Monthly Archives: April 2010

Upgrades to key Liverpool road completed

Road works to a busy street in Liverpool’s Walton area have been completed, meaning the road has been reopened to drivers five weeks ahead of schedule. Repair work on Rice Lane has concluded this week following three months of maintenance, which necessitated the closure of one of the two lanes, reported the Liverpool Echo. Read the full article…

Birmingham motorists advised on seatbelt safety

Car owners in Birmingham and the West Midlands are to be given advice in a new campaign designed to raise awareness of the need to wear seatbelts. West Midlands Police has received funding from the Birmingham Road Safety Partnership to launch a scheme which will encourage families to be more diligent about seatbelt use. Read the full article…

Glasgow City Council commences pothole repairs

Glasgow City Council has begun work on an extensive programme of road repairs in order to address the growing problem of potholes affecting the city’s surfaces. The authority is expected to spend more than £1 million each month for the next year to fix the damage done to the ageing road networks by the Read the full article…

Cotswold District Council amends taxi examination criteria

Cotswold District Council is amending the conditions of its local area knowledge exam for cab drivers in order to speed up the licensing and recruitment process. The authority is to make aspiring private hire drivers exempt from the written test, which contains 20 questions on the layout of the local area, reports the Wilts Read the full article…

FTA launches new guidance on EU driving

A new guide designed to provide hauliers with advice on driving in other countries has been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The new FTA International Road Transport Guide provides companies and fleet operators with guidance on the different laws, requirements and tolls that UK drivers will face when visiting nations such as those Read the full article…

Greater Manchester Police reports car crime crackdown success

Greater Manchester Police has hailed the success of an ongoing initiative to reduce the number of car thefts occurring in the Salford region. The constabulary’s Operation Thunder scheme has been in effect since January 2010 and involves patrols, surveillance and the use of forensic technology. As a result of the initiative, instances of vehicle Read the full article…

Pendle cabbies penalised for speeding fine scam

Two Pendle taxi drivers have had their licences temporarily suspended after they admitted attempting to get out of speeding convictions. Mohammed Anayat and Mohammed Butt, of Nelson, admitted perverting the course of justice and paying a fixer to cheat speeding fines, reports the Burnley Citizen. The two drivers were among 12 defendants involved in Read the full article…

Drivers ‘should check tyres to improve fuel efficiency’

A third of UK drivers are increasing their fuel bills unnecessarily by not checking their tyres are properly inflated, according to UK tyre safety organisation, Tyresafe. During a three month period, over 4,500 cars were stopped and their tyre pressure checked in a survey conducted by Tyresafe. The survey found that 36 per cent Read the full article…

Merseyside car plant boosted by rising demand

Car manufacturer Vauxhall saw car production at its Merseyside plant almost double in the first quarter of 2010 as demand rose. Production in January, February and March 2010 at the Ellesmere Port plant were all up on the previous year’s figures. January saw the largest increase percentage-wise, with production reaching 8,231, a rise of Read the full article…

Used convertibles ‘to rise in value this summer’

Used car sellers are likely to see the value of their convertible stock increase over the next six months due to improving weather conditions, according to a retailer. Online sales portal Carsite.co.uk has predicted that the value of convertibles such as the Volvo C70 2.4i Coupe Cabriolet and Renault Megane 1.6 Coupe Cabriolet could Read the full article…