Gwent Police - Operation Utah

Over 30 vehicles were checked and more than 20 traffic offence reports issued, as part of a Gwent Police's latest operation to crack down 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 latest Utah operation took place on Thursday 26 October at the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site at Newport’s Coldra roundabout.

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Written Statement: Supporting highway authorities with the implementation of 20mph

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

On Tuesday, along with the Minister for Climate Change, I met with leaders, cabinet members and transport officers from across Wales to discuss the implementation of 20mph in their areas.

This was an opportunity to reflect on the nationwide roll-out, share good practice, and explore opportunities for collaboration. I also placed on record my heartfelt thanks to our partners in local government for their continued support.

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See and be seen!

As the clocks go back this weekend, longer periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, alongside worsening weather conditions, mean the risks of being involved in a road traffic collision can increase.

Road Safety Wales is advising road users of the need to prepare and to take extra care in darker conditions. In the dark it becomes even more important that drivers look out for all vulnerable road users, who should also consider how well they can be seen.

The new default 20mph speed limit in built-up areas across Wales means that drivers have more time spot hazards and to drive appropriately in the vicinity of others. Unfortunately, however, driver compliance cannot be taken for granted. Offending drivers still exist and each of us using the roads need to remain alert to poor and illegal driving behaviour to minimise our risk of being injured.

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Barry Bike Club Returns

The Vale Homes Community Investment team, in partnership with the Active Travel team at Vale of Glamorgan Council are delighted to announce the Barry Bike Club shall be returning next year until 2025.

The teams worked hard last winter to submit a Shared Prosperity Funding application, in which they were successful.

This has enabled them to restart the bike club and purchase new bikes and a new container.

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Powys County Council vehicles are DVSA accredited

Powys County Council has become an accredited member of the DVSA Earned Recognition Scheme.

The voluntary scheme, administered by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is a way for vehicle operators, such as the councils fleet service, to prove the organisation meets driver and vehicle safety standards. As an accredited member, the council have a strong track record of compliance and adherence to the regulatory requirements in running a fleet of vehicles and will regularly share performance information with DVSA.

Powys County Council is the first local authority in Wales and only the third in the UK, to achieve the standards required to become accepted into the DVSA Earned Recognition Scheme

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Arrests made and electric bikes seized in operation to keep Cardiff’s city centre streets safe

Eleven electric bikes were seized and eight arrests were made in Cardiff city centre on Thursday, October 5, as part of a joint operation targeting people riding modified bikes which can reach speeds of more than 40mph.

Cardiff Council's City Centre Warden Team took part in the operation which saw South Wales Police make two arrests, and the UK Visas and Immigration Service arrest six people.

A spokesperson for Cardiff Council said: "As a council we actively encourage people to cycle bikes but what we can't have is people driving illegal, modified electric bikes in pedestrian areas putting pedestrians at risk.

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Get more from your journey when you active travel in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire County Council is celebrating 10 years since the Active Travel Act was launched in Wales.

Active travel describes making essential journeys, such as travelling to work, on the school run or travelling to appointments, by foot or by wheeling.

Cllr. Catrin Maby, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said, “I would like to thank all of Monmouthshire’s residents who actively travel, walking or wheeling for essential journeys such as the commute to work. People of all ages and abilities can wheel or walk, and every journey we take without the car contributes to making a real difference."

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Ceredigion on top with EV charging point provision

You can now choose from 112 charging points across Ceredigion to charge your electric vehicle.

76 of these are provided by Ceredigion County Council in 18 different locations, including Council car parks.

Following the successful delivery of two phases of EV infrastructure installations in Ceredigion County Council car parks, the county now has the highest number of EV charging points per 100,000 population for the public to use across the whole of Wales.

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