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22/04/2021

North Wales Police Highlights The Law On E-scooters

North Wales Police is urging people to know the law surrounding electric scooters or e-scooters before purchasing or using one.

E-scooters have increased in popularity over recent years, but there can be a lot of confusion around where they can be used. They are currently only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission, or as part of a Government trial.

The UK Government is currently taking part in ‘Future Transport Zone’ trials for e-scooter hire, with a view to making them legal to use on a road. At present, there are no trials in Wales.

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21/04/2021

Horsepower and Powerful Horses

Along with the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the improving weather and lighter evenings will no doubt be inspiring many of us to get out and enjoy the picturesque rural scenery that Wales has to offer.

As well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, horse riders are vulnerable road users but they can sometimes be overlooked as they don’t feature as highly in road casualties statistics.

Horses and their riders can be vulnerable on the road; a collision involving a horse and a vehicle can have life threatening consequences for the horse, the rider as well as the vehicle user.

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19/04/2021

Work on Llangollen Temporary Active Travel Scheme

Further work has taken place on a temporary active travel scheme in Llangollen. As part of the scheme in the town centre white lines have been painted on either side of the temporary rubber kerbs and bollards to make them more visible.

The temporary scheme was introduced to facilitate social distancing and make it easier for people to travel actively within the town centre.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, said, “Following some concerns a site inspection was undertaken by road safety engineers which found no issues of concern, however further work to enhance the scheme has taken place. This has included the painting of white lines.”

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15/04/2021

Latest Crackdown on Driving Offences in Newport

More than 40 drivers were reported for motoring offences as part of the latest phase of Operation Utah.

The multi-agency operation is designed to identify and tackle road users putting other motorists at risk – either by driving illegally or by driving vehicles not up to a safe standard.

The road safety operation took place on Friday, 9 April, at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) weighbridge and test site in Newport.

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14/04/2021

Caerphilly Council Becoming Cleaner and Greener

Caerphilly County Borough Council is continuing to take great strides in delivering on its commitment to help tackle the climate crisis and lower carbon emissions.

Public electric vehicle charge points were recently installed in 11 Council owned car parks in the county borough, as part of a Gwent-wide project which saw sixty-two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units installed at thirty-four sites across Gwent.

The project was delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities. A grant of £465,000 was provided for the project from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), with match funding provided by each local authority.

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13/04/2021

New Pavement Across Bridge To Improve Safety

Road safety works are underway across a bridge in a Swansea community in an effort to prevent accidents.

The railway bridge which crosses Pentre Road near Pontarddulais and is owned by Network Rail, is currently closed to traffic while maintenance work is completed.

Swansea Council has since been in discussions with Network Rail and has developed a road safety scheme to install a pavement across the bridge, helping pedestrians safely cross it once it reopens.

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09/04/2021

Traffic Lights Receive Overhaul in Active Travel Plans

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from the replacement of old traffic lights on a busy Merthyr Tydfil road as part of the Council’s plans for improving Active Travel across the county borough.

Work began on Tuesday 6th April on the signals at the junction of the A4102 where it intersects the A4054 Cyfarthfa Road and Nantygwenith Street, near Cyfarthfa Retail Park.

The lights are more than 20 years old and will have smarter technology to improve vehicle flow.  While the work is being carried out, the Council is also taking the opportunity to improve the shared use crossing facility along the Taff Trail.

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08/04/2021

Week-long Road Safety Operation Uncovers Several Offences

Overloaded vehicles, defective tyres, excess driver’s hours and drug driving were just some of the offences uncovered during a week-long road safety operation held recently in North Wales.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) took part in Operation Blue Yawl where over 100 vehicles, mainly commercial vehicles, were taken into the three sites to be checked.

Throughout the week officers uncovered a number of offences including:

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06/04/2021

Two Wheel Campaign Launches

A two-week, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) road safety campaign, to improve the safety of motorcyclists and cyclists, has commenced.

During 2019, 598 motorcyclists and 412 cyclists were killed or injured in collisions on Welsh roads. The campaign, which aims to improve awareness and behaviour among drivers and riders, will include enforcement and engagement activities alongside the promotion of safety messages and tips to reduce risk.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager and Chair of Road Safety Wales said, “If we all play our part and share the road responsibly, we can make every journey a safe journey for all road users. Let’s take care of each other on the road.”

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01/04/2021

Operation Darwen Returns

In 2019 there were a total of 595 motorcycle casualties on the roads of Wales, and sadly 22 motorcyclists lost their lives in a collision.

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable groups of road users, and they are at a higher risk of injury and collision than other road users.

Operation Darwen is an all Wales campaign which runs from early spring through until the autumn and is aimed at increasing awareness of motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.

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