Checking motorcycles after the winter months

North Wales Police is appealing to bikers to take extra care as many will be preparing to get back on the road after the winter months.

With the weather forecast predicted to be sunny for the coming days and the start of British Summer Time from Sunday 27th March, riders are being advised to check their bikes over carefully, as many will be getting machines out of storage for the first time as the weather improves.

Sergeant Leigh Evans of the Roads Policing Unit said, “Motorcycles may not be roadworthy after being locked up over winter, even if they were in good condition on the day they went into storage.

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Free Enhanced Motorcyclist Rider Scheme

Motorcyclists are invited to sign up to a free enhanced riders training course to help improve their riding skills and the safety of Powys roads.

With funding from the Welsh Government, Powys County Council's Road Safety team is providing these courses free of charge to any motorcyclists who live in Powys or use Powys' roads.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Enhanced Rider Scheme is suitable for full motorcycle licence holders who want to improve their riding skills, for those returning to riding after a break, riders who have just passed their test, people upgrading to a more powerful motorcycle and/or those who want to check their riding standard.

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First Bike on Scene (FBoS) in Neath Port Talbot

Spaces have become available for the First Bike on Scene (FBoS) course this Sunday, 23rd January in Neath Port Talbot.

First Bike on Scene is a one day nationally recognised First Aid course for motorcyclists. It is accredited by the Quality Casualty Care Alliance (QCCA) and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to deal with the initial management of a causality involved in a road traffic collision or any incident where injury is sustained.

Bikers will be encouraged to provide necessary Basic Life Support (BLS) in the event while waiting for emergency services.

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North Wales Police Community Speed Watch Scheme

North Wales Police is currently recruiting Community Speed Watch volunteers force-wide. The role involves working with North Wales Police with the aim to:

  • Reduce the risk of death, injury and collisions
  • Improve the safety and quality of life for local communities
  • Increase public awareness of speeding and other traffic offences

Monitoring locations are chosen by the volunteers who are then trained in the use of hand-held speed monitoring devices to record the speed of motorists driving through their village or parish.

Operating at the roadside in 20, 30 or 40mph zones, volunteers monitor the speeds of passing vehicles using portable or tripod mounted speed indicator devices. Some devices signal their speed to the drivers, others don’t. The volunteers record the speed and details of vehicles travelling above the speed thresholds. The registered keepers of vehicles observed exceeding these limits are then sent warning letters by the Police.

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Motorcyclists: Have you got a CRASH Card?

Road Safety Wales is encouraging all motorcyclists to take advantage of a free scheme which could be lifesaving in the event of a collision.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use a CRASH Card, but if the worst happens a medical professional will be able to see the green dot on the right hand corner of your visor/helmet and can look for the card inside the helmet lining.

The details that you write on the card could provide vital information for attending ambulance crews, saving valuable time and helping treatment, especially if you’re unconscious or unable to communicate.

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Operation Red Mana: Tackling Off-Road Bikes

South Wales Police is aware of the impact that off-road bikes is having on communities across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

A number of operations with Cardiff Council’s off-road team have already been carried out this summer and these will continue.

A dedicated e-mail address is available for the public to report non-urgent information about the illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes.

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New 20mph Speed Limit to be Introduced in Llanelli

A new 20mph speed limit is being introduced in a large area of Llanelli as part of a Welsh Government rollout to reduce the national default speed limit.

Llanelli North, which covers Dafen, some parts of Felinfoel and the Llanerch area, has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.

Evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries, and in particular, where 20mph limits are introduced, there is a reduction in the number of casualties.

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Biker Down! Cymru Online

Are you a resident or road user in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys?

Would you like to learn what to do if you are first on scene at a motorcycle collision?

A new online version of the popular Biker Down! Cymru course has recently been launched. The course is delivered by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and is available free of charge to residents and road users of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys thanks to Welsh Government funding.

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Wishing You Could Have Stayed in Bed a Bit Longer Today?

After some miserable weather to start the year, the sunshine and warmer days have been welcomed by most people!

However, for those spending most of the day at home or those who don’t have the luxury of air conditioning in their workplace, the heat can be exhausting. Coupled with higher temperatures at night making it difficult to sleep for the past few days, some people may be unaware of the risks of driving while tried. 

A driver or rider who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve so unfortunately collisions tend to involve high speed impacts, often resulting in death or serious injury.

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Operation SNAP Submitters Portal Goes Live

GoSafe has launched a brand new Operation SNAP Submitters Portal.

The webpage will allow members of the public who submit footage via Operation SNAP to access updates on the outcome of their submissions, as well as be informed on the retention requirements of the original footage they submitted.

Since 2017, members of the public have been submitting footage of dangerous and careless driving they have witnessed on the roads of Wales to the Police via Operation SNAP.

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