Monthly Archives: January 2012

Volkswagen Transporter T5 named used van of year

The Volkswagen Transport T5 has been named used van of the year by vehicle pricing expert CAP. A panel of six judges made the decision, selecting the Volkswagen model from a field of six different vans through criteria including image and brand perception, model range coverage and option Read the full article…

DfT attempt to tackle red tape

Councils are to be given more autonomy in dealing with road works in an effort to reduce congestion on Britain’s roads and cut red tape and bureaucracy in the road system, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed. The street permit scheme is expected to place more restrictions Read the full article…

Scrapping tariff ‘could raise operator costs’

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has spoken out about plans to scrap the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) for lorries using ferry services in the Western Isles of Scotland. Lorries will from April cease to be included in the RET scheme, which offers discounted rates by setting ferry fares Read the full article…

TfL introduces congestion scheme

Motorists in London will now be able to avoid congestion and heavy traffic more easily with Transport for London’s new live traffic news feed. This represents another attempt from London mayor Boris Johnson to ease traffic jams in the capital city in the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Read the full article…

Maintenance process streamlined for local councils

Commercial vehicle users and other people who try to keep abreast of developments in their local road system will see some changes to how these are advertised under new regulations from the Department of Transport. Previously, local councils and the Highways Agency have been required to advertise proposed Read the full article…

Parking ‘is an essential skill’

Drivers who wish to drive safely in order to keep their car insurance premium low and avoid any accidents or fines should attempt to master the art of reversing, an expert has advised. Simon Elstow, head of training at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), offered the advice Read the full article…

Van is ‘a must’ if carrying large parcels

Companies which find it necessary in their day-to-day work to transport large or bulky parcels will find a fully-insured van an essential part of their working arrangements, an expert has advised. Sam Knowlton, co-founder of CourierPros.com, said owning a vehicle like this was a must for courier companies Read the full article…