Monthly Archives: January 2012

Volkswagen Transporter T5 named used van of year

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

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

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

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…

Motorists ‘still on road despite penalty points’

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

The latest DVLA figures showing over 10,000 drivers are still on the road despite picking up 12 or more penalty points because of exceptional circumstances have been criticised by breakdown company GEM Motoring Assist. It revealed that 80 per cent of British motorists feel there should be no Read the full article…

Scrapping tariff ‘could raise operator costs’

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

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

Monday, 30th January, 2012

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…

Motorists ‘should consider switch to winter tyres’

Monday, 30th January, 2012

Drivers should consider a switch to winter tyres over the colder months in order to stay safe in difficult conditions, according to a retailer. European tyre provider Delticom revealed that the majority of UK drivers are not aware of the potential benefits accrued from fitting winter tyres if Read the full article…

Maintenance process streamlined for local councils

Monday, 30th January, 2012

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…

Van dealers ‘could be affected by emissions rules’

Monday, 30th January, 2012

People in the motor trade industry need to be aware of new emissions rules as they could spark lower residual values in the used van market, according to pricing expert CAP. It has warned compliance with the new Euro 5 emissions legislation means diesel particulate filters, which could Read the full article…

Parking ‘is an essential skill’

Friday, 27th January, 2012

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

Friday, 27th January, 2012

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…