Protect Your Pets

With the current high temperatures across Wales, people are being reminded to protect their pets and not leave them in hot vehicles.

Every year animals are harmed or die by being left alone in cars and vans during warmer weather, even for a very short while.

Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths is reminding people to protect their pets as temperatures hit higher figures.

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New Trial to Banish Loud Engines and Exhausts on Britain’s Noisiest Streets

A search for Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT) with 4 areas across England and Wales set to trial new phase 2 technology to help stop rowdy motorists revving their engines unnecessarily or using illegal exhausts.

Since the technology is in design phase, MPs are being invited to submit applications to trial new innovative noise cameras in their local area, helping to ensure communities can enjoy their public and residential spaces peacefully.

The technology, backed by £300,000, can automatically detect when vehicles are breaking legal noise requirements, helping provide police and local authorities with the tools and evidence to take action against drivers who flout noise laws. Police have existing powers, including the ability to issue fines, but currently have trouble gathering evidence.

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Driver refresher workshops available for mature drivers in Powys

Mature drivers are being given the opportunity to revise and improve their road knowledge by taking advantage of a free, online driver theory course, organised by Powys County Council.

The Council's Road Safety Unit will be holding its Driver Theory Refresher workshop on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 18th May 2022
  • Wednesday 22nd June 2022

The course is a two hour, online informal workshop designed to update your knowledge of the road in an ever-changing environment, thus helping improve your driving skills and keep you driving safely. 

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CCTV enforcement vehicle delivering results in Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has invested in an enforcement vehicle fitted with the latest technology to help its fight against illegal parking.

Cameras on the parking enforcement vehicle photograph number plates and are enabling officers to prosecute offenders by way of penalty charge notices – civil offence charges rather than criminal.

“The cameras will be used by the parking department to capture vehicles parked illegally at zebra crossings, bus stops and zig zag markings around schools,” said Cabinet Member for Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas.

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Older Drivers Forum: Webinar on Highway Code Changes

The Older Drivers Forum is running a free webinar on the changes recently made to The Highway Code, as well as other driving tips.

The webinar will start by giving an update on the findings from the Older Drivers Task Force report published in November 2021. There will then be information about the changes to The Highway Code, offering advice on safe driving tips to help mature motorists carry on driving safely for longer.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to all the speakers in a Q&A section and the webinar will last for 90 minutes with a 10 minute break in the middle.

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Hang up! Motorists urged to put down their phone when driving

This week sees the start of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) 'National Using a Mobile Phone Whilst Driving Operation'.

Officers from the four Welsh police forces and GoSafe will be working with partners across Wales to educate road users on the risks of using a mobile phone while driving and encouraging the minority who choose risk over safety to make the safer choice.

The RAC Report on Motoring has repeatedly recorded that the use of mobile phones while driving has been the top concern for motorists in recent years.

This comes as no surprise when research shows motorists using their mobile phone while driving have poorer lane discipline and take longer to react to hazards; risking the safety of all road users.

We are asking drivers to make safety their first choice when driving, and to resist the temptation to look at and use their mobile phones for calls, texts, music playlists, social media, sat-nav or any other distracting apps.

Just like wearing a seatbelt at the start of a journey is second nature, please turn your mobile off at the start of every journey. Or, place your mobile in a signal blocking pouch or out of reach in your glove compartment. You can even set up your mobile to automatically send a message to anyone who calls or texts you informing them you are driving and will contact them as soon as you have reached your destination.

Superintendent Clark Jones-John said: “Driving and using a mobile phone do not mix. It is dangerous and could end in disaster. While driving our focus should only be on the road and our driving environment. By putting our mobile phones aside for the duration of a journey we will be playing our part in keeping our roads safe.”

The aim is to make Welsh roads safer for everyone and through educating road users on the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving and encouraging more people to think - 'Is that call or text really that important?' – we hope that more people will stand up for hanging up.

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Op Tramline: HGV used to detect motoring offences on M4

Gwent Police officers were back aboard an unmarked HGV last month as part of an operation to crack down on motoring offences on the M4.

Op Tramline involved officers driving an unmarked HGV cab to identify and film unsafe driving behaviour. The HGV is a useful tool, giving officers an elevated position to identify offences such as using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Drivers seen committing an offence were then stopped by roads policing officers.

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Renewal of Residential Parking Zone Permits

Residential parking permits in Rhondda Cynon Taf can now be renewed for use beyond March 2022

The Council is reminding those people who live in a residential parking zone that their annual permits need to be renewed by March 31 – and that they can now complete this process in advance of the deadline.

Each year, the Council undertakes a significant exercise to renew more than 3,000 residential parking permits. The existing parking permits are valid for the current financial year, ending on March 31, 2022 – and they need to be renewed for use from April 1, 2022.

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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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Speeding HGV Drivers Caught on the A55

Speeding HGV drivers were targeted last weekend as part of North Wales Police's ongoing commitment to safer roads.

Following recent public concern regarding speeding through the current roadworks on the A55 at Tal y Bont near Bangor, officers from the Roads Policing Unit carried out an operation.

A total of 13 drivers in foreign-registered vehicles were stopped and issued with Graduated Fixed Penalty Notices – meaning they had to pay ‘on the spot’ fines.

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