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24/03/2016

Police Urge Learner Drivers to Ensure Instructors are Properly Qualified

A joint operation between North Wales Police and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to check that Driving Instructors were qualified and registered with the DVSA was carried out in the Bangor area yesterday (Wednesday 23rd March).

Driving School CarDuring a series of roadside checks, vehicles displaying L-plates or driving school logos were stopped and instructor accreditations were checked.

One man was arrested on suspicion of fraud and taking payments as an Instructor without the appropriate qualifications and authority from the DVSA. He has since been cautioned.

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24/03/2016

Dead? Or Dead Slow?: New Statistics Reveal Threat on Britain’s Roads for Horse Riders

Over 60% of incidents involving horses on the roads happen between 10am and 3pm, with accidents most commonly occurring in June, new statistics from The British Horse Society (BHS) reveal**.

Dead Slow BHS Campaign

The statistics are disclosed as the charity announces the launch of a campaign urging drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road.

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23/03/2016

£29m for Transport Schemes to Boost the Economy

Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced nearly £29m funding for transport schemes across Wales to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Welsh Government LogoThe announcement was made during a visit by the Minister to the construction site of the final phase of the new Morfa Distributor Road in Swansea. The £5.6m scheme will receive a £1.15m grant from the Local Transport Fund in 2016/17. The new road will improve access to jobs and services, open the area up to further economic development, and reduce congestion and air quality problems on the A4067 Neath Road. New walking and cycling links will also be built alongside the road.

Mrs Hart said:

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29/02/2016

Drive for Life

Experienced motorists aged 65+ can brush up their driving skills on a free one day refresher course.

The Drive for Life course, run by Pembrokeshire County Council takes place once a month at Haverfordwest Fire Station and aims to provide experienced drivers who are driving regularly with an overall update on all aspects of safe driving.

The day is split into two parts, the first is a theory based classroom session followed by a practical session with an approved driving instructor.
The theory sessions covers topics such as:

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29/02/2016

£450,000 For Innovative Projects To Reduce Motorcyclist Casualties

Two projects which aim to improve road safety and reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties will share up to £450,000 of Welsh Government research funding to develop their products, the Economy and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart has announced.

In July of last year the Minister announced the four successful projects under the first stage of the Welsh Government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which required companies to identify pioneering approaches to reduce motorcyclist casualties in Wales – a priority road safety target for the Welsh Government.

The funding they received helped them to run feasibility studies as part of the first phase of the challenge. The four projects were then invited to bid for funding for phase 2 of the initiative, which will help develop the products to point where they can be marketed.

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16/02/2016

Usk Pupils Receive Crucial Road Safety Training

Year Three pupils in Usk Primary School who completed the national Kerbcraft pedestrian training programme have been presented with certificates by the Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Brian Strong.

Accompanied by Monmouthshire County Council’s Kerbcraft training staff and parent volunteers, the children have been taught to recognise appropriate places to cross roads and acquire skills to become safer pedestrians.

Usk Primary is just one of many schools that participate in the Kerbcraft pedestrian training scheme managed by the council. Offered to all schools in the county, the Welsh government-funded scheme is administered by three staff assisted by over sixty volunteers. In the previous 12 months, over 900 children in Monmouthshire have received Kerbcraft training.

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16/02/2016

Young Driver’s Wheelie Nice £250 Surprise

A young driver from the Gwendraeth Valley has not only improved his driving skills but has been lucky enough to win a £250 cash prize.

Pass Plus Cymru Joshua Rees, aged 17, from Penygroes, recently completed a Pass Plus Cymru course.

The scheme helps young people aged 17 to 25 who have recently passed their test to improve skills and gain extra experience.

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16/02/2016

Double Parking Causes Access Chaos For Emergency Services

Narrow streets and residents double parking has impact on emergency services' ability to access incidents

In the 2011 census, it stated there were 12 cars per 10 households in South Wales and this increase since 2001 has had an impact on the accessibility of some of the narrower South Wales streets for emergency services vehicles, especially the fire appliances of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS).

To raise awareness of the issue in areas such as Blaenavon, where there have been previous issues with appliances struggling to access streets and incidents, SWFRS alongside Gwent Police and Blaenavon Town Council, will be sharing information on how residents can park safely, as well as allow enough room for an emergency vehicle to pass.

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10/02/2016

RoSPA Launches Website To Keep Older Drivers Safe On The Roads

A website aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road, has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

www.olderdrivers.org.uk has been set up by the safety charity, with funding from the Department for Transport, to provide advice and information for older drivers in a bid to help them to drive safely for longer.

The website gives tips on how people can update their driving skills and knowledge to maintain their freedom and independence on the road, as well as advice for families or friends who are concerned about a loved one’s driving. It will help drivers to:

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10/02/2016

Mature Motoring Workshops in March

Driving refresher workshops are now available free of charge for senior drivers in Powys, the county council has announced.

Powys County CouncilMature Motoring workshops are two-hour informal courses developed and delivered by Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to Welsh Government funding. The workshops are aimed at drivers aged 65 years and older.

The workshops focus on issues such as driving licence requirements, the effects of medication, personal safety while driving, winter driving, the dangers of drink driving and not wearing seatbelts.

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