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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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26/10/2018

Safety Improvements to ‘EVO Triangle’

Safety on the road network referred to as the EVO Triangle will be improved thanks to £500,000 Welsh Government investment, Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced.

The funding, which will be for the for the first phase of a safety scheme, will see average speed cameras installed on the A543 in Denbighshire and Conwy, the section of the ‘EVO Triangle’ with the highest collision record. It will also allow the design and pre-installation works for the second and final phase of the full scheme to progress.

Incidents of dangerous driving involving excessive speed have taken place on the route and this plan of action, which is jointly led by Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council, aims to tackle such occurrences.

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25/10/2018

See and Be Seen!

As the clocks go back this weekend, longer periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, alongside worsening weather conditions, mean the risk of being involved in a road traffic collision increases.

Road Safety Wales is advising road users of the need to prepare and to take extra care in the darker conditions. In the dark it becomes even more important that pedestrians and cyclists make every effort to ensure they can be seen by other road users and that drivers look out for those who are walking and cycling.

Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales, said, “Drivers must check that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. All tyres must be undamaged, with sufficient tread and inflated to the correct pressure.

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19/10/2018

Review of the Highway Code

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a review of the Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.

The new Highway Code is expected to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic. It may also set new rules for giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

Cycling and Walking Minister, Jesse Norman said, “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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12/10/2018

Arrests, Searches and Vehicle Seizures - Operation Raptor Crackdown in Newport

Antisocial behaviour, drugs offences and suspicious vehicles were the subject of the latest Operation Raptor activity in Newport.

Between 4pm and midnight on Friday, 28th September 2018, officers from Gwent Police's Area Support Unit (ASU), East Tasking team, Dog Section, Neighbourhood and Response Policing Teams joined forces for the crackdown across the city.

Inspector Matt Havard, of ASU East, said: "The operation was intelligence-led, and focused on issues we know are important to our communities.

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09/10/2018

A Reminder For Extra Care Around The Crossing

A bright and bold new banner can now be seen at Cleddau Reach VC School in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, encouraging drivers to take extra care around the pedestrian crossing used by pupils.

Staff, parents and pupils were concerned that a small minority of motorists were not as vigilant as they could be when approaching the crossing in the busy car park. As a result, the school council launched a competition inviting pupils to design a banner encouraging drivers to be more careful.

Two hundred children took part in the competition and the school council shortlisted nine designs before asking the road safety team at Pembrokeshire County Council to select an overall winner.

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24/09/2018

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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19/09/2018

No Dropping, No Stopping, No Excuses

In response to issues around schools with some drivers parking on zig-zag lines, Neath Port Talbot’s road safety team along with South Wales Police and Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, have launched a fresh campaign to raise the profile of safe parking around local Primary schools.

Road Safety Primary School Coordinator, Chloe Lyons is currently delivering assemblies in every Primary school throughout Neath Port Talbot, talking to the children about the importance of being safe on the journey to and from school, encouraging children to tell parents to park safely and other road safety issues.

As part of this campaign the road safety team, supported by the police and fire service, have purchased “No dropping, No stopping, No excuses” banners. Each school in the county is receiving a banner to put outside their school to encourage parents to keep off the zig-zag lines.

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17/09/2018

Child Car Seat Information for Parents

The recent publication of a new Which? mystery shopper investigation into the sale of child car seats, may have left many parents wondering where they can get information to make the right choice when shopping for a child car seat.

A good place to start would be RoSPA’s Child Car Seats website, which will give you information to help you understand the different types of child car seats, how to choose the most suitable one and how to ensure it is correctly fitted.

If you prefer to gain information through e-learning, then a new free online course from CarSeatSmarter may be just what you are looking for.  Developed by Avon and Somerset Police in partnership with several other organisations, the course consists of six short videos on different car seat related topics.  After each of the films, there’s a short task to ensure your understanding.  All of the videos have been designed to help you navigate through the buying, installing and using child car seats.  The course can be accessed through the CarSeatSmarter website.

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