The Car Theory Test Update

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce changes to the car theory test on Monday 28 September 2020.

The updates, which will make the test more realistic and improve the accessibility for all candidates, were postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the multiple choice section of the current theory test, video clip scenarios will replace the written case study and candidates will be asked 3 questions based on the short video.

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Project EDWARD

Gwent Police is joining forces from across the UK in participating in an operation to reduce the number of fatalities on roads across Europe.

‘Project EDWARD’ – which stands for ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’ is a European Roads Policing Network (Roadpol) operation. It is aimed at reducing road deaths, this year’s theme is around driving for work and the operation runs from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.

In line with the theme for 2020, Gwent Police officers will be engaging with communities and highlighting road risk, particularly as more vehicles return to routes.

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Help Merthyr Tydfil CBC to Make Streets Safer

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is seeking the views of residents who walk and cycle in and around the town centre.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen exceptional numbers of local residents out walking and cycling - either for leisure or to travel to shops and jobs.

The Welsh Government has developed a COVID-19 Sustainable Transport Fund to help councils ensure that effective social distancing measures are in place, especially in town centres. As a result, the Council has received £414,000 to investigate opportunities to enhance the pedestrian and cycling environment in the town centre and adjacent areas.

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Dutch Reach - A Change of Habit to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

Dutch Reach is a simple yet effective technique to prevent 'dooring' - a dreaded and all too common crash, caused when people exiting a vehicle suddenly open a door into the path of a cyclist, or other vulnerable road user.

As active travel increases, safer interaction between cars and bicycles is reliant on co-operation and a greater awareness from drivers regarding the presence of less protected road users.

Partners in Road Safety Wales are promoting the Dutch Reach, asking drivers and passengers to get into the habit of reaching across to the vehicle’s door with their far hand to open it.

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Appointment of Active Travel Board Chair

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, has appointed Dr Dafydd Trystan Davies as the Chair of the Active Travel Board. The appointment will be for 2 years.

The Active Travel Board was set up in 2014 to advise Welsh Government on the implementation of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and active travel policy more widely and to co-ordinate action among partner organisations.

Dr Dafydd Trystan Davies has previously served as an advisory board member of Sustrans in Wales and a director of Cycle Training Wales. In his capacity as chair of governors of Ysgol Hamadryad in Cardiff, he has been involved in the development of one of the most radical school travel plans in the country.

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‘School Streets' Promote Social Distancing and Active Travel

‘School Streets' road closures to promote social distancing and encourage active travel when pupils return to school. Cardiff Council is planning to implement School Street road closures to help pupils and families maintain social distancing when schools return for the Autumn term. 

In June, temporary road closures were introduced to create School Streets at 24 schools across the city when they reopened for the last few weeks of the summer term.

The streets selected for closures regularly experience problems with traffic and parking during school drop off and pick up times. Closing them to general traffic supported children and families to socially distance when arriving and leaving school.

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Pedestrian and Cycle Zones Set for Caerphilly Schools

With the re-opening of schools this week, Caerphilly County Borough Council will implement pedestrian and cycle zones at four schools across the county from the 1st of September.

One school from each corner of the county borough has been selected to take part in the pilot project. The scheme is to be initially installed on an experimental basis to enable its impact to be assessed before any permanent scheme is taken forward.  The experimental order would be in force for a maximum period of 18 months and would be monitored during that time.

The following schools will become pedestrianised and only disabled badge holders will be permitted to access the site during peak drop off and collection times.

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Families in Wales Encouraged to Consider 'Back to School' Transport Options

With the new school term about to start, families across Wales are being encouraged to consider the different transport options available for pupils returning to the classrooms from next week.

Pupils and students intending to travel to and from schools or colleges on scheduled public transport services are also being encouraged to think of others and act responsibly when travelling. Meanwhile, other public transport users are being urged to try to avoid non-essential journeys around the start and end of the school day in order to ensure sufficient capacity for the young travellers.

Pupils in Wales will begin returning at the start of the new term on Tuesday 2 September, with a two-week period for schools to finalise plans. The full return of pupils will come on Monday 14 September.

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Eira Wins Poster Competition

We were delighted to receive a photograph of Eira Wolksi holding her cheque for winning the recent Road Safety Wales Poster Competition.

Eira's 'Drive Safe' poster was one of five winning entries and despite being only 7 years old, the judges were really impressed with her artwork encouraging drivers to drive safely and not to exceed 20mph speed limits.

Congratulations once again Eira!

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New Resource to Support Child Pedestrian Training

Road Safety Wales partners have collaborated to produce a child pedestrian training video to share with school contacts and for inclusion on local authority websites and social media channels, for parents to use during the school holidays and beyond.

The resource has been created during lockdown at no real cost to the Road Safety Wales partnership, thanks to the input of Road Safety Officers and their much appreciated family volunteers. Special thanks go to Angharad Barrett of Blaenau Gwent CBC and Charlie Gordon of Swansea Council for their help in making this lockdown project possible.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children in Wales benefitted from pedestrian training or Kerbcraft at school, thanks to road safety grant funding from the Welsh Government. Social distancing requirements made practical training of this nature at school impossible; this package has been developed to assist in equipping children with pedestrian skills for life.

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