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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”