Road racing deaths in wales

As ADI’s we try to teach the pupils everything we can for the roads. Sadly we can’t give them years worth of experience or hindsight. New driver, 17, dies in crash with girl- friend and best friend on mountain ‘racing road’
Rhodri Miller & girlfriend Alesha O’Connor die along with
best friend Corey Price when they smash into oncoming car
in Brecon Beacons three days after he passes test
A teenager passed his driving test just three days before he
was killed along with his girlfriend and best friend in a crash on a notorious mountain pass used for road racing.
Rhodri Miller, 17, was driving with his girlfriend Alesha O’Connor and best friend Corey Price, both 17, when they smashed into an oncoming car.
A-level pupil Rhodri was celebrating passing his test on Tuesday by going for a “cruise” with friends in his green VW Golf on Friday night as part of a convoy of six cars before the road smash.
His friend Corey was a promising young footballer who trained with the Cardiff City Football Academy.
The crash also claimed the life of 68-year-old Margaret Challis, who was a front seat passenger in an black Volkswagen Golf estate that collided head-on with Rhodri’s green Volkswagen Golf.
Five teenage boys, aged 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving on the notorious stretch of the A470, which sweeps through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Dyfed Powys Police said they have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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Social media lifts deaths

The article speaks for itself.
Schoolboys aged 13 and 14 killed in car crash and their driver, 21, who ‘picked them up without their parents’ permission af- ter offering friends lifts on Facebook’
George Wharton, 14 and Rhys Baker,13 died after the crash and two other 14-year-olds suffered life-threatening injuries.
Tom McMeekin, (pictured) named as the 21-year-old who was driving
the blue Citroen, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Police are investigating claims Mr McMeekin was operating an unli- censed taxi after offering friends lifts at rates ‘cheaper than a taxi’ on Facebook.
Tom McMeekin, 21, was driving the car when it crashed into a tree. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident which took place in Morley, West Yorkshire, on Saturday afternoon.
Today a relative of the younger of the pair described his death as ‘such a shock’. Two other teenagers, named locally as Kameron Walters, 14 and 15-year-old Joshua Van Veen, remain in critical condition in hospital.

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Parking grace

A new law giving motorists 10 minutes grace in council owned spaces in England has been passed.

Drivers in England will get 10 minutes’ grace before being fined if they stay too long in council- owned car parking spaces, the government has announced.
It is one of several changes, expected to take effect later this month, which include new restrictions on the use of CCTV cars issuing automatic fines.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said he wanted to end the “war on drivers”
But councils said many already allowed 10 minutes’ leeway and raised concerns about the safety of other changes.
According to figures from the RAC Foundation, councils in England made a combined surplus of £667 million from their on and off-street parking operations in 2013-14. By law, any surplus councils make from parking fees must be ploughed back into transport projects such as road improvements. Westminster Council, which made a £51m surplus from parking fines, said it already applied a “common-sense approach to parking”.

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The Dsa and vosa combined into Dvsa. As such the are advertising for examiners and roadside inspectors. See below

Please also note that the DVSA are seeking to recruit new examiners for the following areas:

Aberdeen, Bristol, Caernarvon, Chelmsford, Dover, Edinburgh, Gillingham (Kent), Glasgow, Gloucester, Inverness, Ipswich, Kilmarnock, Leeds, Leighton Buzzard, Llantrisant, Oxford, Pontypool, Poole, Potters Bar, Romford, Royston (Hertfordshire), Swindon, Wrexham

You will find all the details of recruitment below.

Have a good, safe and enjoyable weekend,


Barbara Trafford
Managing Director
The ADI Federation Ltd
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We’re recruiting Vehicle Examiners across Great Britain. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 1 April 2015.

DFT/163/15/DVSA Vehicle Examiner
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Closing date: 1 Apr 2015

Reference number
£24,122 – £25,328
Executive Officer
Post type
Business area
Type of role
Operational Delivery
Working pattern
This/these jobs are full time and not suitable for part time or job share applicants
Number of posts


Aberdeen, Bristol, Caernarvon, Chelmsford, Dover, Edinburgh, Gillingham (Kent), Glasgow, Gloucester, Inverness, Ipswich, Kilmarnock, Leeds, Leighton Buzzard, Llantrisant, Oxford, Pontypool, Poole, Potters Bar, Romford, Royston (Hertfordshire), Swindon, Wrexham

See Postcode list.

About the job

Job description
This vacancy is now open at Stage 4 – External recruitment

The purpose of the role is to:

Contribute to the maintenance and improvement of road safety and environmental standards.

You may be required to:

• Carry out roadside inspections of all types of vehicles to ensure compliance with relevant legislation at fixed enforcement sites, other roadside locations, coach parks, motorway service areas, or as part of a DVSA/Police mobile patrol.
• Carry out inspections of all types of vehicles at DVSA or other third party locations to ensure compliance with relevant legislation for the purposes of annual test, other specialist schemes and operator licensing.
• Compile reports, collect evidence and where necessary issue prohibition notices, fixed penalty notices, test certificates, other test documentation and immobilise vehicles which on occasions may involve handling cash.
• Inspection of vehicles that have been involved in a collision, other accident or in connection with an alleged safety defect.
• Instigation of prosecution or other enforcement action against operators and drivers who break relevant regulations.
• Prepare case papers and recommendations on investigations for the instigation of court proceedings.
• Present cases at Magistrate’s Court in England and Wales and in Scotland instigate proceedings for a trial in a Sheriff court, on behalf of the Secretary of State.
• Give evidence at Court and Public Enquiries as witness
• In Scotland prepare case papers for the Procurators Fiscal.
• Supervise and monitor the MOT testing scheme, investigate complaints and prepare reports and recommendations on potential disciplinary action.
• Carry out inspections on all types of vehicles to ensure compliance with relevant legislation in respect to the MOT testing scheme.
• Carry out mystery shopper investigations.
• Inspect proposed testing stations, offering advice and guidance in line with DVSA policies.
• Carry out investigations on behalf of the Traffic Commissioner with regard to operator’s maintenance arrangements and standards.
• Carry out inspections of all types of vehicles to ensure compliance with relevant legislation for the purposes of operator licensing.
• Prepare reports and case papers and present evidence at Public Inquiry.
• Develop and maintain good relationships with customers, trade associations, Police, other enforcement agencies, solicitors and Procurators’ Fiscal.
• Answer technical queries from customers, offering advice, guidance and education as required.`
• Take responsibility for the H&S of yourself and others, at non DVSA sites, escalating potential unsafe practices and acting on actual breaches of H&S procedures.
• Assure compliance with Health and Safety standards (for example ensuring locations meet with acceptable standards on a daily basis).
• Occasional management of the station/area team, finance and other resources including monitoring the station/area performance against agreed targets and conducting tier 1 quality control checks.
• Assist colleagues by carrying out other related activity (at or below your current grade) that you have the skills and training to perform, as directed by local management; includes exercising powers to stop if accredited.
• Contribute to the continual improvement of working practices as part of DVSA’s Business Excellence
• Keep up to date with procedural, technical and IT developments relating to the job role (such as relevant legislation and DVSA policy).
• Actively research information through the guidance and procedures available when faced with queries, before requesting advice and answers from others.
• Participate in training to develop skills, knowledge and service standards
• Seek and act upon feedback from colleagues across DVSA
• Participate in the continual improvement of working practices.
• Ensure adherence with DVSA’s IT and data handling policies, of self and colleagues
• Keep up to date with procedural, technical and IT developments relating to the job role (such as relevant legislation and DVSA policy).

Additional Information:

Please note – for the post at Swindon, the successful candidate will be based in Calne. For the post in Oxford, the successful candidate will be based in Bicester.
• There will be a requirement to work outside of normal office hours, usually with prior notice.
• Vehicle Examiners may be required to take enforcement action against individuals, which can, on occasion lead to confrontational situations.
• There will be extensive training on all aspects of the role.
• IT skills play a significant and increasing role for a Vehicle Examiner, who are issued with laptop computers.
• Extensive driving is required to carry out Vehicle Examiner activities.

Whilst part of a team, managed by a Senior Vehicle Examiner, a Vehicle Examiner is responsible for managing and prioritising work that has been allocated to them.

The Departments’ policy allows civil servants who are in their probation period to apply for vacancies.
Civil servants are able to apply for vacancies provided they do not have any active formal penalties imposed for attendance, performance or discipline.
As of 1 April 2014, Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Driving Standards Agency (DSA) merged together to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

We will improve road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages understand and follow roadworthiness standards. We will also provide a range of licensing, testing, education and enforcement services.

Please also refer to the full role profile attached and ensure the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role. Applicants should use the technical framework on Civil Service Learning, the Civil Service Competency framework PDF document and the grade advertised, to refer to the competency definitions.
Person specification
Evidence on the 3 competencies of the DVSA Technical Framework, ie
1. Up to date and in-depth knowledge of vehicles as applies to HGV, PSV, cars or light commercial vehicles.
2. Has experience of undertaking an examination of a vehicle’s components and/or systems to determine:
a. Compliance with legislation or test standards and/or
b. Serviceability.
3. Use of relevant documentation or IT to aide decision making regarding condition and serviceability or to determine a course of action.
Business area
Operations Directorate
Full current UK driving licence
Please see list of acceptable qualifications
You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply.

Technical competency
Which of the listed qualifications do you have?
Experience in the repair, maintenance or inspection of one of the following:-
Has experience of undertaking an examination of a vehicles’s components and/or systems to determine:
1. Compliance with legislationor test standards and/or
2. Serviceability

For successful candidates, pension scheme’s are available.
Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous holiday entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You’ll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.
Recruitment Retention Allowance £2950
Shift Allowance for Dover £8216
Shift Allowance for South Mimms £7899
London Weighting Allowance for Purfleet and South Mimms £4000
Additional Recruitment Retention Allowance for Aberdeen post £2500

Things you need to know

If you are a successful candidate you will be expected to undertake Basic Checks.
Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as the Civil Service Nationality Rules, located at The most up-to-date information on the requirements of working in the UK can be found at
Selection process details
The selection process will comprise an assessment event with one or more exercises. Further details will be provided to those who are invited to assessment.

Please be aware that you could be tested against any aspect of the role profile throughout the selection process. An initial sift may be conducted.

Candidates should be advised that it is DfT policy not to provide feedback at sift stage for any vacancies. There is no right to appeal at sift stage.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme and Definition of Disability:

Disability under the Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if “they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term (has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months) adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities”. Such adverse effects may arise from external barriers experienced by people with impairments. Examples of people who may be covered include those whose mobility is affected, for example, by arthritis; those whose speech, hearing or eyesight are affected; those whose memory or ability to concentrate, learn or understand is affected by dyslexia; those who have mental health issues such as depression; and those who have chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma. These examples are merely illustrative – please refer to the definition of disability under the Equality Act if you have questions about whether you are covered by the Act:
We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post at the application stage of the process. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. To show this we use the Disability Symbol awarded by the Employment Service.
Reserved status
This is a Non Reserved post and is therefore open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members
Our department’s policy allows applicants who are in the probation period to apply for vacancies.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. Applications from the UK Reserve Forces are welcome, as we aspire to be a model employer of those who serve their country. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination.
Commissioners statement
The Civil Service recruits by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.
School leaving age statement
Candidates will be subject to UK school leaving age legislation.
Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants
Sift/interview dates and location
Within 2 working days of submission of your application you will receive a link to complete the next stage of the application process which is a Situational Judgement Test (SJT).

Deadline for completion of SJT is 10th April 2015.

Interviews expected w/c 27th April 2015.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
Further information
Please note new entrants are expected to start on the minimum salary. Existing civil servants applying on promotion will have their pay determined under promotion rules based on their current salary.

Please note, Sifting will be carried out based on the location preference stated in your application.

The Agency may appoint more than one successful candidate should a similar post become available during the recruitment process.

Please note:

• When you reach the declaration section of the application form you will be presented with a list of statements to read and agree to. If you tick to agree the statements then click the ‘continue’ button your application will then be submitted. No changes can then be made to your application form.

Candidates are asked to spend a few minutes completing the Media Options form attached to the advert and return it to

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
Submission statement
Candidates must complete their probationary period unless the recruiting department states otherwise. We will only accept paper applications from those who have a disability that prevents them from applying online. Once you submit your application it cannot be changed. We will not accept late applications.

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Dsa site maintenance

Get your test changes/bookings done before the times below or wait until Monday.

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Planned maintenance this weekend for some DVSA online services
This weekend some of DVSA’s online services won’t be available because of planned maintenance.
You won’t be able to use the following services from 9:00 am Saturday (14 March) until mid afternoon on Sunday (15 March):

book and manage your practical driving test
DVSA practical test business service
ADI online services (eg. renew or update your registration
record Driver CPC training you provide
check your Driver CPC periodic training hours
upload delegated examiner records
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Online theory tests

The onlilne theory test booking service won’t be affected. You and your trainees will still be able to book and manage your theory tests as usual.

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Congratulations Jack H. on passing your driving test today. Just 7 minors. You also hold the record for me nagging you to do your test on consecutive weeks haha. Well done fella.

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