IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "The IAM is pleased that the government is moving significantly closer to finalising the process of setting limits for drugs and driving. Now that the consultation process is almost over and the correct limits have been agreed for each drug the police can finally get on with actually catching those who risk their own and others lives by driving under the influence of chemical substances."
The new Head of the Northern Ireland Transport Regulation Unit Donna Knowles attended the Freight Transport Association (FTA) annual Transport Manager Conference held in Belfast today.
Chairing the event was FTA’s Policy & Membership Relations Manager for Northern Ireland Seamus Leheny who said: “FTA was delighted to welcome Donna Knowles as the new Head of the Transport Regulation Unit in NI at our annual Transport Manager event. Her being here today is a clear indication that she is keen to become engaged with our industry and members alike, and we look forward to working with her in the future.”
Motorists are warned that when applying online for your driving licence or to tax your vehicle, always make sure you use the official GOV.UK site.
DVLA warns that when applying online for your driving licence or to tax your vehicle, you should always make sure you use the official GOV.UK site.
DVLA has been made aware of several websites offering a check and send service for driving licence or vehicle tax applications. These services are in no way affiliated with DVLA. You may come across these websites in the sponsored links or paid-for results section when using online search engines. The Office of Fair Trading has ruled that websites which charge additional fees and services are not acting illegally.
ŠKODA UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Davina West as the brand's new Fleet Business Development Manager.
The role will see Davina working as part of ŠKODA's existing corporate sales team to develop and deliver competitive ŠKODA offers. It will also signal a fresh focus on the implementation of new fleet customer satisfaction initiatives, to identify areas where value can be added to the business.
As part of its first-ever Family Safety Week, RoSPA is calling on employers to consider how they could make a positive difference to the safety of their employees who drive for work.
It is estimated that up to a third of road accidents involve someone who is using the road for work purposes. In 2012, this means that up to 7,679 people across Great Britain could have been killed or seriously injured because of an "at work" road accident.
Road safety charity the IAM is offering top motoring tips to drivers from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. Here he advises drivers on how to prime their cars properly for the warmer weather.
The recommended limits for 16 different drugs have now been approved following two government consultations.
Today (27 March 2014) the government’s ambition to create a new drug drive limit moved a step closer following the results of two public consultations.
The recommended limits for 16 different drugs have now been approved and will see 8 generally prescription and 8 illicit drugs added into new regulations that will come in to force in the autumn 2014.
Northumberland County Council has taken a step towards reducing its staff transportation costs by adding two 100% electric Nissan LEAFs to its vehicle fleet.
The matching models, which cost as little as two pence per mile to run, are available as pool cars for use by more than 1,000 of the local authority’s employees.
It is hoped the vehicles, which are built at Nissan’s record-breaking plant in Sunderland, will help cut the travel costs incurred by staff and councillors as they clock-up some five million miles a year on official business.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Lawton as Aftermarket Development Manager. After nearly 15 years as an automotive journalist and the last three years as Editor of CAT (Car and Accessory Trader) magazine, Peter brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector. He will assume responsibility for SMMT aftermarket activities from 23 April 2014.
Peter replaces Wendy Williamson who is joining the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as Chief Executive.
Europe’s largest van marque since 1998, Renault, will be laying down the gauntlet to its rivals at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, with its most high-profile presence ever. As part of its plans, the eagerly-awaited All-New Trafic will make its world debut, joined by the 100% electric Twizy Cargo attending its first UK vehicle show, plus, a surprise in the heavy vans category.
From May 2014, all new Volvo models will have the option to be built with engines from the new Drive-E powertrain family – offering a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions. The CO2 emissions of the 190 hp Volvo V40 D4 with manual gearbox are down to an outstanding 99 g/km (74.3 mpg) – a no compromise of power and efficiency that no competitor can match. Also available in the V40 Cross Country, CO2 emissions are just 104 g/km (70.6 mpg).
The new Polo, which is scheduled for first deliveries in July, brings with it a range of new, more efficient engines as well as technology that advances safety, practicality and comfort.
The Polo now features a range of new EU6-compliant engines offering fuel efficiency improvements of up to 23 per cent over the old units. Petrol options are two three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI units with 60 or 75 PS; two 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI engines with 90 or 110 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT), with power increased by 10 PS to 150 PS. Diesel options are two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines, with 75 and 90 PS.
Green Car Guide has launched a new, free tool that allows visitors to compare running costs for all new cars on the market.
The new feature at www.GreenCarGuide.co.uk also provides a quick and easy way to view CO2, mpg and VED data, as well as fuel costs, for all new cars.
Uniquely, the tool uses more realistic real-life fuel economy figures for cars such as plug-in hybrids and E-REVs than the misleading official NEDC figures for this type of technology, providing more accurate costs for real-world use.
A campaign designed to improve safety for cyclists will be launched in key cities for a second time following a successful first run, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.
The campaign, which features eye-catching outdoor posters warning motorists and cyclists to watch out for each other, will run for 4 weeks in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds and Manchester.
A number of key announcements impacting on the motor industry were contained in the Wednesday, 19 March 2014 Budget Statement of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
Fuel - the Chancellor confirmed his Autumn Statement 2013 announcement that September’s planned 1.6p per litre rise in fuel duty was cancelled. It means that there will be no rise in fuel duty prior to the 2015 general election.
Red Forge Ltd are proud to announce the release of the latest in their range of Axle Load indicators. An addition to the LimitliteTM range, the Tradesman display has been created at the request of existing customers, in order to provide a simple visual guide to the loading condition of your vehicle.
Using the same tried and tested sensor technology as the market leading LimitliteTM Plus range, which has had thousands of units installed across many years, the Tradesman allows an ‘at a glance’ check for both front and rear axle loads, as well as Gross Vehicle Weight.
The Emergency Services Show Returns to the NEC, 24-25 September 2014
As the UK emerges from a winter of devastating storms and floods, the free-to-attend Emergency Services Show offers a valuable resource for those preparing for future incidents. Aimed at everyone involved in emergency response, planning and recovery, this year’s event (which returns to the NEC Birmingham on 24 and 25 September) will include underwater rescue demonstrations, a new search and rescue zone and a networking area featuring over 80 emergency services-related voluntary sector partners and NGOs. Register now at www.emergencyuk.com
There is still an opportunity to book for the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence conferences, which return on two dates in April following the popularity of last year’s events. The Van Excellence conference is the perfect opportunity for van operators to obtain the best advice from a practical, operational viewpoint, giving them peace of mind surrounding the operation of their van fleet.