Monthly Archives: October 2007

Taxis to be assessed

Wednesday, 31st October, 2007

Taxi insurance holders may be interested to know that a number of public transport facilities in and around Huntingdon are being assessed for their disability-friendliness. Buses, trains and taxis are being scrutinised with the aim of improving public transport accessibility in the region, reports the Hunts Post. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the organisation behind the Read the full article…

CV market ‘to remain stable’

Wednesday, 31st October, 2007

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) expects the production of commercial vehicles (CV) to remain stable over the coming months, which may be of interest to commercial vehicle insurance customers. Figures released recently by the SMMT show that each quarter of 2007 so far has posted “positive” production totals. September also saw a Read the full article…

Cabbies to have CCTV installed in cabs, thanks to EU grant

Tuesday, 30th October, 2007

Taxi drivers in Gravesham are set to have CCTV cameras inside their cabs, after securing money from the EU’s Urban Thames Gateway fund. Following the death of Gian Chand Bajar, a cab driver found lying on a road in Gravesend, cabbies have been lobbying for more security measures. Now £59,000 has been secured from Read the full article…

New car insurance rules could see innocent drivers stopped by police

Tuesday, 30th October, 2007

A car insurance rule change may mean that thousands of innocent drivers late in renewing their policy may be stopped by police, the AA has warned. From January 1st 2008, insurers must register customers’ insurance details on the Motor Insurance Database (MID) within seven days, rather than the current 14. This means that customers who Read the full article…

Motorists at risk from microsleep

Monday, 29th October, 2007

Motorists risk making crucial errors if they drive when extremely tired, LV= has claimed. The organisation cited research carried out by the Mind Lab’s Dr David Lewis, which examined the reaction times of three separate volunteers. A professional racing driver, busy parent and journalist were all studied and the research found that their concentration Read the full article…

Diesel dominates second-hand market, study finds

Monday, 29th October, 2007

Britons remain divided in terms of the type of car they are likely to buy, according to AA Personal Loans. While motorists who are going to buy new vehicles said that a petrol-fuelled one is top of their agenda (46 per cent), consumers opting for second-hand cars want them fuelled by diesel (33 per Read the full article…

Taxi talks progress in Dundee

Monday, 29th October, 2007

Industrial action may be averted in Dundee after a taxi drivers’ union met with council representatives to discuss cabbies’ gripes. Drivers had suggested that strikes would be necessary if their concerns about licenses and rank space were not dealt with, reports the BBC. After the meetings, no further strike action will be instigated, stated the Read the full article…

Virgin engineers to ride motorbikes

Friday, 26th October, 2007

Taking a leaf from the motorcycle courier handbook, Virgin Media has announced that it is to try to improve its service by having some of its engineers ride motorbikes. “Traditional van-based engineers can spend a lot of time sitting in traffic trying to reach their next appointment,” said Victoria Vengco, a spokesperson for the Read the full article…

New emissions legislation to be introduced

Friday, 26th October, 2007

In news of interest to motor traders, new legislation regarding CO2 emissions has been approved by the European Parliament. Emissions on new passenger vehicles will be capped at 125 g CO2/km from 2015, with recommendations to move to 95 g CO2/km by 2020 and 70 g CO2/km by 2025. MEP Chris Davies said that Read the full article…

Roads should be “more like commercial businesses”

Friday, 26th October, 2007

Roads need to be made “more like commercial businesses” it has been argued. Deputy editorial director at the Institute of Economic Affairs Dr Richard Wellings made the comment in the Yorkshire Evening Post where he discussed roads in and around the region. He mentioned the “poor” road links with the south as well as Read the full article…