News

13/06/2017

Driver Refresher Workshops in Powys

Mature drivers in Powys 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:

• Wednesday, June 21 – Rhayader
• Wednesday, July 19 – Llanelwedd
• Wednesday, August 9 – Brecon

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06/06/2017

One Fateful Day

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has produced a new ‘thought-provoking’ film designed to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations.

‘One Fateful Day’ tells the story of a male van driver, distracted by using his mobile phone as he talks to his office. He is also subsequently found to have been taking drugs and to be driving a defective vehicle – all of which have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for the driver, operations manager and company owner.

The film is the brainchild of Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and LCVs, who says the story illustrates some of the typical failings seen among van operators.

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31/05/2017

Don't Drive 'Whilst Under the Influence' this Summer

This summer, police officers across Wales will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running throughout June, on behalf of the four Welsh police forces.

Last summer in Wales, over 9500 motorists took part in the campaign, with more than 300 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

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10/05/2017

Seatbelt Campaign Results

Dyfed-Powys Police took the lead on the 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 clamped down on those continuing to ignore the law and endangering all road users.

Assistant Chief Constable, Liane James, said:

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24/04/2017

Tougher Punishments for Speeding Offences

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.  The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).

The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.  It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.

Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.

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18/04/2017

Driving Test Changes from December 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving and will only apply to car driving tests.

The four changes are:

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12/04/2017

Community Concern "You asked, We Did."

While GoSafe place cameras at sites where people have been killed or injured, they do not believe in waiting for people to be injured before they take action.

That is why mobile cameras also operate in areas where communities have complained that speed is endangering lives and a survey confirms that there is a genuine speeding problem.

One new site will shortly be enforced at Rhosesmor in Flintshire. This has been brought about due to concerns within the community. A speed survey showed that there was a potential speeding issue, and as a result a new site has been created.

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11/04/2017

ACT Before Travelling this Easter

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey.

Half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.

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10/04/2017

More than 13,000 Exceed Variable Speed Limit

Thousands of drivers have been caught speeding on the M4 around Newport since enforcement was introduced six months ago, new figures confirm.

The data, released by the Welsh Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, GoSafe, confirms more than 13,000 people have exceeded the variable speed limit.

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years. Fines have only been issued since October 10, 2016 following a 14-day period where advisory notices were sent out.

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03/04/2017

Captured a Driving Offence?

From today, members of the public will be able to submit footage and images of road traffic offences being committed on the roads of South Wales.

Working in partnership with Go Safe, Operation Snap will provide a safe alternative way to share footage of offences seen by motorists. Road traffic offences targeted as part of the operation will include – dangerous driving; driving without due care and attention; contravening solid white lines; mobile phone use; improper control of vehicle; contravening of red traffic lights.

Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said:

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