Monthly Archives: February 2010

Durham council plans consultation on taxi regulation

Friday, 26th February, 2010

Durham County Council is planning to launch a consultation of local taxi industry professionals over proposed changes to the governance of the sector. The authority’s cabinet is to be asked to delay setting a new policy until operators in the county can give feedback on how to improve conditions in a fair and effective Read the full article…

Manchester police warn of carjacking risk

Friday, 26th February, 2010

Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning to local motorists of the potential risk posed by car thieves. The constabulary is attempting to crack down on carjackers following a recent spate of thefts which has seen around 30 vehicles stolen from residents of the South Manchester area. Officers are currently attempting to identify and Read the full article…

Used car market ‘may be impacted by limited stock’

Friday, 26th February, 2010

Used car dealers may see their business negatively impacted as a knock-on effect of recent new car market declines, according to an expert. Vehicle information provider Glass’s Guide has suggested that falling sales of new vehicles is likely to mean that the supply of desirable one or two-year old second hand cars will dry Read the full article…

Parking charges ‘are harming Liverpool business’

Thursday, 25th February, 2010

Retail businesses in Liverpool are being negatively affected by excessive parking charges levied on motorists, according to an independent prospective MP. In a letter to the Wirral Globe, David Kirwan, a candidate for Wirral West, stated that public parking charges in urban centres are driving car users to opt to shop in supermarkets or Read the full article…

Swansea cabbie wins licensing permission for green taxi

Thursday, 25th February, 2010

A taxi driver from Swansea has won permission from the local council to operate eco-friendly cabs which would not normally be permitted under licensing rules. William Hurlow, owner of Mumbles Eco Cabs, has been granted permission to operate Citroen C3s as private hire cars, despite their two-passenger capacity and size not conforming to normal Read the full article…

Government to launch green car subsidy scheme

Thursday, 25th February, 2010

The government has outlined new plans to offer grants to car buyers who purchase environmentally-friendly vehicles next year. Transport secretary Andrew Adonis has detailed the incoming plug-in car grant, which will offer private and business fleet buyers of qualifying vehicles a subsidy of £5,000 towards the cost of the car. Additionally, the government will be Read the full article…

Glasgow drivers warned of further cold weather disruptions

Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

Motorists in Glasgow have been advised to expect poor driving conditions on the roads to continue due to the ongoing bad weather. Authorities have warned drivers to make sure they take sufficient care on the city’s roads in order to allow them to cope with the snow and ice which continues to affect western Read the full article…

Spyker completes purchase of Saab

Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

Spyker Cars has expressed confidence that the future of the Saab brand has been secured after it completed its purchase of the struggling company. The Dutch firm finalised the transfer of Saab’s ownership from previous parent company General Motors this week, with Spyker describing the move as the beginning of an “exciting new era”. Read the full article…

Kirklees Council to introduce penalty system for cabbies

Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

Kirklees Council has outlined new plans to impose harsh penalties on cabbies whose operations are found to be falling below legal standards. Under the new proposals, a penalty points system is to be imposed on local taxi drivers, with those operators who accrue 12 points receiving a month-long suspension, reports the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Read the full article…

M6 toll hikes ‘bad for haulage industry’

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2010

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has criticised the decision to raise the price of taking a lorry down the M6 toll road. According to the body, next month’s price hike will be so costly for hauliers that they may be forced to take alternative routes. This, it warned, would lead to lorries getting caught Read the full article…