News

15/05/2018

Driver Refresher Workshops

Mature drivers in the Welshpool area are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge, thanks to informal workshops organised by the county council.

Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following days:

  • Monday, June 11 – Newtown
  • Tuesday, June 12 - Welshpool
  • Monday, August 20 – Welshpool
  • Wednesday, August 22 – Newtown
  • Monday, October 29 – Welshpool
  • Tuesday, October 31 – Newtown

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour and classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a refresh of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements.

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02/05/2018

DVLA Scam Warning

DVLA has confirmed that they do not send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm personal details or payment information such as for a vehicle tax refund.

With so many more transactions now available online, it can sometimes be tricky to remember exactly what you have applied for.  However, if you receive anything purporting to be from DVLA don't open any links and delete the email or text immediately. 

Beware also of misleading third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA. These sites might, for example, offer to help you apply for a driving licence, tax your car or connect you to our contact centre. These sites will often charge additional fees for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.

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05/04/2018

Calculate Your Car Running Costs

As we know, owning and running a car is expensive, and if you find that you are using the car less and less as you get older, the cost of tax, insurance, servicing, MOT, repairs and fuel will be far greater than using public transport, or even a taxi.

For many people it may make good financial sense to use their money for other ways of getting about, instead of running a car, especially if they don’t drive very much.

RoSPA’s new Cost Calculator can help to estimate how much it costs to run a car and how much would be needed to spend on public transport.  It then estimates how much money this would provide every month, or year, for three years to use for public transport.

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19/03/2018

Peers Called Upon to Influence Their Friends

The latest drink driving campaign is targeting young men aged 17-34 years, and is calling upon peers to influence their friends not to drink and drive.

‘A mate doesn’t let a mate drink drive’ encourages young men to tell their mate that drink driving isn’t cool, in a non-preachy way.

The radio advert, Mates Matter, will run across a number of radio stations in England and Wales and on Spotify.

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12/03/2018

All Wales Seatbelt Campaign

Police Forces across Wales are working together to deliver 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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01/03/2018

Learner Drivers to Have Motorway Lessons

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.  This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test.

Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.  Any motorways lessons will be voluntary, and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.

Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway, and the changes only apply to learner drivers of cars; learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.

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01/03/2018

Anniversary of Mobile Phone Penalty Increases

On 1 March 2017 the penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving doubled to a £200 fine and six points.  One year on the Department for Transport have reported that more than 26,000 motorists – including 500 novice drivers who had their licences revoked – have been caught using a mobile phone since tougher penalties came into force.

One year on THINK! is highlighting the chances of being caught in a series of adverts which will run on radio, social media, on demand video and in shopping centres, as part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Almost 2,000 motorists – 74% of whom were male – were handed fines as part of a national crackdown between 22-28 January, organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

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27/02/2018

Is My Vehicle Subject to a Safety Recall?

The DVSA has launched a new online service allowing buyers of used cars to check if a vehicle is subject to a safety recall.

The new service, which uses real-time data supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), allows anyone wanting to buy a used car, and existing car owners, to use the vehicle registration number to check if it may have a serious safety problem.

More than eight million used cars were sold in the UK during 2016, with figures from the SMMT suggesting that as many as one in 13 vehicles has an outstanding safety recall.

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15/02/2018

Tell DVLA Online

In the last year more than five million motorists received automatic refunds of vehicle tax after selling their car, totalling over £360 million.

When you tell DVLA that you’ve sold your car, you’re eligible for a refund of vehicle tax for any unused months.   The quickest and simplest way to tell DVLA that a vehicle has been sold is online, but the latest figures from DVLA show that more than 60% do not use the service. This means motorists will be waiting longer for their refund.

The online service only takes a few minutes to complete, the seller will get confirmation instantly that they are no longer the vehicle keeper, and the refund will arrive within three to five working days.  The service is available on GOV.UK, seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.

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29/01/2018

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

Although motorcyclists represent just 0.7% of road traffic in Wales, they account for 23% of killed or seriously injured road casualties.

As we all know, motorcyclists are often also drivers and depending on which mode of transport they use on a particular day, they could be drastically more at risk of being involved in a serious collision. Latest figures for Wales show that motorcyclists are 86 times more at risk of being killed or seriously injured than any other driver.

Reducing motorcycling casualties across Wales remains a key priority for partners in Road Safety Wales and raising awareness of the increased level of risk experienced by riders of motorcycles is one of the measures being used.

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