Road safety education
The Road Safety team is responsible for delivering education and training initiatives to improve road user safety, including programmes for schools and the general public. Details of services for schools can be found at Right Choice: Road Safety.
We are part of the Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership, working together with Wiltshire Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Swindon Borough Council and National Highways England to reduce the number and severity of casualties on our roads.
Bikeability training for children and young people
We offer Bikeability training through Wiltshire schools, mainly in Year 6 and above. Please ask at your child's school for more information.
If you are a school who are looking to host training, please check our service on the Right Choice: Road Safety portal.
Bikeability instructor training
If you are a qualified Bikeability instructor or are a confident and competent cyclist willing to gain a professional qualification and are interested delivering Bikeability training on our behalf, please contact us for details.
Pass Plus is a national training scheme aimed at improving the skills of newly qualified drivers and helping them drive more safely. The course be taken at any time although it should be most useful to new drivers in the year after passing their test. You can find out more about the scheme at GOV.UK Pass Plus.
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
We offer a discount of £70 on the cost of Pass Plus to drivers aged 17-25 years who live, work or study in Wiltshire. If you live elsewhere, your local council may offer a similar discount scheme - check their website for details.
Pass Plus further information and application form
Pass Plus - Pass Plus: Who is it for? What to expect?
Drive Plus is a Wiltshire scheme for experienced drivers who hold full UK licences.
Are you wanting to:
- return to driving after a significant break, such as illness, injury or living abroad?
- return to driving after a collision or other incident?
- re-gain your confidence and enjoyment of driving?
- achieve up-to-date, safe, systematic, fuel efficient driving?
- recognise whether and how your driving is changing as you get older?
- identify and address any bad driving habits you may have acquired over the years?
- reassure family or friends, if they are concerned about your driving?
- gain professional support to help make the decision to continue, or to retire from driving.
A Drive Plus practical assessment with one of our friendly local assessors could help to improve your confidence and help you to stay driving safely for longer. Assessments take place in your own car on local roads, and generally last 1-1½ hours with a debrief session and the chance to ask questions. The assessment costs £50 and payment for the Drive Plus assessment can be made using our online payment system: Civica: Online payments portal (Wiltshire Council Drive Plus assessment payment).
Drive Plus further information and application form
Drive Plus - Drive Plus: Who is it for? What to expect?
Drive Plus workshops give you the chance to explore key driving topics in more depth in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, whether in person or online.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
The Wiltshire Group of the RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (Wiltshire RoADAR) are a voluntary not for profit group who coach and mentor drivers and motorcyclists. They can help you to improve your road safety, enjoy your driving and riding more and save money on running costs, with free tuition and the chance to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. For further information, visit RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Wiltshire.
Wiltshire and Bath Advanced Motorcyclists
Wilts and Bath Advanced Motorcyclists offer guidance and mentoring on behalf of IAM RoadSmart. They offer free taster sessions to demonstrate how advanced riding techniques and skills could improve your confidence, ability and enjoyment of riding. For further information, visit Wilts & Bath Advanced Motorcyclists.
Biker Down Wiltshire provides free training for motorcyclists of all ages and all types of bike to enable people to support and help injured bikers until the emergency services arrive. Training in scene management, First Aid and the science of being seen is delivered by members of the Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services. For further information, visit Biker Down Wiltshire on Facebook or email email@example.com.
BikeSafe is a national police-run motorcycle initiative, aimed at working with motorcycle riders in a relaxed environment to raise awareness of the importance and value of progressing on to accredited post-test training. BikeSafe workshops involve an observed ride with a police graded motorcyclist or approved BikeSafe observer. For further information, visit Bike Safe (Wiltshire).
- CSW gives local people the power to help reduce traffic speeds in their communities. Volunteers are provided with special equipment and training by Wiltshire Police to enable them to record the speed of passing vehicles. Motorists caught speeding are sent a Police warning letter, and persistent offenders may face further action.
- SIDs are used to raise drivers' awareness of their speed. They are activated by an approaching vehicle and will display the vehicle's speed and either a reminder message to slow down or a 'thank you' for keeping within the speed limit.
- Civilian-deployed ANPR cameras can be used to record passing vehicles, their speed and registration details. This data can then be reported to the Police and used to aid intelligence about speeding hotspots for further action.
The new advice explains the criteria for Parish Councils and communities to apply for these measures to improve road safety in their local area.
Further information about the Wiltshire Community Speed Watch scheme and how to get involved can be found by contacting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC): Community Speedwatch.
You can also raise speeding and traffic issues via your local Area boards.
01225 713 700