Quartix, a supplier of vehicle tracking systems, is braving volatile stock markets and pressing ahead with a float that will raise about £11m for members of its management team.
The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have launched a public consultation on proposals to introduce the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the capital on 7 September 2020, to significantly improve air quality and in turn the health of Londoners.
The ULEZ consultation, which runs from today until Friday, 9 January 2015, is available online at www.tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone
A new mobile phone app has been launched to provide motorists with a range of practical tyre safety tips and advice while on the go. The Tyre Safety Companion, available free on Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Play stores, gives a number of handy hints, practical advice and reminders regarding tyre safety and maintenance issues such as what to do what to do at the roadside in the event of a puncture, how to check your tyre pressures and much more.
“October’s tyre safety month is coming to an end, but our new app ensures drivers can easily access a wealth of tyre related information, no matter what time of the year it is,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked by drivers are now available within this app. Furthermore, you’ll also be able to locate your nearest TyreSafe member who will be able to provide you with even more assistance and we’ll even send you timely reminders designed to help prolong the life of your tyres and maximise your safety on the road.”
As highlighted on DVSA's Moving On blog, each year, the Agency conducts fleet compliance checks to determine the roadworthiness and traffic compliance of lorries and trailers, and the traffic compliance of coaches.
The Department for Transport commissions this report, which is produced by their in-house analytical consultancy (IHAC) team and scrutinised and approved by the Department for Transport.
The DVSA’s Remote Enforcement Office (REO) trial has come to an end, with the Agency declaring it to have been successful according to the Agency's 'Moving On' blog.
Over the past nine months, the Western Traffic Area office provided an enforcement service that posed less of a burden to compliant operators, which freed up resources to focus on serious and serial law-breakers.
The BVRLA has welcomed a report outlining the role that car clubs and car sharing can play in achieving London’s urban transport objectives of reducing car use and congestion and improving air quality.
The report – Car Sharing in London: Vison 2020 – was commissioned by BVRLA member Zipcar and carried out by research specialists Frost & Sullivan.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “The report highlights how car clubs and car-sharing can help the government and local authorities to tackle urban transport challenges.”
The government is slashing red tape to boost tractor weight and speed limits, Transport Minister Claire Perry has announced.
The government will cut outdated regulation to allow higher tractor speedsand heavier tractor and trailer combinations from spring 2015. The government has also committed to develop detailed proposals for a roadworthiness test for tractors and trailers.
Sales of electric cars and other plug-in vehicles continue to rapidly increase, with a record number of people taking advantage of government grants.
The Plug-in Car Grant reduces the price of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) by up to £5,000 for cars and £8,000 for vans, making them more affordable for the public and businesses.
Driving licence fees will fall by up to 32% as part of the government’s commitment to deliver savings to the taxpayer.
The changes, which follow a recent public consultation, come into force from 31 October 2014. Drivers applying online will see the fee for a provisional driving licence fall from £50 to £34 and online renewals after ten years fall from £20 to £14. The fee for driver tachograph cards - used by businesses to record how far their staff are driving - will fall from £38 to £32.
Today's announcement confirms the second phase of investment in the new engine programme following the original investment of £287 million for phase one with support from the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund. This brings the total invested in the project to in excess of £475 million, and underlines Ford's commitment to high-tech engine manufacture at Dagenham.
The all-new Ford Transit Courier, has landed a role with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).
Formed in April 2013 by uniting Scotland's eight regional fire and rescue services, the SFRS has a large and uniquely challenging territory to cover. The 11 Ford Transit Couriers which have joined the service face a tough, action-packed life across the country from the Highlands and islands to the Borders
Vauxhall has handed over the first New Vivaro built at its Luton plant to Homeserve, a major new customer.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director presented the keys to Jadon Silva, Homeserve’s Director of UK Procurement at its factory. The milestone vehicle is part of a significant new account won by Vauxhall to provide the home emergency repairers with 65 Vivaro and 140 Movano vans.
Each year, leading engineering organisation the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) recognises the vital contribution that its volunteer members make towards raising the profile of engineering, through its Region and Volunteer of the Year awards.
Nominees are chosen according to the contribution that they have made toward raising awareness of engineering, and engaging with members and other professionals. The award is open to all volunteers (excluding those on the Society’s Trustee Board) and nominations must be made by another member of the Society.
This year, the winning Volunteer of the Year was Kirkham-based Neil Mitchell, Hon. Secretary of the IRTE Northern Centre. As a DVSA Enforcement Vehicle Examiner, his interest and enthusiasm for the road transport industry is clear to all who know him.
Government has committed the first £11 million of funding available to accelerate research and development of the carbon-cutting technologies which will power the vehicles of tomorrow.
Plug-in cars and other ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) are already widely available, with sales gathering pace, and the government is funding further research to support the growth of this important sector and cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the development of the technology behind the vehicles.
Organisers of next autumn's Coach and Bus Live 2015 trade show have announced an unprecedented demand for stands just weeks after going on sale to exhibitors, with 50% of space already taken.
The domestic showcase for the bus and coach sector, which traditionally has a "soft launch" to previous exhibitors and Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT UK) members in the run up to the larger international event Euro Bus Expo, already has over fifty companies reserving space twelve months ahead of the two day show opening on 30th September 2015.
The arrival of hydrogen cars on UK roads is a step closer as the Business Minister Matthew Hancock announced up to £11 million of funding.
The arrival of hydrogen cars on UK roads is a step closer today as the Business Minister Matthew Hancock announced up to £11 million of funding. Government and industry will prepare the UK for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
The £11 million investment will:
THINK! is launching a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads.
60% of fatalities occur on country roads but drivers are oblivious to the risks:
• 3 people die each day on average on rural roads
• the number of people killed on country roads is nearly 11 times higher than on motorways
• a quarter of drivers have had a near miss and 1 driver in 20 has had a collision on a country road
THINK! is launching a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads
Gasrec, Europe’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas to the transport sector, has welcomed the European Union’s new directive (PE-CONS 79/14) on minimum infrastructure requirements for alternative fuels. The directive requires each member state to produce an ‘alternative fuel deployment strategy’ within two years along with new common technical standards.
The strategies or ‘national policy frameworks’ will set out national targets for refuelling facilities using various clean fuels. Critically, the move will provide long-term security for investors in vehicle and fuel technology, and new refuelling infrastructure.
The British Safety Council has launched a new qualification to help people who drive as part of their work stay safe on the roads.
The Level 2 Award in Safe Driving at Work provides learners with key knowledge of the hazards and risks associated with driving. It equips vehicle users with valuable guidance on the measures available for reducing these risks, such as vehicle inspection, behaviour and defensive driving.
Brake, the road safety charity, is issuing an appeal to employers to play their part in preventing devastating casualties among pedestrians and cyclists. Newly-released government figures show six people are killed and 157 seriously injured every week while walking or cycling. At least 24% of road deaths and serious injuries involve a vehicle being driven for work .
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