Monthly Archives: January 2011

Shrewsbury cabbies protest against licensing law changes

Monday, 31st January, 2011

Taxi drivers in Shrewsbury have staged a protest over planned changes to zoning regulations in the area, which they believe will damage business. Around 100 cabbies travelled to Shirehall in a convoy last week while honking horns to show their disapproval of plans to introduce a single licensing Read the full article…

Haulage bodies welcome Osborne’s fuel duty comments

Monday, 31st January, 2011

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA) have welcomed suggestions that the government may cancel the planned April 2011 fuel duty increase. In a BBC interview, chancellor George Osborne stated that the coalition is looking at potentially overriding the former administration’s plan to increase fuel Read the full article…

Residents complain of ‘confusing’ parking laws on side street

Monday, 31st January, 2011

Merseyside drivers have raised concerns over confusing parking regulations on a side street in Crosby that are leading to a large number of fines being accrued. The Crosby Herald reports that almost £50,000 has been collected from parking tickets issued on Lorne Road in the last year, with around 26 fines being given out each Read the full article…

Birmingham authorities to raise awareness of rogue car sellers

Friday, 28th January, 2011

Authorities in Birmingham are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the need to be wary of potential rogue car sellers. Birmingham City Council’s trading standards division has produced a leaflet that provides novice drivers and first-time buyers with guidance on the danger of purchasing clocked cars and misdescribed vehicles, reports the Birmingham Mail. Read the full article…

Motor industry ‘expecting a double-dip recession’

Friday, 28th January, 2011

Companies in the motor industry are expecting the UK to fall into a double-dip recession following the economic downturn in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has conducted a survey at its conference this week, questioning representatives of businesses including manufacturers, sellers and leasing firms. It was found that 43 Read the full article…

Cheltenham cabbies see request for fare increase denied

Friday, 28th January, 2011

Taxi drivers in Cheltenham have reacted with disappointment to news that the local council has rejected their request to increase cab fares in the area. Licensing officers for Cheltenham Borough Council have dismissed calls for a 40 per cent rise in taxi fares, as it believes that a 20 per cent increase will be Read the full article…

Greater Manchester Police warn of number plate thefts

Thursday, 27th January, 2011

Greater Manchester Police have advised local residents to take measures that will make them less susceptible to being targeted by number plate thieves. The constabulary has recommended that car owners purchase special ‘one-way’ screws to attach their licence plates, as these will be much more difficult and time-consuming for criminals to remove. This warning Read the full article…

Fuel duty freeze ‘vital for van drivers and other motorists’

Thursday, 27th January, 2011

The government has been called upon to freeze fuel duty at its current level in order to avoid placing unnecessary financial pressure on van drivers and other road users. Industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has expressed concern that the planned rise in fuel duty this April will be potentially Read the full article…

Demand for electric vehicles ‘seeing major increases’

Thursday, 27th January, 2011

The number of consumers considering purchasing electric vehicles has risen sharply as a result of new government initiatives. A survey conducted by valuation expert Glass’s shows that 53 per cent of buyers would now consider choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle as their next purchase, compared to only nine per cent in July 2010. Read the full article…

Toyota recalls vehicles due to fuel system flaws

Wednesday, 26th January, 2011

Toyota is recalling a number of its Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK after possible maintenance issues were observed with their fuel systems. Certain Avensis units manufactured between 2000 and 2008 have been found to be susceptible to cracks in the fuel pipe, as well as leakage due to insufficient tightening Read the full article…