Latest operation to crackdown on motoring offences

Operation Utah – a multi-agency day of action – is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The road safety operation took place on Tuesday 27 June at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site at Newport’s Coldra roundabout.

Officers from the Gwent Police roads policing unit teamed up with partners from the DVSA and GoSafe.

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Three months to go: Deputy Minister says 20mph switch will save lives and build stronger communities

Reducing speed will not only save lives but will help build stronger, safer communities, Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters has said, three months before the introduction of the default 20mph speed limit.

Described as the ‘biggest step-change in community safety in a generation’, most streets in Wales that currently have a 30mph speed limit will switch to 20mph on Sunday, 17th September. The change comes after four years of work with local authorities, police and road safety experts to design a change in law, making Wales the first UK nation to reset the default speed limit for local roads.

The Deputy Minister with responsibility for transport said, “We’re now just three months away from the biggest step-change in community safety we have seen in Wales for a generation.

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Ride to Work Day 2023

Ride to Work Day, which takes place on Monday 19th June is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of motorcycle commuting, and to show that biking can be a practical alternative to commuting by car.

Alongside cycling and walking, motorcycles and scooters provide a sensible alternative for anyone wishing to avoid gridlocked roads on their commute.

As part of this year’s activities, the organisers at Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) are encouraging motorcyclists to take part in a new survey to establish if employers are providing sensible, secure and safe motorcycle parking at workplaces.

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Gwent Police - taking part in a national road safety campaign

Officers from Gwent's Roads Policing and Specialist Operations team are taking part in a seat belt campaign this week that highlights the importance of wearing seat belts.

The campaign, which is being run by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the European Roads Policing Network (ROADPOL), focuses on people not wearing seat belts and improper use of them when in a vehicle. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness around the dangers of not wearing a seat belt and to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Gwent.

  • in a crash, you are twice as likely to die if you don't wear a seat belt
  • drivers and passengers aged 17 to 34 are most likely to not wear a seat belt
  • the above age range also has the highest accident rate in the UK
  • people are less likely to wear a seat belt on a short or familiar journey, which puts them at serious risk of injury should they crash.

Sergeant Gareth Williams, who is leading the campaign in Gwent, said, "Wearing a seat belt correctly is important to keep everyone in the vehicle safe, should they be involved in a road traffic collision.

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Welsh Government celebrates Clean Air Day with £58m boost for active travel

Speaking on Clean Air Day, the Deputy Minister with responsibility for transport outlined how the huge investment would fund new and improved active travel routes across Wales.

Since 2018, the Welsh Government has increased active travel funding from £15m to £70m – now more than £22 for every person in Wales, compared to dedicated active travel spending in England of about £1 per head in the same period.

The Deputy Minister was speaking on a visit to Flintshire where he saw first-hand how people were making the most of the new Sandy Lane to Saltney Ferry active travel route.

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£15m ‘boost’ will increase the number of Welsh electric vehicle charging points

The Welsh Government will invest £15m to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points across Wales. The funding, confirmed today by Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters, will be used to help local authorities increase the number of charging facilities ahead of fossil fuel vehicles being phased out in 2030.

The new funding follows the £26m already invested in charging infrastructure across Wales since 2021 which has created more than 1,600 charging points – enough for one in six battery electric vehicles.

Deputy Minister, Lee Waters said, “Drivers need to have the confidence to make the switch to electric vehicles as demand increases and that’s why we are committed to creating high quality electric vehicle infrastructure across Wales.

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Wales by Bike Prize Draw

Paul, a biker from Blackwood in south Wales, has been randomly selected as the winner of the Wales by Bike Prize Draw Survey.

Anyone who had completed a Welsh Government subsidised course was invited to fill in a survey and to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win £250 from Road Safety Wales.

Welsh Government subsidised courses included:

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Consultation on Usk to Little Mill routes launched

Monmouthshire County Council is seeking views on two potential walking, cycling and wheeling routes between Usk and Little Mill/Mamhilad.

The current pedestrian route between Usk and Little Mill is alongside the A472, which in places narrows significantly and cyclists need to use the road. Potential alternative routes have been identified, as either an upgrade to the existing footway or along sections of the disused railway.

Here are a few of the reasons why a new route for those walking, wheeling or cycling is needed:

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