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Archive for March , 2009
The Association of Medical Reporting Organisations is calling for MRO Agreement processes to be incorporated into pending Ministry of Justice reforms.
You are reminded that British Summer Time (BST) begins on Sunday 29 March at 01.00 hrs.
The 1.84 pence per litre increase in diesel and petrol duty planned for 1 April 2009 takes effect next week.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has called on the ChancellorThe House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has called on the Chancellor to ensure that longer term objectives linked to reducing carbon dioxide emissions are not eclipsed by economic stimulus measures.
RTD contains provision for bringing self-employed mobile workers in scope of working time rules from 23 March 2009.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published a user guide on the Carbon Reduction Commitment.
In its final report on BAA's ownership of seven UK airports, the Competition Commission has ordered the airport operator to sell Gatwick and Stansted as well as either Edinburgh or Glasgow within two years.
The country's worst 'sat nav black spots', where lorries and buses routinely get stuck after blindly following directions from the popular navigation devices, have been identified in new research.
Stagecoach, the bus and train operator, struck a deal on Wednesday to form New York's biggest sightseeing business.
BUS passengers could be hit with a fare increase next year to cover a £600m Transport for London (TfL) budget shortfall.
Former Christian Salvesen CEO Stewart Oades is to be the new president of the Freight Transport Association.
On Thursday 19 March, FTA launches its Every Penny Counts campaign.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has recently issued notice that the Motor Vehicles (Tests) Regulations 1981 are being amended to include the inspection of towbars as part of the annual MOT test for vehicle classes III, IV, V, and VII.
In late February, the House of Commons Transport Committee announced that it was undertaking a short review into the effectiveness of the infrastructure authorities in dealing with the heavy snow which affected much of the UK during February. Secretary of State,
New data from the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that international road freight activity between Great Britain and continental Europe fell dramatically in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The European Parliament has approved the 'Eurovignette' directive in its plenary session.
From 3 March Highways Agency Traffic Officers in the South East started using new powers to order the quick and safe removal of abandoned, broken down and accident-damaged vehicles from the motorway network.
Motorway carriageway lighting: Highways Agency announces trials switch off between midnight and 0500Tuesday 17th March 2009
The Highways Agency has announced plans to trial switching off carriage lights on stretches of the motorway network in the South west of England.
The official opening of the £61 million A5117 Deeside Park Junctions Improvement. Work began in October 2006, with traffic using sections of the new road from last Easter.
The National Audit Office (which is responsible for assessing the efficiency and effectiveness with which public money is used)
Last week FTA's Chief Executive, Theo de Pencier, and Director of Policy and Communications, James Hookham, met with Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon MP. FTA raised three key issues with the Secretary for State.
The Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act reorganised how tribunals function; creating a two-tier system known as First Tier Tribunals and the Upper Tribunal.
Effects of adverse weather conditions on transport in the United Kingdom: Transport Committee launches new inquiryWednesday 11th March 2009
The House of Commons Transport Committee has today announced that it will hold public evidence sessions on the level of disruption to transport across the country caused by the snow in early February.
Vehicle height limits in the Republic of Ireland: overall running height of vehicles restricted to 4.65m from November 2013Wednesday 11th March 2009
Legislation has been produced in the Republic of Ireland which will effectively limit the running height of vehicles to 4.65 metres across the country from 2013.
FTA has produced a new guide, ‘Making Use of Rail - A Guide for Shippers'.
The DfT has issued a consultation on the economic regulation of airports.
Councillors in Edinburgh will be asked next week to press ahead with the planned merger of Lothian Buses and the capital's tram firm pending resolution of the tram construction row, The Scotsman has learned.
UK contract bulk diesel prices fell last week.
FTA's latest quarterly Transport Activity Survey undertaken during January 2009 shows weakening levels of road and rail freight activity. After a slow Christmas period, business expectations for domestic road freight activity are at a low ebb. Activity is weakest in the construction and retail sectors.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed the following tax-free overnight subsistence rates for 2009
The Department for Transport (DfT) is currently pursuing an initiative to highlight the poor wear rate of seat belts in hgvs. Such restraints have been a statutory fitting to all vehicles over 3,500kg since October 2001.
In 1999, the UK Government agreed with other EU states binding limits on concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants affecting local air quality.