Monthly Archives: August 2008

New taxi granted licence

Friday, 29th August, 2008

Knowsley council has granted a licence to a taxi that can provide services to wheelchair users. Operators in the area will now be able to use Allied Vehicles E7 taxis following the decision, reports the Liverpool Daily Post. Taxi insurance customers may be interested to learn that the approval has been welcomed by the Liverpool Read the full article…

Golfer “upset” by van theft

Friday, 29th August, 2008

A golfer from Warwick has been left “gutted” after thieves stole some custom golf clubs and a sat nav from his van. The Warwick Courier reports that the incident, which took place last weekend, is estimated to have cost Jason Greenway £1,500, van insurance customers may be interested to learn. Speaking to the newspaper, Mr Read the full article…

Motorists in Northern Ireland told to be vigilant

Friday, 29th August, 2008

Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Council is urging motorists to be wary of children returning to school over the next few weeks. Pat Martin, vice chair of the council, asked that motorists slow down in school zones, as more cars are expected to be in the roads than in the summer months, the BBC reports. Read the full article…

Used car values advice issued

Thursday, 28th August, 2008

Car insurance customers purchasing used cars have been urged to “think carefully” before committing to a purchase. Vehicle information provider HPI has predicted that new trends are likely to affect how much a car’s value depreciates in the future. Large numbers of motorists are expected to avoid forking out for a new 58 plate model Read the full article…

Helicopter tracks speeding motorists

Thursday, 28th August, 2008

Sports car insurance customers and other road users in Essex are to be monitored by police helicopters as part of an effort to improve road safety. Officers are to take to the skies above roads in the region in a helicopter that has been fitted with special equipment to detect speeding drivers. Adam Pipe, Read the full article…

Police crack illegal fuel ring in Northern Ireland

Thursday, 28th August, 2008

Customs officials and local police in Northern Ireland have arrested a number of men connected with a fuel smuggling ring. Filtering equipment and several fuel trucks have been seized as part of the operation, which may have prevented the sale of laundered fuel to truck drivers, Road Transport reports. John Whiting, HM Revenue and Customs Read the full article…

Drivers told to watch their blinks

Thursday, 28th August, 2008

Drivers are being urged to monitor their blinks to determine when to pull over and take 40 winks. Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist asserted that just before a driver becomes drowsy and distracted behind the wheel, their body begins to blink more frequently. Van insurance customers could be interested to hear the human Read the full article…

Increase reported in freight moved

Thursday, 28th August, 2008

Last year, the amount of freight moved by GB-registered heavy-goods vehicles and light-goods vehicles rose by four per cent compared to 2006, newly published figures show. Research released by the Department for Transport and the Office for National Statistics note freight hauled rose from 156 billion tonne kilometres to 161 billion tonne kilometres. Haulage Read the full article…

VW showcases vans at police event

Wednesday, 27th August, 2008

Volkswagen is displaying a number of its commercial vehicles at this year’s National Association of Police Fleet Managers Conference and Exhibition at Cheltenham Racecourse. Between September 2nd and 3rd, van insurance customers will be able to view special modified versions of its Caddy Maxi, Crafter and Transporter vans. Kevin Varey, conversions manager at Volkswagen Read the full article…

New mirrors ‘benefit’ haulage drivers

Wednesday, 27th August, 2008

The latest type of mirrors could improve the driving experience for haulage insurance customers, it has been suggested. A new directive introduced by the EU stipulates that some vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are required to have suitable mirrors fitted to them. Geoff Dossetter, director of external affairs at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), said: Read the full article…