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Archive for February , 2009
FTA met with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) last week to discuss the introduction of graduated fixed penalties and deposits. The following points were confirmed.
European legislation requires goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes first registered from 1 January 2000 to meet wide angle (class IV mirror) and close proximity (class V mirror) field of vision requirements by 31 March 2009.
The Government has secured a concession from the European Commission to allow drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles who are also military reservists to undertake military weekend training without falling foul of the EU drivers' hours rules on weekly rest.
The Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have been attempting to agree on the revision of the main Working Time Directive since 2004.
Last week, the Department for Transport (DfT) invited final tenders from short-listed bidders to supply low carbon and all-electric vans under the Low Carbon Vehicles Procurement Programme (LCVPP).
The Department for Transport is consulting on the European Commission's recent proposal concerning a European rail network for competitive freight.
Transport Minister, Lord Adonis, has announced details of the Catthorpe Interchange improvement scheme.
Bus drivers could be given the power to turn traffic lights green in a bid to get passengers between Bootle and Liverpool quicker.
Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced that this year's Budget will take place on 22 April.
Bulk contract diesel prices as at Friday 13 February averaged 80.3 pence per litre (ppl)
From 16 February 2009, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) introduced simplification and tolerance changes to headlamp aim tests. The main features of the changes are to:
The removal, storage and disposal of vehicles, which until now has been dealt with by individual police forces across the country, is being replaced by a national system on the motorway and trunk road network in England.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has announced that its single vehicle online test booking service is now available for passenger service vehicles and heavy goods vehicles.
The European Commission has published a regulation to allow the use of adaptors in small vehicles.
Following the fire in the Channel Tunnel in September 2008, on Monday (9 February) Eurotunnel was, once again, fully open to traffic between the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.
Last week, Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) finally agreed the level of funding that Network Rail needs to operate, maintain, renew and enhance the railway network and deliver specified network enhancements in the period 2009 - 2014. ORR determined that Network Rail needed to spend ÂŁ28.5bn in the five years of control period.
Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson has signalled that the Government is looking at a tax-payer funded scrappage scheme to encourage motorists to replace old, polluting vehicles with new ones.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that the UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.5 per cent in 2007.
Registrations for heavy goods vehicles and vans are continuing to see sharp falls compared to a year ago, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
New provisional Department for Transport data for the final quarter of 2008 shows hgv road traffic falling by seven per cent compared to the same quarter in 2007.
The Department for Transport has announced ÂŁ66m of capital funding during 2009/10 and 2010/11 to 41 local authorities to carry out capital maintenance on their de-trunked roads.
FTA has developed a spreadsheet tool to help operators record and plan the deliver of training for their goods vehicle drivers. The key worksheets are:
In 2008 the Government consulted on proposals to slow down the rate at which the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) increases year on year as recommended by the Gallagher Review.
Last week Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon, officially opened the ÂŁ300 million M1 widening project between junctions 6A and 10 (M25 and Luton).
From January Highways Agency traffic officers have taken on new powers to order the quick and safe removal of abandoned, broken down and accident-damaged vehicles from the motorway network.
London's Mayor, Boris Johnston, has announced that he will be consulting on proposals to suspend phase 3 of the Low Emission Zone.