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Road safety


The road safety team looks at ways to improve the behaviour of motorised road users, from cars to motorbikes, along with pedestrians and cyclists. We provide road safety education schemes for schools and the public, details of which are published below.

The Department for Transport website also provides useful information on the transport network.

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Bikeability

Look at Bikeability for information.

National standard instructor training

Look at The National Standard for cycle training for information.

If you have any queries contact us at roadsafetyeducation@wiltshire.gov.uk or call Tina Giles at 01225 713700

Alternatively you can write to us at:

National Standard Instructor Training,
Road Safety,
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire,
BA14 8JN

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Safer Driving With Age (SAGE)

SAGE is designed to provide support for older drivers with the aim to enhance confidence and enjoying of driving.

A SAGE session can help you to:

  • Return to driving after an illness or operation
  • Return to driving after a collision
  • Re-gain your confidence and enjoyment in driving
  • Iron out any bad driving habits you may have acquired over the years
  • Achieve up-to-date, safe, systematic, fuel efficient driving

A SAGE assessment includes a short driving session of approximately 40 minutes and a discussion and debrief after your drive with the instructor who will make any suggestions that would help improve your driving. The total session time is 1– 1½ hours on roads you normally use, in your local area, driving your own vehicle. You can use the instructor's car but this may incur and extra charge.

The assessment costs £35 and you can apply by completing the sage application form document found at the bottom of this page.

The Safe to drive website from GEM Motoring Assist website has some video resources for senior drivers.

Pass Plus

Wiltshire Council offer a limited number of grants to Wiltshire residents only. To take advantage of the scheme please see the attached leaflet (below) for further information.

Pass Plus is a training course specifically aimed at new drivers, designed by the Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.  Pass Plus will build upon your existing skills and knowledge, it will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with hazards, and can help you to become more confident on the roads.

Pass Plus is made up of 6 practical modules

  • Town Driving
  • All-weather Driving
  • Driving out of town
  • Night driving
  • Driving on dual carriageways
  • Driving on motorways  

Please refer to the links below for further information:

Pass Plus

www.firstcar.co.uk

For any queries please email roadsafetydriving@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Wiltshire Council Road Safety team provides the Safe and Considerate Driving course (SCD) on behalf of Wiltshire Police. The total course time is 8 hours, including registration and breaks. The cost of the course is £185 (subject to review each April).

Courses are held at:
Wiltshire County Scout Centre
Potterne Wick
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 5QT

When are courses available?
Courses are usually held twice a month and are always on a Wednesday. Please refer to the NDORS website to find courses available to you. When you have selected your preferred date from the DORS website you can request a place, subject to availability. Please note your place is not confirmed until we have spoken to you and sent a letter confirming details of payment, date and venue.

What does attending the course involve?
The Safe and Considerate Driving Course is a two-part course aimed at those drivers who have been involved in a collision without serious consequences, where their driving has amounted to a lapse of concentration or an error of judgement. Part one of the course is conducted in the classroom, followed by a break with part two being conducted on the road under the supervision of a qualified Driving Coach.

How much will the course cost?
The cost for the course is currently £185, payable in full by credit/debit card at least one week before the start of the course.

What are the timings for the course?



8.45am - 12.30pm
Classroom theory session (Break 11am-11.15am. Tea/coffee provided)
12.30pm - 1pm
Lunch break (Lunch is not provided - you will need to bring a packed lunch)
1pm - 1.20pm
Classroom planning session
1.20pm - 4.20pm
Practical driving session
4.20pm - 4.45pm
Classroom planning session
4.45pm
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How much training is on the road?

You will be accompanied by a qualified Driving Coach for about three hours, including a short comfort/refreshment break. Some of the time will be spent as a passenger, observing other people behind the wheel as there may be up to two clients to a car.

Is a car provided?
Yes. A modern manual, dual-controlled and fully-insured car will be provided.
A car with automatic transmission can be provided where the course is marked as being available for automatics.

Who are the instructors?
The theory session is run by a team of qualified Trainers who may be Road Safety Team staff or Driving Instructors. For the practical sessions you will be with an Approved Driving Instructor, who is qualified as a Driving Coach for this course.
All the Trainers and Driving Coaches are civilians.

Is the course content the same everywhere?
The content of the SCD course is standard across the UK.

Is there a test?
There is no test, but satisfactory completion of the course is required.

What happens after the course?
Following satisfactory completion of the course you will be advised by the police, by letter, that no further criminal proceedings will be taken in regard to the incident for which you attended the course.

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Look at Bike Safe for information

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Information about community speed watch (CSW), the objectives and becoming involved can be found by contacting Wiltshire Police.

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Last updated: 25 April 2019 | Last reviewed: 25 April 2019