News

20/02/2019

Driving Abroad After Brexit – Things Are Changing

If you’re planning to drive abroad over the coming weeks and months, the driving documents you’ll need may change. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued the following advice.

International Driving Permits

Before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, holders of UK licences can drive in all EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA) without the need for any additional documentation.

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19/02/2019

Results of the All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign

A campaign by the four Welsh police forces to target those getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs during December resulted in over 500 arrests being carried out.

Led by North Wales Police, the month-long campaign saw 368 arrests for drink driving and 179 for drug driving, across Wales.

In North Wales more people tested positive for drugs than alcohol, with officers arresting 83 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 84 for drug driving.

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12/02/2019

Council Drives Home The Vehicle Weight Safety Message

Denbighshire County Council is cracking down on motorists who could be putting lives at risk by overloading their vehicles.

The Council works closely with its partners from North Wales Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to raise awareness of the dangers around overloading vehicles, but also carrying out random checks to see whether people are complying with the law.

Since September 2017, 338 vehicles have been weighed in Denbighshire. 58 of those vehicles were reported for action, 30 written warnings issued, 14 verbal warnings/advice issued and a number of other offences identified, including the use of red diesel, no tax and insurance, no licence, unsafe loads, faulty tyres, faulty suspension, loose wheels and drug driving.

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06/02/2019

RoSPA Evaluation of Group Riding Advice

RoSPA has recently published a series of video clips containing advice on group riding, where a motorcycle trainer shares his experiences of organising group rides. The clips are designed for those who have not organised a group ride before and contain advice to help riders ensure maximum safety and enjoyment while taking part in their group ride, whilst avoiding common pitfalls.

The video clips feature Kevin Bryan, a motorcycle trainer with over 28 years of experience. You can find the full suite of videos here.

Evaluation

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04/02/2019

Metal Thefts in Cardiff Compromise Safety

A spate of 76 thefts of drain covers has taken place in Cardiff in January, with a predicted cost to the taxpayer of £20,000

The thefts have taken place in wards across the city including Cyncoed; Rumney; Llanishen; Penylan; Roath; Pontprennau; Thornhill; Fairwater; St Mellons and Radyr.

With the scrap metal value of cast iron between £100 and £160 a ton, and each grid weighing in at 45 kilos, the maximum the thieves have made from these thefts is £340.

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30/01/2019

Vehicle Checks Carried Out In Gwynedd

A joint operation between North Wales Police and Gwynedd Council’s Licensing Team recently carried out checks on taxis and light goods vehicles in the Caernarfon and Bangor areas.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit which included the Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and Local Policing stopped vehicles at checkpoints in both areas on Friday, 25th January. Routine compliance checks were given on the vehicle’s condition/roadworthiness with officers from Gwynedd Council checking licensing documentation.

Several vehicles were checked during the day including a taxi which was found to have a defective tyre. The driver was issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) which will result in a fine and penalty points on his licence. A van which was carrying scaffolding poles which were found to be protruding dangerously was directed to a nearby weighbridge in Caernarfon and was also found to be overloaded. The driver was issued with TORs for carrying a dangerous load, being overloaded and an expired driving licence.

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28/01/2019

Camera Enforcement Van To Help Keep Pupils Safe

The safety of children around schools is paramount and Neath Port Talbot Council believes the school vicinity should be a safe haven and not a threat caused by parking issues.

The Council’s Road Safety Team has carried out a county-wide School Gate Parking campaign in partnership with South Wales Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to produce banners to be displayed outside all schools to raise awareness as well as delivering education to all pupils - encouraging them to be a positive influence on those taking them to school.

Enforcement for persistent drivers however appears to be the most effective way to tackle this growing issue.

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25/01/2019

Workshops For Mature Drivers In Powys

Mature drivers in north Powys are being given the opportunity to brush up on their road knowledge thanks to an informal workshop organised by the county council.

Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop in Welshpool on Tuesday, 5 February at 1.30pm for two hours.

Aimed at drivers in the county aged 65 years and over, the two-hour classroom-based informal workshop will provide attendees a refresh of the Highway Code and driver licence requirements. It will also cover topics including night-time driving, medicine and alcohol laws and personal safety behind the wheel. Attendees will also be provided with details of a practical one-hour driving assessment if wanted.

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22/01/2019

More Cycling Routes In Development In Swansea

Swansea Council has started a number of schemes in the city to create more cycle routes and encourage families to ditch the car and cycle to work, school or just for fun.

The improvement works follow a successful bid to the Welsh Government for more than £2 million of Active Travel Funding which was allocated to Swansea in the summer of 2018.

A widening scheme of the popular promenade cycle track near Sketty Lane is almost complete and further schemes included in the programme have started.

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17/01/2019

37 Years Of Service To The Community

Popular School Crossing Patrol Officer Sandrea Howells of Stop and Call in Goodwick has hung up her hi-vis jacket after nearly four decades of helping children to cross the road in Fishguard.

Since 1981, Mrs Howells has helped several hundred schoolchildren to cross Vergam Terrace outside Holy Name Catholic Primary School.

The dedicated School Crossing Patrol Officer was presented with gifts and cards by pupils and staff at a special assembly last week, and thanked by Headteacher Abigail Davies for her hard work over many years, “Sandrea has kept generations of children safe, and the pupils and staff alike will miss her very much.”

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