News

16/11/2018

Preparing for Winter Driving

With colder days ahead, Powys County Council's Road Safety Unit has issued the following tips to help drivers prepare their vehicles for winter driving.

  • Have your vehicle serviced and check the anti-freeze
  • Check your lights, brakes and the battery are in good working order
  • Check the condition of your tyres; including the tread and pressures
  • Make sure your windscreen and windows are clear and regularly top-up your screen washer levels
  • Make sure your wipers are in good working order
  • Make sure you carry a spade, torch and a mobile phone. Keep a bottle of water and high-energy food in case of a breakdown. Carry extra clothing, including warm coat, gloves and hat
  • Drive slowly, with smooth, gentle application of accelerator, steering and, particularly, brakes
  • Beware of black ice. If the vehicle starts to skid, gently lift off the accelerator and steer in the direction of the skid

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, said: “In order to minimise collision risk, drivers need to adapt their driving to the different conditions.  Our tips will help drivers cope better with the various seasonal weather hazards.

“Short-term weather forecasts are now very accurate so listen to local and national weather broadcasts.  Tell someone your destination, what time you expect to arrive and avoid making your journey unless it is absolutely necessary.

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15/11/2018

Vehicle Checks On Anglesey

Anglesey Trading Standards recently joined forces with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and North Wales Police as part of an initiative to tackle road safety.

A total of 45 vehicles were stopped on the Gaerwen Industrial Estate and multiple checks carried out by the agencies in attendance. Checks were carried out on the roadworthiness of the vehicles and their MOT status, vehicle tax, driving licences and insurance in addition to verifying trade association membership, checking paperwork and providing guidance packs to 19 traders on legal requirements.

A number of infringements were identified on the day by the various agencies. These resulted in one immediate prohibition, one delayed prohibition on a vehicle with multiple defects, along with fines for expired MOTs, no driver CPC and excessive window tint.

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13/11/2018

Helping L Drivers Evaluation

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is currently conducting research to evaluate the use of the Helping Learner Drivers website, www.helpingldrivers.com to identify any ways in which it can be improved.

The website provides advice to novice drivers, motorcycle riders and their families on learning to drive or ride. The information covers the whole process, from private practice and professional driving lessons until after the practical test.

Young drivers and their families are being asked to take a look at the website and complete the evaluation survey which can be found here.

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12/11/2018

Cardiff Council Proposals to Tackle Problem Vehicles

Owners of untaxed vehicles and persistent traffic and parking offenders in Cardiff face having their wheels clamped or having their vehicle removed by the Council.

Using existing devolved powers and DVLA permission the Council's traffic enforcement officers could soon be able to clamp and remove vehicles that are causing a nuisance across the city. Cardiff Council's Cabinet will decide on Thursday, November 15th, whether to adopt the new powers.

Problems which could then be targeted in any clampdown include:

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08/11/2018

Council Invests in Driver Training

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Fleet Management Team runs a rigorous range of in-house CPC and HGV driver assessments for its own staff, neighbouring local authorities, private organisations and individuals.

The council operates a wide range of vehicles across its services, including grass-cutting, refuse collection, minibuses, home-to-school and community transport operations, winter gritting, street lighting and many others.

Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, pictured with Carl Dallimore (CCBC Driver Trainer) said, “The council’s investment in regular in-house CPC and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency accredited HGV training not only demonstrates a real commitment to the future of its staff and to its residents, but ensures that our drivers perform in accordance with strict industry guidelines.”

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06/11/2018

Barry Bike Club Celebrated

Members of Barry Bike Club at Tŷ Iolo, Barry, were awarded for their hard work at the club’s final session of the year.

The club was first introduced at Tŷ Iolo play area, through the Vale of Glamorgan's Communities First programme, to help reduce health inequities through the promotion of physical activity.

Following a revamp to the club in April this year, the sessions have attracted more than 89 children to the Tŷ Iolo play area, with participants learning to cycle safely in an off-road environment, how to balance through scooting, and how to safely start, stop and negotiate turns.

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05/11/2018

Autumn Motorcycling

With shorter days and colder temperatures, motorcyclists are being reminded how essential it is to check that lights are working properly and that any kit they wear is in good condition.

Weather conditions are changeable at this time of year; cold nights can catch you unaware and lower temperatures bring morning frost and ice. In its latest blog, Wales by Bike is reminding bikers to never be complacent because shaded areas and bridges take longer to thaw and could still be wet and icy long after the sun starts shining.

Dressing appropriately is a must as it can get particularly tiring when riding for long periods in cold weather, so keep warm! Avoid kit that’s too bulky - it can make you even more exhausted and the added weight may affect how you ride. Investing in some heated gear can make a huge difference on a long journey, even if it’s just a pair of heated gloves.

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01/11/2018

Consultation on School Transport Provision in Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is seeking public opinion on its plans to change the current home to school transport provision for school children across the county.

“The current provision doesn’t align with the school admissions policy, which means Merthyr Tydfil students are travelling to schools outside the County Borough when suitable schools are available within it,” said Cabinet Member for Learning Cllr Lisa Mytton.

A number of options are being considered for the future of the service. Students, parents/carers, schools/colleges, residents and other stakeholders are being asked to share their views on the options under consideration in an extensive consultation exercise including an online questionnaire and a series of drop-in events being held across the county borough in the coming weeks.

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29/10/2018

Swansea Pothole Repair Scheme Hits a Landmark 10,000 Repairs

In 2016, Swansea Council made a pledge that all potholes reported to a new hotline would be repaired within 48 hrs.

Latest performance figures show that the Council has repaired 10,864 potholes, the majority within the promised timescale.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said, "The scheme has been a great success. When we launched it in 2016, we were keen not only to improve our roads but also to give residents confidence that when they contacted the council to report a pothole, it would be repaired.

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26/10/2018

Making Roads Safer: Operation Utah Takes Place in Torfaen

Gwent Police joined forces with a wide range of partner agencies recently, for the latest staging of Operation Utah, a multi-agency operation designed to deny criminals the use of roads in Gwent and crackdown on vehicles putting other motorists at risk.

Operation Utah can take place at any location in Gwent but on this occasion, the team were based at a checkpoint close to Pontypool. During the course of the day, a large number of vehicles were intercepted on routes including the A4042 and surrounding roads by police officers and brought into the site for a variety of checks by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Representatives of HMRC, the Department for Work and Pensions, Immigration, Torfaen CBC and other agencies undertook checks on driving licences, insurance and vehicle tax enquiries, vehicle defects, benefits being claimed by occupants, any illegal use of red diesel and other offences.

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