Monthly Archives: November 2009

Birmingham council to purchase green car fleet

Monday, 30th November, 2009

Birmingham City Council has revealed plans to replace its existing fleet of vehicles with more environmentally-friendly models within the next six years. The authority currently utilises a total of 1,249 vehicles, including both vans and cars, which are to be replaced with new ones powered by electric motors or by liquid petroleum gas, reports Read the full article…

Car owners ‘are skimping on maintenance during recession’

Monday, 30th November, 2009

Motorists may be neglecting essential vehicle maintenance in an effort to reduce their expenditure during the recession, according to research. Car expert Glass’s has conducted a survey which reveals that 46 per cent of those polled have chosen to put off servicing their car or paying for repairs to tyres or bodywork. In addition, Read the full article…

Newport taxi proposals to be reviewed after court ruling

Monday, 30th November, 2009

Newport Council is to review proposals to implement new limitations on taxi licensing after its original plans were overturned by a court. The authority had originally planned to impose new regulations which would prevent vehicles which are more than 12 years old from being used as hackney carriages, reports the South Wales Argus. Applications Read the full article…

Liverpool to get marshalled taxi rank

Friday, 27th November, 2009

Liverpool City Council is to introduce a marshalled taxi rank in the city in a bid to make weekend conditions safer for local businesses and clients. Security Industry Authority trained staff will be in charge of the marshalled rank on Victoria Street, which will be patrolled on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight until Read the full article…

Fiat launches new service plans for van drivers

Friday, 27th November, 2009

Fiat is launching a new range of service plans designed to make it easier for van owners to pay for maintenance of their vehicles. Via the new Fiat Service Plans scheme, commercial vehicle owners can pay for the cost of servicing, parts and labour in regular instalments instead of all in one go. The Read the full article…

Students ‘are neglecting vehicle maintenance to save money’

Friday, 27th November, 2009

Vehicle-owning students in the UK are increasingly willing to drive in poorly-maintained vehicles just to save money, according to research. A new survey conducted by Kwik-Fit has revealed that a fifth of students have driven an unroadworthy car because they did not want to spend money on repairs. In addition, many of those polled Read the full article…

Contract awarded for Inverness-Glasgow road repairs

Thursday, 26th November, 2009

A Glasgow-based civil engineering firm has been awarded a contract to begin work on repairing the A28 between Inverness and Glasgow. The project is to begin in January and will involve the £2.2 million replacement of the Ba Bridge, which has been deemed as unsafe and overly narrow. Construction of the expanded and reinforced Read the full article…

Ford to increase prices across vehicle range

Thursday, 26th November, 2009

Ford has revealed plans to increase UK prices for most of the cars in its vehicle range as of next month as part of a cost reduction measure. The US manufacturer will be raising the price of its vehicles by an average of 2.7 per cent, with the increase set to affect consumer models Read the full article…

Norwich cabbie receives approval for new-style taxi

Thursday, 26th November, 2009

A cab driver in Norwich has received approval from the local council to use a Peugeot E7 as a taxi in the area. The authority has approved Paddy Keenaghan’s request after reaching a decision to revise its current hackney carriage vehicle specification to allow larger vehicles to qualify, reports the Advertiser. Last week, Mr Read the full article…

Liverpool parking fines on the increase

Wednesday, 25th November, 2009

Motorists in Liverpool have seen the amount of money they are forced to spend on parking fines increase over the last year. New figures from the TaxPayers’ Alliance have revealed that Liverpool Council made a total of £2,404,357 from parking penalties in 2008-09, up from £1,964,295 the previous year. With the city’s daytime population Read the full article…