Tag: DfT

Scrapped MOT proposals welcomed by IAAF

18th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Proposed changes to the MOT test frequency have been scrapped with IAAF calling it ‘a triumph for the aftermarket and motorists alike’, after months and months of intensive lobbying.

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UK opts to keep 3-year first MOT period

UK opts to keep 3-year first MOT period

18th January 2018 | 0 Comments

A year after the UK government began a consultation period on the question of whether or not to extend the period of the first MOT for cars and motorcycles from three years to four years, Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution has announced that the government is keeping the three-year first MOT policy we currently have:

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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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TyreSafe: casualties from tyre-related incidents down slightly

28th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The latest figures from the Department for Transport in its annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report show the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents fell to 158 from 162. Slight injuries were also down meaning the total number of casualties was 876, its lowest level recorded. Following the welcome but slight decrease in casualties caused by tyre-related incidents in 2016, TyreSafe is urging drivers and stakeholders to continue their efforts, not become complacent. Indeed, Scottish figures were significantly worse than 12 months ago.

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Fewer under 25s learning to drive

Fewer under 25s learning to drive

12th July 2017 | 0 Comments

According to research carried out by leading automotive consumer website www.HonestJohn.co.uk, young people are giving up on the idea of learning to drive. The number of 17-year olds taking the practical driving test has fallen by more than 100,000 since 2007-08, while the overall number of under-25s in the UK that are learning to drive is down by 20 per cent.

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SMMT: Motorists want MOT first test after 3 years

21st April 2017 | 0 Comments

It isn’t just the trade that opposes potential changes to current MOT legislation. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published the results of a YouGov survey, and these results indicate that a large majority of car owners want the MOT first test to continue taking place when their vehicle reaches three years of age.

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TyreSafe: No MOT changes at the expense of safety

24th January 2017 | 0 Comments

The Department for Transport claims that motorists would save more than £100 million a year if cars underwent their first MOT after four years instead of three, however some see a downside to the recently proposed changes. Relaxing the inspection timetable may, believes TyreSafe, result in more vehicles taking to the road with worn tyres.

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Learner drivers to be allowed on motorways for first time

4th January 2017 | 0 Comments

Plans to improve driver and motorcyclist training in Great Britain were announced by Transport Minister, Andrew Jones on Friday 30 December 2016. The proposed changes will see competent learner drivers able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled car. Allowing learners on a motorway is expected improve the awareness and experience of new drivers, which is aimed at boosting safety on roads in Great Britain.

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Government launches plans to improve driver and motorcyclist training

3rd January 2017 | 0 Comments

Plans to improve driver and motorcyclist training to improve safety on roads in Great Britain were announced by Transport minister, Andrew Jones on Friday 30 December 2016. The proposed changes will see competent learner drivers able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled car. Allowing learners on a motorway will improve the awareness and experience of new drivers which is aimed at boosting safety on roads in Great Britain.

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Global survey shows 74 per cent use mobiles while driving

27th October 2016 | 0 Comments

A global survey from LeasePlan – one of the world’s largest vehicle management groups – reveals that nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of drivers admit to using their mobile phone behind the wheel, one-fifth (20 per cent) claim to send text messages and almost one-in-ten (9 per cent) admit to using social media. The Department for Transport (DfT) figures show that a driver impaired or distracted by their phone was a contributory factor in 492 accidents in Britain in 2014, including 21 that were fatal. Last month, the government announced tougher sanctions for motorists caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel, including automatically receiving six points on their licence instead of the current three and on-the-spot fines will be doubled from £100 to £200.

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UK to fall short of air quality targets, says report

12th September 2016 | 0 Comments

The Department for Transport needs a clear strategy to increase the use of ultra-low emission vehicles, reduce air pollution and deal with the VW cheat device scandal so that it can meet decarbonisation and air quality targets, the Environmental Audit Committee says in its report.

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What cabinet reshuffles and a UK-China free-trade deal might mean for the tyre industry

What cabinet reshuffles and a UK-China free-trade deal might mean for the tyre industry

27th July 2016 | 0 Comments

It seems reports of the demise of the Department for Transport (DfT) were over stated. On 16 July – coincidently the day of the annual TyreSafe briefing – the new post-Brexit UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, embarked on a cabinet reshuffle. As it turned out this was no simple parlour shuffle, but a full-on single-hand pharaoh shuffle. As heads rolled and others moved in, while still others moved around, unnamed sources told The Telegraph that the Department for Transport (DfT) was being shut down. At the time, it looked like the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Energy and Climate Change were also being axed to make way for more streamlined departments for Industry and Infrastructure.

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DfT reacts to concerns over delayed grant scheme for plug-in motorcycles

7th July 2016 | 0 Comments

The Department for Transport (DfT) has responded to The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) letter which outlined concerns that the promised plug-in motorcycle grant scheme had still not been delivered.

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ULEV registrations on the up

13th June 2016 | 0 Comments

In the first quarter of 2016, 11,755 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK, 1 per cent of all new vehicle registrations. These figures show an increase of 31 per cent compared to last year when ULEVs were accounting for 0.8 per cent of all new registrations, and they were up an impressive […]

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PRA ‘concerned’ over ‘green’ fuel proposals

13th June 2016 | 0 Comments

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has written to Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, raising their concerns that government ministers are drawing up plans to introduce new ‘green petrol’, in a move which will push up costs for UK fuel retailers and may force some out of business.

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