Bridgestone aims to bring high performance to the smaller, sporty version of evergreen mass market brands with the Potenza Adrenalin RE002. The manufacturer describes this as being “designed with the sport conscious, thrill seeking driver in mind, possessing the ability to transform any car into a spirited, superior vehicle.” It has a line-up of sizes that includes 15 to 16 inch fitments for models such as the Fiesta RS and sports model Astra. It is, in Bridgestone’s opinion, “at its best on Britain’s maze of B roads and lanes.”
Vysionics ITS, makers of SPECS average-speed cameras, have agreed with the Advertising Standards Authority to change their advertising claims, following a complaint from Malcolm Heymer, traffic management adviser to the Alliance of British Drivers.
Michelin introduced the latest version of its road crane tyre range, the X-Crane+, at Intermat in spring 2012, with the product available since last summer. The tyre provides users with three important advantages: increased longevity, operator comfort and safety, and easy mounting to maximise uptime. The previous generation crane tyre, named sans +, was described as the market standard setter, but the new tyre, available in the segment’s best-selling 445/95R25 size, extends these properties, according to the French giant.
Over here in Blighty, pick-up trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are perhaps not the most practical vehicles for negotiating narrow country lanes and suburban roads. But in North America they are among the most popular vehicles in their class. Goodyear reports that General Motors has selected several of its tyres as original equipment on 2104 Silverado and Sierra models.
The HGV Road User Levy Act became law today (28 February) paving the way for a fairer deal for UK hauliers. Most EU states already charge lorries for using their roads which means that British vehicles have to pay to drive in Europe, while foreign lorries can drive in the UK without paying for the wear and tear they cause on the roads.
Bridgestone Europe has introduced the Exedra Max touring tyre for heavyweight, long distance touring bikes. Available in radial and cross-ply structures with 21 sizes for the front and 20 sizes for the rear, Exedra Max will progressively replace the current Exedra touring line-up in Europe.
Marangoni is targeting on/off road users with the latest addition to its Ringtread portfolio, the MIX100. The new product is aimed at on/off segment users who require high mileage at sustained speeds, such as vehicle operators wishing to reduce travel time between quarry and site, while demanding maximum grip and traction on a range of surfaces. The Italian retreading specialist says the MIX100 line-up has been thus developed to minimise vehicle downtime and guarantee high mileage and excellent traction.
One of the advantages of electric and hybrid vehicles is their quietness. Alternatively, one of the disadvantages of electric and hybrid vehicles is their quietness. According to an article in the Daily Mail, under EU rules these cars will have to be fitted with 'sound effects' (possibly replicating the sound of a petrol engine) to ensure that they are audible to pedestrians, blind people and other road users.
The news that a charge will be introduced was also well received by the Road Haulage Association, who said that the planned introduction by spring 2014 is especially welcome. This is a year earlier than set out in the consultation document and reflects strong lobbying by the RHA.
The Liberal Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favour of widespread 20mph limits, and government investment in this, at their party conference, which is taking place this week.
They called for local authorities "to give active consideration to introducing 20mph limits in existing residential and other suitable roads over the next few years, with schemes to be designed in consultation with local residents" and for a minister within the Department for Transport to be responsible for working with local authorities to achieve this.
The Department for Transport has released statistics concerning British road traffic levels for the second quarter of this year. The statistics are divided into vehicle types (cars, light vans, HGVs and other vehicles – this latter category includes motorcycles).
Nearly 14 million UK motorists have pledged to drive more economically as a direct result of high fuel costs, according to recent research from Green Flag breakdown service, which polled over 2,000 motorists.
Brake, the road safety charity, takes a diametrically opposed view to the ABD and is calling for government and local authorities to work towards 20mph being the norm in built-up areas, to help deliver a post-2012 legacy of active, healthy communities.
Earlier this week, some newspapers reported 20mph limits are 'not working' on the basis that casualties across all 20mph roads increased during 2010-11. rake is pointing out that the increase does not demonstrate heightened risks in 20mph limits, but is likely to result from 20mph limits becoming much more widespread, as many city, county and borough councils implement them across built up areas.