Half of all road markings on England’s highways are so worn that they need replacing immediately or need to be scheduled for replacement now, according to a survey of nearly 4,000km of the country’s roads. LifeLines England, a report based on the survey carried out by the Road Safety Markings Association, and published today (13 March), found that 52 per cent of markings on motorways, 42 per cent on dual carriageways, and 48 per cent on single carriageways all need replacing immediately or need to be scheduled for replacement now. The survey, the most comprehensive published of its kind, also shows that just 16 per cent of markings on England’s motorways and 13 per cent on single carriageways make the “excellent” grade.
The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Government’s decision to offer local highway authorities £80 million to fix the roads most damaged by severe weather. However, with the possibility that we will see more occasions when severe weather will affect our road network, highway authorities must look at their whole life maintenance plans to build and maintain more reliable, resilient roads.
Turkish tyre manufacturer Petlas expanded its winter offering with the introduction of an SUV-orientated range in December. Petlas’s newest addition to the winter line up is the Explero W671, designed to fit a wide selection of 4x4s and SUVs.
Metzeler has launched its 2014 Calendar, celebrating its ongoing commitment to road racing. The 21st edition of the calendar has 19 coloured and black and white images and is accompanied by a mini documentary “The road to legend: a story about road racing”.
Over 9,500 construction jobs will be supported in 2014 by more than £1.9 billion of investment in Britain’s roads, said Transport Minister Robert Goodwill announced.
The total investment in 209 schemes is £4.3 billion, £1.9 billion of which will be spent in 2014 alone – more than twice the amount spent in 2013.
From April next year UK driving test candidates will no longer be able to use foreign language voiceovers and interpreters on test. The move, announced today by Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill, follows a public consultation.
ŠKODA Motorsport driver Jan Kopecký says that becoming the 2013 FIA European Rally Champion is “a dream come true”, after he clinched the title with victory on Rally Croatia.
Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler made a risk-free start in Croatia, before showing their class on the slippery asphalt roads along the Adriatic coast and moving into the lead in their factory ŠKODA Fabia S2000.
A new addition has been made to the winter tyre private label distributed by point S. The WinterStar 3 follows on from the WinterStar 2, a point S says it offers optimised traction and braking performance on snow, very good aquaplaning qualities, improved handling on dry roads, high stability in curves and low rolling noise and higher rolling comfort.
Despite the dangers involved, texting while driving is perfectly legal in at least ten US states. Yet the practice has many opponents, including Goodyear Tire & Rubber, who today is sending out the blimps to spread an anti- texting and driving message. The messages carried by the three Goodyear blimps today promote ‘It Can Wait’, a US-wide education and awareness campaign encouraging drivers never to text while behind the wheel.
Cooper is backing a septuagenarian crew on the final leg of its around-the-world expedition. The ‘Heaven Can Wait I’m Busy’ endured a series of setbacks delaying the arrival of the Cooper Discoverer A/T3-shod Jimnys into Vancouver from Hong Kong, but the two vehicles arrived safely on Canadian soil on July 22. It was then a further five days before the cars, which have traversed some of the world’s harshest terrains, were cleared by customs.
Michelin has announced it will globally, and exclusively, supply tyres for the new Ferrari 458 Speciale. In developing its new Pilot Sport Cup 2 for the Ferrari, Michelin says it and the Italian car maker “pooled their cutting-edge engineering resources, wheel assembly expertise, passion for performance, measuring technology and the skills and analytical capabilities of their developers and test drivers.”
The cost to motorists of putting biofuels into petrol will be as much as £224 million more each year than the government estimated, says ActionAid. According to ActionAid-commissioned research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the government has underestimated the additional costs of biofuels due to inadequate price projection models used by various departments to calculate costs. This extra cost is in addition to the £1-£1.8 billion extra cost to motorists as a result of the UK's biofuels policies that IISD already documented in 2012.
Italian braking brand Tarox has launched its latest kit, a product that it excitingly calls “the very definition of over-engineered”. The company says the finished 410mm front brake upgrade for the popular Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5 V8 J200 model offers improvements in both control and retardation. The kit is aimed at both enthusiasts looking to get more out of their car off-road, but also at the many conversion companies that armour or equip the ultra-tough Land Cruiser for life on the front line.
Falken Tyre Europe is sponsoring a ‘rally with a difference’ this month. Yesterday, cars competing in the Black Sea Circle rally headed off from Berlin, and Falken says this – Europe’s most eastern rally – is “about driving the way it used to be.” The rally route takes competitors around the Black Sea as far as Odessa, a total distance of 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles).