Road Safety Wales Awards

The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.

Each year, road safety professionals from across Wales have the opportunity to nominate deserving people to receive an award; those that have demonstrated excellent road safety practice, created innovative projects or made a personal contribution to keeping other people safe on the roads.

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Climate Ambassadors Focus on Active Travel

Community climate ambassadors met with representatives from Torfaen Council recently to discuss plans to increase active travel in the borough.

Road Safety Strategy Officer Pat Bates outlined what the council has done to improve active travel routes since the introduction of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Act and outlined what the authority plans to do over the next few years.

During the presentation, Pat Bates said, “Since 2017 the council has created new walking and cycling routes, improved existing routes, and widened pavements on busy pedestrians routes to school.

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National Rollout of the Travel to School Hands Up Survey

Active School Travel (AST) has multiple health, social and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Increasing AST will increase physical activity, improve air quality and have positive impacts on climate change.

Children who regularly walk to school can meet between 25-35% of their recommended amount of physical activity per school day. AST can also develop self-confidence; skills in assessing and managing risk, problem solving, social skills and can improve educational attainment. At a community and population level, increased AST can reduce motorised traffic volumes through modal shift, thereby decreasing pollution levels and reducing road danger.

Public Health Wales will be shortly rolling out the national Travel to School Hands Up Survey to all maintained primary schools in Wales. This validated survey will measure children’s self-reported mode of travel to school and will provide a clear picture and understanding of active school travel levels (e.g., walking, cycling, scooting) in Wales.

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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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