Monthly Archives: July 2010

Renault: Government scheme will boost electric car sales

Friday, 30th July, 2010

Renault has voiced its approval for a recent government announcement regarding grants for electric cars. Secretary for transport Philip Hammond confirmed that the Plug-In Car Grant would be rolled out from January 2011. The system of grants aims to stimulate demand for vehicles with low carbon emissions and entitles motorists to a grant of Read the full article…

Birmingham ‘a hotspot for uninsured driving’

Friday, 30th July, 2010

Birmingham has been highlighted as a major hotspot for drivers breaking the law by taking to roads without insurance. A recent report from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has revealed that of the top five postcodes for driving uninsured in the past 13 years, three are located in Birmingham. The area of Small Heath Read the full article…

Taxi drivers lobby against Edinburgh Airport drop-off fees

Thursday, 29th July, 2010

Taxi drivers in Edinburgh have thrown their weight behind a campaign to coerce the city’s airport into dropping its controversial plans for a new drop-off charge. Almost 3,000 people have signed a petition delivered to Holyrood this week in order to protest airport operator BAA’s decision to charge £1 for all vehicles dropping off Read the full article…

RHA criticises closure of Glasgow truck park

Thursday, 29th July, 2010

The closure of a major truck park near Glasgow in order to build a new Tesco superstore has been criticised by the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Tesco has shut down the Europa Truckstop in Lesmahagow near junction 10 of the M74 several years earlier than the RHA had expected, as it plans to commence Read the full article…

Manchester car crime cut thanks to police initiative

Wednesday, 28th July, 2010

Greater Manchester Police has highlighted its success in reducing rates of car crime across the county as part of its summertime crackdown on criminals. According to figures from the constabulary, vehicle crime has been slashed by 19.5 per cent in 2010 as a result of Operation Storm, a scheme centred on combating burglaries and Read the full article…

SMMT welcomes plug-in car grant confirmation

Wednesday, 28th July, 2010

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has hailed the confirmation of a plug-in car grant scheme as “great news” for the industry. Welcoming transport secretary Philip Hammond’s announcement of the initiative at the SMMT offices, the society’s chief executive Paul Everitt said the move will help to safeguard the UK’s position as Read the full article…

Merseyside Police highlight importance of motorway safety

Tuesday, 27th July, 2010

Drivers in the Liverpool and Merseyside areas have received a reminder of the importance of careful and vigilant driving on the motorways. Merseyside Police is teaming with the North West Motorway Police Group and the Central Motorway Policing Group to raise awareness of the causes of accidents on motorways such as the M6. These Read the full article…

Cabbies voice concern over Billericay rail station plans

Tuesday, 27th July, 2010

Taxi drivers in the Billericay region have called on those in charge of the local rails station to consult drivers over new plans to refurbish the facility. Members of the Billericay Station Taxi Permit Association have expressed concern that a lack of discussion with cabbies will prevent the implementation of measures to improve traffic Read the full article…

Renault outlines new service improvements for business drivers

Monday, 26th July, 2010

Business drivers purchasing vehicles from Renault are to be given access to an increased range of services as part of a new initiative by the manufacturer. The company has announced the launch of the Renault Business Promise scheme, which entails a range of warranty offers, services and dealership upgrades designed to provide a complete Read the full article…

Birmingham drivers see cars crushed in insurance crackdown

Monday, 26th July, 2010

West Midlands Police have stepped up their new campaign against uninsured drivers by crushing hundreds of cars in the local area. As part of Operation Shinkami, the constabulary have been conducting spot-checks on vehicles around Birmingham and the Black Country, seizing more than 1,100 cars in the last six weeks. They stated that around 40 Read the full article…