Changes to the Highway Code

Rules for all types of road users will be updated in The Highway Code from Saturday 29 January 2022, to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses.

A public consultation received more than 20,000 responses from the public, businesses and other organisations, with most respondents supporting the changes.

8 of the changes that you need to know about.

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Renewal of Residential Parking Zone Permits

Residential parking permits in Rhondda Cynon Taf can now be renewed for use beyond March 2022

The Council is reminding those people who live in a residential parking zone that their annual permits need to be renewed by March 31 – and that they can now complete this process in advance of the deadline.

Each year, the Council undertakes a significant exercise to renew more than 3,000 residential parking permits. The existing parking permits are valid for the current financial year, ending on March 31, 2022 – and they need to be renewed for use from April 1, 2022.

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Free Enhanced Motorcyclist Rider Scheme

Motorcyclists are invited to sign up to a free enhanced riders training course to help improve their riding skills and the safety of Powys roads.

With funding from the Welsh Government, Powys County Council's Road Safety team is providing these courses free of charge to any motorcyclists who live in Powys or use Powys' roads.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Enhanced Rider Scheme is suitable for full motorcycle licence holders who want to improve their riding skills, for those returning to riding after a break, riders who have just passed their test, people upgrading to a more powerful motorcycle and/or those who want to check their riding standard.

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100 Drink and Drug Drivers in Wales Involved in Collisions During Campaign

More than 500 people were caught at the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs during a campaign run by Wales’ four police forces at Christmas.

The annual drink and drug driving campaign, which ran from 1 December 2021 to 1 January 2022, saw 299 arrests for drink driving, with another 120 for drug driving.

Almost 100 of those arrests - 85 drink-drive and 14 drug-drive - came following road traffic collisions.

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First Bike on Scene (FBoS) in Neath Port Talbot

Spaces have become available for the First Bike on Scene (FBoS) course this Sunday, 23rd January in Neath Port Talbot.

First Bike on Scene is a one day nationally recognised First Aid course for motorcyclists. It is accredited by the Quality Casualty Care Alliance (QCCA) and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to deal with the initial management of a causality involved in a road traffic collision or any incident where injury is sustained.

Bikers will be encouraged to provide necessary Basic Life Support (BLS) in the event while waiting for emergency services.

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North Wales Police Community Speed Watch Scheme

North Wales Police is currently recruiting Community Speed Watch volunteers force-wide. The role involves working with North Wales Police with the aim to:

  • Reduce the risk of death, injury and collisions
  • Improve the safety and quality of life for local communities
  • Increase public awareness of speeding and other traffic offences

Monitoring locations are chosen by the volunteers who are then trained in the use of hand-held speed monitoring devices to record the speed of motorists driving through their village or parish.

Operating at the roadside in 20, 30 or 40mph zones, volunteers monitor the speeds of passing vehicles using portable or tripod mounted speed indicator devices. Some devices signal their speed to the drivers, others don’t. The volunteers record the speed and details of vehicles travelling above the speed thresholds. The registered keepers of vehicles observed exceeding these limits are then sent warning letters by the Police.

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Winter Road Maintenance In Caerphilly

It’s that time of year again, winter is in the air and Caerphilly County Borough Council’s gritters continue to help to keep residents on the move.

The Council has 13 gritters available to use, all of which can be fitted with a snow plough if needed and around 9,000 tonnes of rock salt in stock ready to treat roads during the frosty nights.

All main salt vehicles are fitted with the latest technology in salt distribution, including trackers and salt monitoring systems, which allow the Council to programme the vehicles accurately, depending on the route and weather conditions. This results in a more effective and efficient use of the salt supplies, reducing costs and the environmental impact that the salt has on the County Borough.

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Pupils Say Farewell To Their 'Lollipop Lady'

School Crossing Patrol Officer Carol Evans, has hung up her high-viz jacket and her patrol sign for the final time and has retired after an amazing 35-year career at Pontrhondda Primary School.

Mrs Evans, 65, of Llwynypia, Rhondda, has helped generations of children safely across the road to and from school each day, in all kinds of weather, all year around. Married to Anthony for 47 years, she now plans to enjoy her retirement with her family, which includes her two children and three grandchildren.

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Motorcyclists: Have you got a CRASH Card?

Road Safety Wales is encouraging all motorcyclists to take advantage of a free scheme which could be lifesaving in the event of a collision.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use a CRASH Card, but if the worst happens a medical professional will be able to see the green dot on the right hand corner of your visor/helmet and can look for the card inside the helmet lining.

The details that you write on the card could provide vital information for attending ambulance crews, saving valuable time and helping treatment, especially if you’re unconscious or unable to communicate.

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