Tag: Department for Transport

DfT transport strategy points to green, electric and connected future

DfT transport strategy points to green, electric and connected future

19th March 2019 | 0 Comments

The government has published its future transport strategy. After highlighting mobility trends towards increased take-up of electric vehicles, increased amounts of vehicle connectivity and increased ecological consciousness, the strategy focuses on four “next steps”: Implementing a flexible regulatory framework, Supporting industry and local leaders, Ensuring government decision-making is robust; and continuing established technology-specific plans. In other words its about electric mobility, data connectivity and better environmental performance.

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DfT ‘intends’ to retain EU tyre labelling regulation post-Brexit

DfT ‘intends’ to retain EU tyre labelling regulation post-Brexit

20th November 2018 | 0 Comments

The Tyre Industry Federation (TIF) has announced that it understands the Department for Transport (DfT) intends to retain alignment with future evolutions of the EU tyre labelling regulations in the UK, at least as far as the label itself is concerned. The rationale is to ensure a smoothly working market for tyres, the TIF adds.

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MWheels to work with DfT to improve CV wheel safety

MWheels to work with DfT to improve CV wheel safety

23rd May 2018 | 0 Comments

Negotiations to rectify the Department for Transport’s apparent failure to incorporate European Union Directives 2014/45/EU and 2014/47/EU into the wheel-related section of the new Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection Manual has yielded a positive result for MWheels. The commercial vehicle wheel specialist shares that following a meeting with the DfT, DVSA and Parliamentary representative Mike Kane MP on 17 May, the DfT “has agreed to work with MWheels to investigate ways in which the Heavy Goods Vehicle Inspection Manual’s section on wheels can be enhanced to improve vehicle safety.”

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‘Lower the drink drive limit’ campaigners urge

‘Lower the drink drive limit’ campaigners urge

3rd April 2018 | 0 Comments

As the latest provisional figures from the Department for Transport reveal that fatalities from drink driving have increased in the UK, safety campaigners are once again urging the Government to reconsider the drink drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Department for Transport’s report, which was released in February, estimates that 9,050 people were killed or injured in 2016 when at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit – a significant rise from 2015’s figure of 8,470 and the highest figure recorded since 2012.

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Government to research tyre ageing

Government to research tyre ageing

2nd March 2018 | 0 Comments

Roads Minister Jesse Norman has announced the government is investing a reported £250,000 in the first publicly funded research into tyre ageing. On 1 March a Department for Transport statement said it has commissioned “independent scientific research which will provide a fuller picture on the safety of tyres as they get older”.

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Backlash against diesels sees new car CO2 emissions rise

9th January 2018 | 0 Comments

An anti-diesel agenda has resulted in new car carbon dioxide emissions rising for the first time in 14 years as people make the switch to petrol, recent research suggests. Department for Transport figures show that the average new car sold in 2017 produces more CO2 than one sold in 2016, reversing a continuous decline in emissions of the greenhouse gas since the figures were first published by the Government in 2003.

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Driving Test changes meet with general approval

Driving Test changes meet with general approval

2nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

Changes to the driving test will help save lives and improve road safety, said transport minister Andrew Jones. Learner drivers will need to pass a modern test that will include new manoeuvres and a longer independent driving section to make sure drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own. The changes will also include a section where drivers use satellite navigation to find their way.

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Fleet Hero Award for Maxoptra

1st December 2016 | 0 Comments

Maxoptra, the dynamic route planning software solution, has been awarded the Fleet Supplier 2016 Fleet Hero Award by the Energy Saving Trust in recognition of the support provided to help fleet operators reduce carbon emissions. Maxoptra is a cloud based, cost effective vehicle scheduling solution that helps service providers and distribution companies improve the efficiency […]

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Autumn Statement transport investments ‘positive’, but ‘real prize is not addressed’

23rd November 2016 | 0 Comments

While welcoming chancellor of the exchequer Phillip Hammond’s transport announcements in the 2016 Autumn Statement, KPMG analysts have criticised the focus on increasing capacity, rather than “making more from the capacity” the UK has already.

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What do you hate most about driving? – LeasePlan’s 2016 MobilityMonitor Survey

23rd November 2016 | 0 Comments

Blocking the road (42 per cent), verbal aggression (34 per cent) and aggressive gestures (56 per cent) are among the top threatening behaviours motorists around the world experience while driving, according to 2016’s MobilityMonitor Survey from LeasePlan.

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Mileage fraud consultation – NFDA response

1st November 2016 | 0 Comments

“Mileage fraud is a huge problem for the UK and urgent action needs to be taken. We are pleased to see that the government has taken the issue seriously and we have responded to the consultation outlining the implications of this practice and the urgent need to make it illegal”, said Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

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House of Lords to investigate driverless vehicles

31st October 2016 | 0 Comments

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will begin its inquiry to investigate driverless vehicles and their future on UK roads on Tuesday 1 November. The committee will hear evidence from government officials and leading academic experts.

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Government plans to boost ULEV market

31st October 2016 | 0 Comments

Plans to make electric vehicle chargepoints more widely available and convenient for motorists were put forward by government on 24 October 2016.

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Road casualty reduction heralds start of Tyre Safety Month

Road casualty reduction heralds start of Tyre Safety Month

30th September 2016 | 0 Comments

The Department for Transport’s Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB) analysis has revealed a reduction in casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads. 2015’s data shows a 28 per cent decrease in the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents with total casualties falling by 16.2 per cent when compared with 2014 figures. The results are good news for TyreSafe the day before the start of October’s Tyre Safety Month 2016; the latest figures mean there has been a 44 per cent decrease in all casualties caused by tyre-related incidents since the inception of Tyre Safety Month’s organiser, TyreSafe, in 2006.

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1.7 million vehicles ‘could be affected by mileage fraud’ says NFDA

27th September 2016 | 0 Comments

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Trusted Dealers has carried out a survey of 1,000 drivers which found that almost two thirds (57 per cent) of motorists surveyed do not know how to check if their vehicle has been clocked, and the majority (57 per cent) said they are worried about buying a car that has had its mileage altered.

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