Gwent Police will once again be running a series of 1-day BikeSafe and 2-day 'Bridging the Gap' workshops between April and October which are specifically designed for motorcyclists looking for post-test training and have proved to be of benefit to riders of all levels and experience.
The workshops are a mix of theory and practical sessions and will include on-road observed rides, information videos and biker-related first aid.
The cost of a 1-day BikeSafe workshop is just £35 with the 2-day 'Bridging the Gap' workshop costing £60.
Creative Media students at Pembrokeshire College have devised short original films depicting the five main causes of road traffic collisions and injuries in Wales. The films highlight the dangers of drink and drugs, speed, carelessness, seatbelt non-compliance and the use of mobile phones – the Fatal 5.
Their creative work was entered into a competition run by the College in conjunction with the Road Safety Team at Pembrokeshire County Council.
The winning film was produced by Simon Latham, with Pierre Dizon and Megan Stanley commended as runners-up.
Since the introduction of seatbelt laws in the UK, tens of thousands of lives have been save by the simple act of belting up. Nevertheless, every day a small minority of people are risking travelling in a vehicle without using this vital safety device.
Police officers enforce seatbelt laws throughout the year and during the current all-Wales enforcement campaign efforts will be stepped-up to remind drivers and their passengers that non-compliance is not acceptable.
Drivers are also legally responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are using the correct child restraint for their height and age, or the adult seatbelt if they are over 135cms tall or over 12 years old.
The UK government will consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and minibuses to help keep road users safe.
The Department for Transport announced that it will consult on legislation to make it illegal for these vehicles to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over. This follows a research project, launched by the government last year, to look at whether the age of a tyre has a direct impact on its safety.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Keeping people safe on our roads is our priority, and we have been working hard to understand the link between tyre age and road safety. Emerging evidence and leading expert testimony shows us that we need to ban tyres over the age of 10 years from larger vehicles based upon the ‘precautionary principle’ – a move that will make our roads safer for everyone."
If you’re planning to drive abroad over the coming weeks and months, the driving documents you’ll need may change. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has issued the following advice which you can find below.
International Driving Permits
Before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, holders of UK licences can drive in all EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA) without the need for any additional documentation.
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.