ongoing in order to determine the costs involved in bringing the streets up to an adoptable standard.

The scheme has already been used in Ynyslas, Porthcawl and the street involved will now be maintainable by Bridgend County Borough Council after securing Welsh Government funding.

Ynyslas was previously one of thousands of streets across England and Wales not adopted by any authority and, as such, responsibility for its upkeep rested entirely with residents and property owners.

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Businesses to benefit from extension to plug-in grants

Businesses will be supported to make the switch to electric as the government commits to a 2-year extension of plug-in van and truck grants. 

The move is expected to support the purchase of tens of thousands of greener vans and trucks, and will help make the UK less reliant on imports of foreign oil, improving the security of our energy supply and reducing our vulnerability to volatility in global energy prices.

Last year, industry figures showed the UK had the highest number of plug-in electric vans sold in Europe and there were around 4 times as many grant applications compared to 2020.

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Watch Out, Bikers About

With its breathtaking scenery and varied road network, Wales holds a major attraction for both local motorcyclists and those from further afield. In the coming weeks we can expect to see a greater number of motorcyclists using the roads for leisure riding and spring time commuting.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “Although Welsh roads are among the safest in the world, a motorcyclist is almost 50 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision than a person travelling in car. Reducing the number of motorcyclist casualties across Wales therefore remains a priority.

“To address this disproportionate risk, we are asking motorcyclists to ride defensively and always within the law. Drivers can play their part by taking longer to look for motorcyclists, especially when pulling out of junctions, changing lanes or when opening vehicle doors – a motorcycle may not be as visible as a larger vehicle and may be in the space you intend to drive in to.

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Charging ahead with Electric Vehicle Strategy

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is ‘charging ahead’ with its Electric Vehicle Strategy as it plays its part in helping reduce its carbon footprint in the global fight against climate change. 

Working towards its goal of becoming a Carbon Neutral Council and County Borough by 2030, the Council is helping shape the future development of Electric Vehicle Charging across the County Borough by introducing more charging points.

It is also encouraging residents and businesses to convert to electric vehicles following public consultation as part of its Climate Conversation – “Let’s Talk Climate Change RCT”.

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Offences detected on M4 during Operation Tramline

Gwent Police Officers returned to the cab of an unmarked HGV last week as part of an operation to crack down on motoring offences on the M4.

As part of Operation Tramline, a national road safety initiative, officers from the roads policing specialist operations department and forensic collision investigation unit were identifying examples of illegal or unsafe driving.

Drivers who were spotted committing an offence, such as using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt, were later stopped by officers.

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A465 Dowlais Top to Hirwaun - Camera scheme going live

GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, work with the Highways Authorities in Wales to enforce safety camera schemes.

The Welsh Government is undertaking significant works on the A465 from Dowlais Top to Hirwaun to expand the road to two lanes in each direction. These works, when complete, aim to improve the traffic flow, make it safer to overtake and also improve safety on the road in general, especially around junctions.

As part of these improvements, a 40mph speed limit has been introduced during the upgrade work to protect road users and road workers.

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The law on people using a mobile phone while driving has changed

From today, 25 March 2022, the law on people using a mobile phone while driving has become stricter.

Since 2003, when it became a specific offence to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar hand-held device while driving, mobile phones have developed to be capable of doing more than just make phone calls or send text messages.

As most hand-held mobile phones are now able to take photographs and videos, stream music and films, store books and play games, the law has been updated to reflect this.

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More than £26m funding for Highways and Transportation in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Members have agreed a £26.365m Capital Programme for Highways, Transportation and Strategic Projects in 2022/23 to further invest in these priority areas, while continuing to maximise external funding opportunities. 

A report to Cabinet on Monday, March 21 proposed capital allocations of £11.203m (Highways Technical Services) and £15.162m (Strategic Projects) for next year to continue to repair, maintain and future-proof the highway and transportation network, and evolve it to meet changing travel demands. Members agreed with officer recommendations to approve the Programme.

Highways Technical Services (£11.203m)

The Programme allocates £3.663m funding for Carriageways, across a list of 121 resurfacing schemes – available to view as an Appendix to the report. Funding for footway renewals (£437,000) is also allocated across 41 schemes, while 13 new Unadopted Roads schemes (£500,000) are included, in addition to the ongoing programme of seven schemes in 2021/22.

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Checking motorcycles after the winter months

North Wales Police is appealing to bikers to take extra care as many will be preparing to get back on the road after the winter months.

With the weather forecast predicted to be sunny for the coming days and the start of British Summer Time from Sunday 27th March, riders are being advised to check their bikes over carefully, as many will be getting machines out of storage for the first time as the weather improves.

Sergeant Leigh Evans of the Roads Policing Unit said, “Motorcycles may not be roadworthy after being locked up over winter, even if they were in good condition on the day they went into storage.

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