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22/03/2017

New Vehicle Tax Rates from 1 April

If you're not buying new, it won’t affect you

The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars, and some motor homes, that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.

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15/03/2017

Welsh Police Winter Drink/Drug Driving Campaign Results Show Slight Increase

Over 18,000 people in Wales were stopped and tested for drink driving or driving whilst under the influence of drugs, during the recent All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign.

The police campaign was launched by South Wales Police on the 1st December with the help of Angela Coen whose son, Arran, sadly died as a result of getting behind the wheel when he was over the drink drive limit.

Following the conclusion of the campaign on New Year’s Day, officers had stopped and tested 18,408 drivers at the roadside.

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13/03/2017

Belt Up! All Wales Seatbelt Campaign

‘Belting up can save a life’, people will be warned as part of an All Wales campaign stressing the dangers of not wearing seatbelts.

From Monday, March 13 Dyfed Powys Police lead the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
 Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.

Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to ignore the law, endangering all road users.

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08/03/2017

10,000 Haulage Firms on Safety 'Red List'

About 10,000 haulage operators are on a "red list" because of the risk they pose to other road users, the body that enforces lorry safety in Britain says.

The list represents one in eight transport firms, and is used by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to target enforcement.

The hauliers are failing to ensure adequate maintenance and safety, or to monitor drivers' hours, the DVSA says.

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06/03/2017

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

TyreSafe has aired its concern at the implication for road safety of skyrocketing MoT failure rates caused by defects with vehicles’ Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). More than 23,000 vehicles required a retest following identification of TPMS issues in 2016 compared with a little over 7000 in 2015* - an enormous rise of 212%.

TPMS became mandatory on all new passenger vehicles sold after 1 November 2014 as a safety feature to help reduce the number of vehicles being driven with tyre pressures significantly – even dangerously – below the recommended settings. Such vehicles are not only more difficult to control, increasing the risk of an incident, but also consume more fuel and wear their tyres out more quickly. TPMS notifies the driver to a variance in tyre pressure by illuminating a warning light on the dashboard and, in some cases, sounding an audible alert thereby offering motorists the opportunity to rectify the issue.

If drivers do not see the TPMS alert come on with all other warning lights when they start their vehicle, they should immediately check with their service garage that the system is functioning properly.

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01/03/2017

Put Your Phone Away

From today (1 March) the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel increase to 6 points and a £200 fine.

Road Safety Officers across the country are making the public aware of the dangers of this offence and all 43 police forces in England and Wales are participating in a week of enforcement action against drivers who flout the law.

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07/02/2017

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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07/02/2017

#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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13/01/2017

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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13/01/2017

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: https://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/~/media/files/resources/guide-to-driving-in-winter.pdf?la=en

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