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29/06/2022

UK Government launches country’s first ever investigation branch focused on road safety

The UK government will recruit a specialised team of inspectors to join the country’s first ever Road Safety Investigation Branch (RSIB), looking at how and why incidents happen and to provide real insight into how new technologies – such as self-driving and electric vehicles – can be rolled out on our roads. 

The branch will investigate themes in the causes of collisions, as well as specific incidents of concern, to learn valuable road safety lessons. It will make independent safety recommendations to organisations, such as government and police forces, to better shape the future of road safety policy and provide better, greener and safer journeys for people right across the country. 

The specialised unit will also provide vital insight into safety trends related to new and evolving technologies, which could include self-driving vehicles, e-scooters and electric vehicles (EVs), to ensure the country maintains some of the highest road safety standards in the world and exciting new technology is deployed safely. 

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28/06/2022

New pilot scheme aims to help disabled people maintain mobility and independence

A new pilot scheme is being introduced this year to help disabled people access a parking space near their property if they don’t have a driveway.

Pembrokeshire County Council will be accepting applications for Disabled Persons Parking Places (DPPPs) from Monday 20th June for a six-week period.  

For the first year of the scheme a maximum of ten places will be available. If the pilot is a success, more places will be installed in the coming years and applicants who meet the criteria will go onto the waiting list if they are not successful this year.

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23/06/2022

Progressing a Default 20mph Speed Limit for Communities Across Wales

The planned national 20mph speed limit for residential roads across Wales has moved a step nearer, with the laying of the legislative order which allows a vote to take place in the Senedd.

With strong cross-party support for a reduction to the speed limit on restricted roads across Wales from 30mph to 20mph, the change, which is anticipated to be introduced in September 2023, is intended to bring the following benefits:

  • a reduction in road collisions and their severity
  • more opportunities to walk and cycle in communities
  • improvements to health and wellbeing
  • safer residential streets; and
  • safeguarding the environment for future generations.

A 20mph default speed limit is a bold Welsh Government commitment to make cities, towns and villages in Wales safer and better places in which to live and work.

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17/06/2022

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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16/06/2022

More Funding for Walking and Cycling in Swansea

Walking and cycling routes in Swansea are set to be expanded after Swansea Council secured millions in Welsh Government funding.

 The Council has received confirmation from the WG of more than £8 million of transport funding which will be invested in the city's growing walking and cycle network.

Part of the funding will also be used to improve main routes in the city for public transport, in a bid to improve bus services and speed up journeys for passengers.

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15/06/2022

Conwy’s First Electric Recycling Truck

The first electric powered recycling truck has joined Conwy County Borough Council’s fleet of vehicles.

The Council’s waste team took delivery of the Welsh Government funded vehicle on 1st June 2022 and it completed its first recycling round in Llandudno.

The truck, supplied by Romaquip, can travel up to 100 miles between charges based on 180kwh and is quieter than traditional diesel-powered vehicles. It is the 17th electric vehicle in the Council’s fleet, which already includes electric grass cutters, vans and cars.

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08/06/2022

Merthyr Tydfil Takes Clean Transport Strides with Tony’s Taxis and Green Fleet

A long-established Merthyr Tydfil taxi driver has become the first in the county borough to launch an electric vehicle service.

The Council is hoping that other proprietors will follow in the footsteps of Anthony Brown, who has run Tony’s Taxis and Minibus Hire for the past 20 years, and take advantage of an initiative to help them do so.

The Council’s Welsh Government-funded ‘Green Fleet’ Scheme is a ‘try before you buy’ programme which allows taxi drivers to ‘borrow’ a fully electric, wheelchair accessible vehicle for 30 days free of charge.

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06/06/2022

Bridgend County Borough Council awarded Active Travel Fund grant of just over £5 million

Bridgend County Borough Council is delighted to have secured a grant worth just over £5 million as part of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund.

The funding will benefit residents by creating safe and accessible cycling and walking routes which will encourage people to not be so reliant on cars.

This will also play a key part in helping Bridgend County Borough Council achieve its target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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01/06/2022

Works continues to remove trees affected by ash dieback disease

Work is continuing throughout Carmarthenshire to remove council owned diseased ash trees affecting the highway.

Specialist contractors have recently been carrying out felling works throughout the night on the A4138 Hendy link road to remove dead and dying trees that pose a risk to road users and pedestrians.

Ash dieback is a fungal disease, it spreads from the leaves through to the branches, causing the tree to die. Dead branches and entire dead trees can become very brittle and fall, posing a serious risk to the public.

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26/05/2022

Popular School Crossing Patrol Officer Wins National Award

Llangwm School Crossing Patrol officer Lisa Brock has received a Road Safety Wales award for 25 years of dedication to helping children cross the road to the village primary school.

To celebrate her achievement, a giant walk to school event took place this week with hundreds of pupils and parents taking part – much to Mrs Brock’s surprise!

The walk was followed by the presentation of the award in assembly, where Cleddau Reach VC Headteacher Rhys Buckley thanked her for ‘keeping children safe and making a difference to their day with a smile and a kind word’.  

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