Monthly Archives: September 2010

FTA: Fuel duty increases will damage businesses

Thursday, 30th September, 2010

New fuel duty increases which come into effect this week may prove to be damaging to haulage companies, according to an industry body. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has criticised the “smash and grab” tax hike which is being implemented on October 1st 2010 as the second in a series of three planned increases Read the full article…

Glasgow petrol station gets energy-efficient revamp

Thursday, 30th September, 2010

Motorists using the Sainsbury’s petrol station in Darnley, Glasgow are to see a range of energy-efficient improvements in place thanks to a recent revamp. The Mains Road facility opened last month and is utilising solar panels, rainwater collection systems and recycled building materials in order to reduce its carbon footprint and energy usage, reports Read the full article…

Citroen to improve efficiency of Berlingo vans

Wednesday, 29th September, 2010

Citroen has announced that commercial vehicles in its Berlingo product range are to be upgraded with more efficient and eco-friendly engines next month. Berlingo panel vans powered by Euro 4 1.6HDi 75hp engines manufactured from October 2010 onwards are to be re-homologated, cutting carbon emissions from 153g per km to 147g per km and Read the full article…

Manchester authorities to bid for electric car charging network funding

Wednesday, 29th September, 2010

Authorities in the Greater Manchester region are to bid for funding to finance the installation of an electric car charging network. During a recent Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) executive board meeting, all ten local councils in the area backed plans to apply for £4 million in government support to implement a network of Read the full article…

Road safety minister hails new driving test rules

Tuesday, 28th September, 2010

Road safety minister Mike Penning has praised the introduction of a new independent driving section to the driving test as a move which will help to improve road safety. The minister stated that having a portion of the test in which candidates navigate using road signs and verbal directions, instead of direct prompting, will Read the full article…

Liverpool taxi incident prompts government review of licensing

Tuesday, 28th September, 2010

Transport minister Norman Baker is to launch an investigation into the provision of taxi licences for foreign drivers after experiencing a poor standard of service from cabbies in Liverpool. Mr Baker is spearheading the inquiry after a non-English-speaking taxi driver failed to convey him successfully to the Panoramic restaurant following the Liberal Democrat conference Read the full article…

UK electric vehicle market ‘reaching critical moment’

Monday, 27th September, 2010

Electric vehicle trade in the UK is reaching a pivotal moment in its development, due to a number of industry and government initiatives. This is the view of action and advisory group the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, which noted that a growing number of manufacturers are looking to introduce new electric vehicle technology in Read the full article…

Birmingham councillor promotes use of electric cars

Monday, 27th September, 2010

A senior Birmingham city councillor has moved to raise the profile of electric car usage by driving an eco-friendly vehicle for a day. Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, marked Friends of the Earth’s In Town Without My Car Day this month by driving a Mitsubishi i-MiEV during journeys where the use Read the full article…

Glasgow introduces car-free zones around schools

Friday, 24th September, 2010

Motorists in Glasgow are to be deterred from parking or driving in the vicinity of two schools as part of a new pilot scheme. The Merrylee and Our Lady of the Annunciation primary schools are to establish special zones around the premises where it is deemed unsafe to park – a move designed to Read the full article…

Former Manchester police traffic boss demands better driving standards

Thursday, 23rd September, 2010

Not enough is currently being done to ensure that police drivers remain of a sufficiently high standard, a senior officer has stated. The former head of the traffic network section of Greater Manchester Police and now a senior figure at the Oldham constabulary, Superintendent Alan Greene has acknowledged that some officers are being allowed to Read the full article…