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Archive for January , 2009

VOSA test stations: closures announced

Wednesday 28th January 2009

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has announced the closure of three test stations at Bredbury (Stockport), Steeton and Par (St Austell). The stations will close in summer 2008.

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Longer, heavier vehicles: Commission report urges increase in maximum weight and size

Wednesday 28th January 2009

A consultants report for the European Commission has urged the EU to increase the maximum size and weight of lorries allowed.

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Climate change: new Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee

Wednesday 28th January 2009

A new House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has been established.

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A80 Stepps to Haggs: upgrade to motorway status given go-ahead

Wednesday 28th January 2009

The national transport agency Transport Scotland reports that a contractor has been appointed for the £320 million project to construct a new 11 mile (18 km) stretch of the A80 between Stepps and Haggs. Construction works for this particular scheme will include:

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Stagecoach promises £70m Euro 5 bus spend in 09-10

Tuesday 27th January 2009

Stagecoach is to spend £70m buying 420 buses and coaches as part of plans for a multi-million pound investment in new vehicles during the coming financial year.

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Mayor visits Thames estuary airport site with engineers Filed 26/01/09

Monday 26th January 2009

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged politicians to seriously consider building a new airport in the Thames estuary after he visited the potential site with engineers and Labour MP Nick Raynsford, chair of a new cross-party parliamentary group on the proposal.

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Stagecoach completes Preston Bus purchase

Friday 23rd January 2009

Stagecoach has today (Friday) confirmed that it has completed the purchase of Preston Bus for an undisclosed sum.

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Employer not liable for warehouse accident

Thursday 22nd January 2009

Ammah v Kuehne and Nagel Ltd (Court of Appeal - 22 January 2009)

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Employer not liable for warehouse accident

Thursday 22nd January 2009

Ammah v Kuehne and Nagel Ltd (Court of Appeal - 22 January 2009)

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Carbon dioxide from road transport: £250 million funding package announced for low emission vehicles

Wednesday 21st January 2009

Secretary of State for Transport Geoff Hoon has announced a £250 million funding package to stimulate consumer take-up and commercialisation within the UK of low emission road vehicles.

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Driver CPC: updated guidance for training providers

Wednesday 21st January 2009

The Joint Approvals Unit of Periodic Training (JAUPT) has updated its guidance to training providers and employers wishing to deliver periodic training.

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Commercial Vehicle Show 2009: event cancelled

Wednesday 21st January 2009

The organisers of this year's CV Show, planned for 28 - 30 of April at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham have cancelled the event.

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Britain Set for Coach Boom as Consumers Cut Spending Abroad - CPT Release

Thursday 15th January 2009

A survey of 3,000 adults today unveils twice as many as last year planning to holiday in the UK rather than abroad in 2009.

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Transport infrastructure: long-term investment plans for road, rail and airports

Thursday 15th January 2009

Last Thursday (15 January), the Department for Transport announced a series of long-term investment measures in roads, rail and airports.

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Diesel prices: edge up

Wednesday 14th January 2009

UK contract prices were slightly firmer last week. UK contract diesel was 80.33 price per litre (ppl)

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Commercial vehicle registration: year on year falls continue

Wednesday 14th January 2009

The sharp falls in commercial vehicle registrations recorded by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders continued in December.

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Philip Brown appointed as Statutory Senior Traffic Commissioner

Wednesday 14th January 2009

Philip Brown has been appointed as the first Statutory Senior Traffic Commissioner by the Secretary of State for Transport, Geoff Hoon, under new powers in the Local Transport Act 2008.

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Vehicle safety features: DfT consults of Commission's General Safety Proposal

Wednesday 14th January 2009

The Department for Transport is consulting on proposals by the European Commission to introduce a wide range of features that will reinforce vehicle safety and reduce the environmental impact of road transport.

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Motor Transport Awards 2009: entries sought

Wednesday 14th January 2009

The Motor Transport Awards 2009 are now open for entries. There are 16 categories this year, including Haulier of the Year, Fleet Engineer of the Year, Livery of the Year and the Innovation Award.

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Case successfully defended by Stuart Burrows of Backhouse Jones Solicitors

Tuesday 13th January 2009

A PENSIONER who writes children's stories has lost a claim for damages after she was injured on a bus in Manchester.

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Diesel prices: world oil prices recover recent losses

Wednesday 7th January 2009

Last week world oil prices rose steadily as the market responded to tensions in the Middle East and the dispute between Russia and Ukraine over gas supplies.

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Headlamp aim: implementation to new testing regime postponed

Wednesday 7th January 2009

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) had planned to introduce electronic beam testing to test headlamp aim in the annual roadworthiness test for heavy goods vehicles (hgvs) and passenger service vehicles (psvs) from 1 January 2009.

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Graduated fixed penalties: enabling legislation

Wednesday 7th January 2009

Legislation has been made to...

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FTA Drivers' Handbook: new 2009 edition

Wednesday 7th January 2009

FTA has published a new edition of its HGV Drivers' Handbook. The handbook contains information ahead of the introduction of the Driver CPC in September 2009 and graduated fixed penalties. There is updated guidance on the use of mobile phones and in cab technology to avoid distractions and latest best practice advice on dealing with parking fines and wheel clamping. It also includes a new pull-out guide to carrying out a walk-around vehicle road safety check.

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The people on the bus are of diverse personalities

Wednesday 7th January 2009

Where you sit on a bus can define your personality, according to a psychologist.

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Free bus passes put East Dorset District Council £80k down

Monday 5th January 2009

FREE bus passes for the elderly and disabled have left East Dorset District Council facing a shortfall of more than £80,000 in its budget for the next financial year.

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