South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been hailed as World and UK extrication champions.
The world beating team of six took on the UK Fire and Rescue Services to retain the national title for the second year in a row.
Just one week after being named as World Champions in Romania, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s team of six from Bridgend have also retained their national champion title after competing at the United Kingdom National Rescue Challenge in Hull. This double success in consecutive years has never been achieved by any team before.
North Wales Police are reminding motorcyclists to take security measures to reduce the risk of their vehicle being stolen.
There are a number of ways that you can help to make the theft of your vehilce more difficult, or recovery of it easier.
Have an approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted.
If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks.
Secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
Always put a steering lock on.
When not in use, put it in a garage or secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor. Fit a good lock and an alarm system to your garage or outbuilding.
Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered, even when you are at home. Some motorbikes and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorbike spotted by a thief could be stolen later.
Mark your motorbike with its vehicle identification number (VIN).
Think about where you park your bike; use a parking space built specifically for motorbikes or scooters. They will have stands or security loops.
A virtual reality app is being developed at the University of South Wales (USW) to help teach road safety to primary school children.
USW academic Dr Catherine Purcell (Psychology), an expert in the link between perception and action at the roadside, is leading the project alongside co-investigator Dr Mike Reddy (Computing), a games design expert, after they were awarded funding from the Road Safety Trust (RST).
The funding is being used to develop a virtual reality game-based road safety education app, which will be tested for ‘proof-of-concept’ in Welsh primary schools.
A driver has been fined £800 at the roadside after breaching HGV drivers’ hours offences.
The 25-year-old, who was driving a 44-ton vehicle that is registered in the Republic of Ireland, was stopped only two weeks-ago for similar offences whilst travelling along the A55 on Anglesey.
The driver was stopped as part of a road safety impact day carried out by the Roads Policing Unit and Commercial Vehicle Unit at the weighbridge in Dalar Hir. A vehicle examiner from North Wales Police’ Forensic Collision Investigation Unit also joined the team to inspect vehicles and a Special Constable from the Force Specials Road Safety Unit assisted during the day.
Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today (13 August 2017).
The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.
Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car.
Parents are encouraged to watch a new video produced to highlight common ‘routing’ problems, which could endanger the lives of young children being carried in car seats.
The Good Egg Safety video, shows parents how to fix simple errors such as where the carry handle should be safely positioned on the seat. Good Egg Safety says the thousands of free child-car seat checks it carries out across the UK each year have shown that the errors highlighted in the video are on the rise.
As well as watching the video, Good Egg Safety is recommending that parents re-read their car seat instruction manual.