Tag: Patrick McLoughlin

Chris Grayling named as new Transport Secretary

15th July 2016 | 0 Comments

Chris Grayling MP, the former leader of the House of Commons and former justice secretary, has been named as secretary of state for transport. The appointment signals the survival of the Department for Transport (DfT) after new Prime Minister Theresa May led a cabinet reshuffle so wide-ranging that it is probably better described as a government restructure on 14 July.

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Department for Transport to be shut down – reports

14th July 2016 | 0 Comments

Unnamed sources have told The Telegraph that the government Department for Transport (DfT) is being shut down. At the same time it appears that the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Energy and Climate Change are also being axed.

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Diesel duty to rise to improve air quality?

Diesel duty to rise to improve air quality?

13th June 2016 | 0 Comments

The Government is considering reversing a cut in diesel duty in an effort to address air quality concerns. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the London Evening Standard that the former Labour chancellor Gordon Brown had made a mistake when he cut diesel duty by 3p in his 2001 budget. McLoughlin said: “It is something the chancellor will need to look at in due course.”

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‘Real life’ emissions tests to be introduced next year

3rd May 2016 | 0 Comments

Existing lab tests designed to ensure emission limits are met have been shown to be inadequate and this is why the UK has secured a tough new Europe-wide ‘real driving emissions’ test. From next year, vehicles will have to meet emissions limits in real driving conditions across a wide range of typical operating temperatures. This will improve consumer confidence in manufacturers. The UK will be working to ensure that the new rules for real driving emissions and type approval are robust, deliver the expected outcomes and that manufacturers behave consistently.

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UK cars exceed laboratory emissions standards in real-world conditions

UK cars exceed laboratory emissions standards in real-world conditions

22nd April 2016 | 0 Comments

All 37 UK of the cars the government test in the wake of the automotive emissions scandal that began with VW last year exceed laboratory emissions standards in real-world conditions. However none of the vehicles tested in the UK programme showed evidence of defeat devices except VW models. The UK government published its research into emissions levels from leading diesel car models, fulfilling a commitment to consumers to investigate potential manipulation of emission controls, on 21 April 2016 – just as leading car manufacturers (beginning with Mitsubishi) began making statements about their involvement in the emissions scandal.

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Pothole cash allocation announced

8th April 2016 | 0 Comments

The Government has released details of how a £50m pothole fund is to be divided up between English councils. The cash will be split among 118 authorities. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government wanted to "tackle the blight of potholes". Devon council is to receive the most cash. The Local Government Association says it will take £12bn to fix the roads.

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Electric cars ‘will be cheaper than standard cars’, report says

7th March 2016 | 0 Comments

A report from Bloomberg predicts that hybrid and electric cars will be cheaper than standard cars within six years, with sales of electric cars reaching 41m by 2040, or a third of the market.

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All speed cameras ‘will be yellow within a year’ Government says

24th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Every working speed camera on the strategic road network will be yellow within a year, the Government has announced. Ministers ordered a review of speed camera policy on motorways earlier this year and Highways England has today confirmed their plan to increase the visibility of all speed cameras on the network.

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DfT: VCA to [re]investigate emissions in the UK

25th September 2015 | 0 Comments

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced yesterday that the British government will set up its own inquiry into car emissions and testing. This will be done through the UK regulator Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), which is itself a division of the Department for Transport, and will work with OEMs.

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Transport secretary pushing for European action on car emissions tests

22nd September 2015 | 0 Comments

In the wake of the VW scandal, UK Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is said to be pushing for European level action on car emissions tests. According to BBC News, he said: "We are closely monitoring the situation and have been pushing for action at a European level for more accurate tests that reflect driving on the road. It's vital that the public has confidence in vehicle emissions tests and I am calling for the European Commission to investigate this issue as a matter of urgency."

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£6 billion to be invested in fixing potholes

£6 billion to be invested in fixing potholes

23rd December 2014 | 0 Comments

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that a record £6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021. The announcement was made today (23 December 2014) and the investment amounts to £976 million a year, apparently enough to fix around 18 million potholes across the country. Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends. It is vital we have good quality roads. This government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.

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Tyre age campaigner meets industry in Westminster

Tyre age campaigner meets industry in Westminster

6th November 2014 | 0 Comments

Road safety campaigner and Brityrex 2014 TyreTalk speaker, Frances Molloy has been “encouraged” by the response from tyre industry representatives following a meeting in Westminster. Supported by Liverpool Walton MP, Labour’s Steve Rotheram, Molloy is campaigning for a change in the law on the fitment of aged tyres. Her son, Michael, was killed in a 2012 crash caused by the blowout of a second-hand, 19.5-year old tyre alongside a fellow passenger and the driver of a coach.

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Tyre campaigner says Transport Secretary ‘lacks leadership’ on tyre age legislation

Tyre campaigner says Transport Secretary ‘lacks leadership’ on tyre age legislation

9th October 2014 | 0 Comments

Prominent tyre legislation campaigner, Frances Molloy has described the Secretary of State for Transport’s response to the issue of aged tyres in the market as “weak and lacking in leadership”. Molloy is lobbying the government to change the law on the fitment of over-age tyres, and gave a powerful presentation during Brityrex International’s TyreTalk seminar programme in Manchester. Describing the coalition government of being “anti-legislation”, Molloy vowed to maintain her campaign until the government introduces legislation to restrict the fitment of old tyres on Public Service Vehicles.

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