New CBT Video and Updated Guide for Learners

DVSA has published a new video about how compulsory basic training (CBT) works on YouTube. The short video is designed for learner riders.

The GOV.UK guide about how CBT works has also been updated in the last few months, and it now gives better information about preparing for CBT, what to take to the course, and how to make a complaint about a course.

If you are thinking about taking up motorcycling for the first time or are returning to motorcycling after a break, there is all the information you need about licences, the types of machines you can ride and appropriate clothing on the Wales by Bike website. Experienced motorcyclists will also find information on routes, tips and training opportunities across Wales.

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When Winter Bites

When Winter Bites...

At this time of year, a single journey may take us into very different weather and different road and traffic conditions, so drivers need to be prepared.

Working in partnership with Highways England, Road Safety Wales has produced a series of posters to remind drivers to be prepared, to plan around the weather, and to check forecasts for the latest information.

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#OpSnap Campaign Continues

Just over three months after a campaign to highlight dangerous driving was launched, North Wales Police are renewing their message for people to submit video and photographic evidence of motoring offences.

Following the launch of Operation Snap or #OpSnap, numerous film clips and photographs have already been received from members of the public. 58 offences have so far been processed – ranging from driving without due care and attention, failing to comply with a red traffic signal and failing to comply with solid white line.

Operation Snap was launched in October 2016, in response to the ever increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences on the roads of North Wales.

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Top of the Lollipops!

The unsung heroes guiding Vale youngsters safely across our roads twice a day have been given the recognition they deserve.

At the recent Vale Road Safety Awards, an annual event held at the Council’s Dock Offices, those working on school crossing patrols throughout the county were recognised and rewarded for their contribution to road safety.

The co-ordinators and volunteers of the Kerbcraft Child Pedestrian Training Scheme were also thanked during this year’s presentation.

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Don’t Put Your Licence at Risk, Turn Off Your Phone

On 1 March 2017 the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of a car will be increasing to 6 points and a £200 fine.

This increase in points means that if you are a driver who has held their licence for less than two years, being caught on your phone JUST ONCE will result in your licence being revoked by the DVLA. To get your licence back you will need to retake and pass both parts of the driving test, resulting in considerable expense, and time off the road. Additionally your new licence will still show the 6 points, which will have an impact on the insurance premium you have to pay.

Experienced drivers are not immune to the consequences of the change in the law either. Most insurance companies request details of any driving convictions that you've received in the past five years, and it's illegal to withhold any such information.

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Managing Winter Road Risk

Road Safety Wales is reminding employers to review their driving for work risk management policy and ensure that winter driving is properly covered.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said: "Employees who drive for work purposes should be fully aware of what is expected of them during periods of severe weather and plans should be in place for identifying and preparing for essential journeys."

Employers have a duty to take all reasonably practicable measures to manage risk and companies should ensure that their drivers take heed of any warnings, either from official external sources or from within the firm, not to continue their journeys when advised.

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Free Guide to Winter Driving

At this time of year, it’s important to keep in mind the change in road conditions and the effect this will have on the way we drive. Preparing your car ahead of time can cut down on future maintenance costs and more importantly, prevent an accident from happening.

Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide to driving in winter, highlighting steps you can take to help keep safe on the roads. It’s full of information about essential winter driving equipment you should carry and tips on when and how to use it. Simple things, such as making sure your washer fluid is topped up, can save you trouble in the long run and ensure that you’re fully prepared for poor weather and road conditions.

You can find the guide here:

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2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards

The nomination process for the 2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards has now opened, with entries invited in five different categories.

Now in their third year, the awards are sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS) and will once again be presented at the Young Driver Focus event in London in April 2017.

FirstCar conceived and launched the awards scheme in 2015 to recognise the work of road safety professionals in seeking to reduce casualties among young drivers.

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Backless Booster Seat Confusion

Many parents may be confused by the news that booster cushion regulations may change soon - possibly this March.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, explains the current situation: "Any changes will only apply to new backless booster seats (booster cushions) entering the market, not ones which are already in use and meet existing safety standards."

“Parents, carers and professionals working with children, who currently use a booster cushion that complies with the existing regulations will not be breaking the law if they continue to use them after the rule change. You will not be required to buy a replacement booster seat to meet this change.”

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Prize Winners Invest in Their Future

Pembrokeshire College interactive media students and their Lecturer used some of their Multimedia Competition prize money to visit Cardiff for the day.

Visits to the Artes Mundi exhibition at Cardiff Museum and also to the Award Winning S3 Advertising Agency led to a lot of thought provoking issues being discussed throughout the day. A glass was raised at lunchtime to Joel and Shannon for their winning work, and the whole group were thanked for all their hard work in devising entries for the competition.

Course Tutor Denys Bassett-Jones said “Thanks to the recognition by Road Safety Wales of the students’ efforts we have been able to arrange this inspirational trip for them. As well as being thoroughly enjoyable, it will help them to develop their creativity and enable them to make informed choices about their future career path. The balance of the prize money will be invested in equipment which will assist in producing even better animations for future competitions.”

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