Operation Utah: Newbridge

Over 80 vehicles were stopped in Newbridge last week in a crackdown on motoring offences.

Operation Utah aims to identify vehicles that are being driven illegally or aren’t road safe.

Results included:

  • 87 vehicles inspected
  • 20 traffic offences recorded
  • 8 offences identified for condition of the vehicle
  • 6 people arrested for driving under the influence of drugs
  • 3 vehicles seized for having no insurance
  • 3 traffic offences for driving with no seatbelt on
  • 3 traffic offences for insecure loads
  • 2 traffic offences for driving whilst using a mobile phone

PC Phillip Griffiths, Gwent Police said:

"Those who choose to break the law by driving vehicles whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not only put themselves at risk but other road users too.

"Driving irresponsibly, with no insurance or whilst not maintaining the condition of your vehicle, is not acceptable and focused operations such as this one ensure that those who flout the law are taken off the road immediately."

If you are concerned about unroadworthy vehicles or vehicles being driven illegally please call 101.

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Recovery operators: working with electric vehicles

The Department for Transport has issued information for professional recovery operators involved in the roadside recovery of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

There has been a rapid increase in vehicles with an electric powertrain on public roads, which use high voltage systems incorporating a high energy battery, and this trend will continue.

The high voltage (HV) systems used in these vehicles pose different hazards to those that may be found on an internal combustion engine vehicle and these need to be considered while working with these vehicles.

The information in the document provides a reference for professionals involved in the roadside recovery of electric vehicles, to better understand the hazards associated with these vehicles and the expectations on themselves and others. This document is not exhaustive, is not intended to be a training document and should not be used as an alternative for undertaking suitable training.

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Cardiff school children welcome Wales’ largest 20mph pilot

Safer streets save lives and improves our quality of life was the message from the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters today as he welcomed the rollout of Wales’s largest 20mph pilot in Cardiff North.

Cardiff North is one of eight pilots that is being rolled out in communities across Wales to help test the process of reducing Wales’ national default speed limit on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets from 30mph to 20mph by 2023.

The pilots are part of wider consultation work that the Welsh Government is undertaking to understand public feedback on the change. Online focus groups with residents from communities involved in the first phase, independently commissioned research, and a public consultation, results out today, are all being considered ahead of a full rollout next year.

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New 20mph zones come to Monmouthshire

New 20mph zones are being introduced by Monmouthshire County Council this month. The first of these projects will see Abergavenny, Llanfoist, Magor, Undy, Caldicot, Portskewett and Caerwent all lowered from 30mph this month as part of two Welsh Government funded pilot projects. 

Plans for the introduction of pilot 20mph zones across Monmouthshire were raised at Monmouthshire County Council’s full council meeting last December. This follows the announcement in 2019 by the First Minister that 20mph should be the default speed limit for all residential roads in Wales.

New 20mph zones are also proposed for Monmouth and Wyesham, Mathern, Devauden, Shirenewton/Mynydd Bach and parts of Chepstow. It is also proposed to make the trial Bulwark/Thornwell 20mph zone permanent. The Tintern and Raglan 20mph zones have been extended for a further period of up to 18 months, before the end of which consideration will be given to making them permanent.

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CCTV enforcement vehicle delivering results in Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has invested in an enforcement vehicle fitted with the latest technology to help its fight against illegal parking.

Cameras on the parking enforcement vehicle photograph number plates and are enabling officers to prosecute offenders by way of penalty charge notices – civil offence charges rather than criminal.

“The cameras will be used by the parking department to capture vehicles parked illegally at zebra crossings, bus stops and zig zag markings around schools,” said Cabinet Member for Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas.

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Free adult cycle training in Neath Port Talbot

Residents of Neath Port Talbot who would like to become more active, cycle with friends or family, or try commuting to work by bike, can now sign up for FREE adult cycle training.

Taking place in March and April, the training will be delivered by qualified instructors, with sessions starting and ending at the Council’s offices, the Quays, Baglan SA11 2GG.

All ability levels are welcome and bikes and cycle helmets can be provided. For more detailed information, or to book a FREE place, contact the Neath Port Talbot Road Safety Team on 01639 686828 or email

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New funding to increase defibrillator access in Wales

Health Minister Eluned Morgan has announced a further £500k to increase community access to defibrillators, to help improve the survival rates of people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.

The funding will enable community groups, sports grounds and public organisations to access a defibrillator and is a further boost to the £500k announced in September last year.

The previous funding saw more than 400 applications for defibrillators approved, including from local and town councils, residents’ associations, gyms, schools, sporting venues, childcare venues and places of worship.

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Older Drivers Forum: Webinar on Highway Code Changes

The Older Drivers Forum is running a free webinar on the changes recently made to The Highway Code, as well as other driving tips.

The webinar will start by giving an update on the findings from the Older Drivers Task Force report published in November 2021. There will then be information about the changes to The Highway Code, offering advice on safe driving tips to help mature motorists carry on driving safely for longer.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to all the speakers in a Q&A section and the webinar will last for 90 minutes with a 10 minute break in the middle.

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Driving tests: prompt cards to support learner drivers who are deaf

If you are taking your car driving test, your driving examiner can use prompt cards to support you if you’re deaf or have a hearing impairment.

The prompt cards give short written instructions and diagrams so you know what you need to do. Your examiner will not use the cards when the car is moving.

Your driving examiner might arrange to meet you and your driving instructor before the day of your driving test (you’ll need to go to the driving test centre).

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New 20mph speed limit for areas in Flintshire

A new 20mph speed limit goes live today, Monday 28 February, in some areas of Flintshire as part of a Welsh Government scheme to reduce the speed limit in residential areas from 30mph to 20mph.

The area covers Buckley, Drury, Burntwood, Alltami, New Brighton, Mynydd Isa, and Bryn Baal and follows an extensive period of informal consultations with the local communities as well as the undertaking of the required statutory consultation.

The implementation of 20mph speed limits will greatly improve road safety within residential areas as well as encouraging the uptake of Active modes of travel which will complement the Council's aspiration for a low carbon integrated sustainable transport network across the County.

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