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CCTV could be made mandatory in taxis in England and Wales

Licensing law proposals also include more rigorous regime on driver background checksTaxis and minicab drivers in England and Wales could be forced to install CCTV in their vehicles under government proposals to tighten up licensing laws.Local authorities might also have to conduct enhanced criminal record and background checks on every driver. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Wales, Society, UK News, Transport, Local Government, Cctv, Road transport, Transport policy


Monumental issues around Stonehenge | Letters

Malcolm Reading says it is more likely that ancient Greece and Rome, rather than Stonehenge, were the inspiration for The Circus in Bath, John Bailey wonders whether Chris Grayling is the right person to resolve road planning issues around the monument, Phil Turner says the need for the military training area nearby is questionable, and Mark Lyall wonders whether a relocation of the stones would be easierIt is fanciful to assign Stonehenge as the inspiration of the architect John Wood’s Circus i...
Tags: Politics, Greece, UK News, World news, Rome, Architecture, Military, Art and design, Transport, Athens, Chris Grayling, Road transport, Transport policy, Stonehenge, Charlotte Higgins, John Wood


Number of bus journeys in England falls by 85m in a year

Labour says official figures show devastating impact of Tory cuts on local services The number of bus passenger journeys in England slumped by 85m last year, according to figures that Labour said highlighted the devastating impact of cuts to local services under the current government. Related: Don’t sneer at Jeremy Corbyn: for millions, buses really do matter | Owen Jones Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public finance, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Labour, Transport, Local Government, Road transport, Transport policy, Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Jones


UK 'pothole epidemic' helps fuel surge in callouts, says AA

Effects from both extreme cold and hot weather on roads dents company profitsThe AA has said a “pothole epidemic” caused by the “beast from the east” contributed to the highest number of vehicle breakdown callouts in 15 years.The company said core earnings in the roadside vehicle recovery business fell 17% in the six months to the end of July, due to the increased expenditure and higher costs needed to use third-party garages to house the much higher number ofvehicles that broke down. Continue r...
Tags: Business, UK, Money, Insurance, UK News, Insurance industry, Road Safety, Motoring, Road transport


'The rich man's road': Nairobi slum demolished for highway

A road project has taken the homes of 2,000 families without compensation – yet over half of Kenyans travel on footEarly on Sunday morning on the outskirts of Nairobi, hundreds of people gathered amid the rubble where their church once stood. Pastors preached atop bare foundations. Worshippers, dressed in their Sunday best, sat on shattered bricks and broken concrete. Pamphlets, family photos and school papers littered the ground.Days before, they had watched as bulldozers tore through their nei...
Tags: Africa, Communities, Society, World news, Poverty, Cities, Social exclusion, Kenya, Road transport, Nairobi, Kibera


'The rich man's road': thousands evicted as Nairobi slum demolished for highway

A road project has taken the homes of 2,000 families without compensation – yet over half of Kenyans travel on footEarly on Sunday morning on the outskirts of Nairobi, hundreds of people gathered amid the rubble where their church once stood. Pastors preached atop bare foundations. Worshippers, dressed in their Sunday best, sat on shattered bricks and broken concrete. Pamphlets, family photos and school papers littered the ground.Days before, they had watched as bulldozers tore through their nei...
Tags: Africa, Communities, Society, World news, Poverty, Cities, Social exclusion, Kenya, Road transport, Nairobi, Kibera


'It will not benefit us – we don't have cars': Nairobi community demolished for road

Without compensation, 2,000 families have lost their homes to a highway extension – yet over half of Kenyans travel on footEarly on Sunday morning on the outskirts of Nairobi, hundreds of people gathered amid the rubble where their church once stood. Pastors preached atop bare foundations. Worshippers, dressed in their Sunday best, sat on shattered bricks and broken concrete. Pamphlets, family photos and school papers littered the ground.Days before, they had watched as bulldozers tore through t...
Tags: Africa, Communities, Society, World news, Poverty, Cities, Social exclusion, Kenya, Road transport, Nairobi, Kibera


Uber to face stricter EU regulation after ECJ rules it is transport firm

Company loses challenge by Barcelona taxi drivers’ group, which argued Uber was directly involved in carrying passengersUber is a transport services company, the European court of justice (ECJ) has ruled, requiring it to accept stricter regulation and licensing within the EU as a taxi operator.The decision in Luxembourg, after a challenge brought by taxi drivers in Barcelona, will apply across the whole of the EU, including the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Uber, Europe, UK, Technology, Law, Eu, Barcelona, European Union, UK News, World news, Transport, Court of justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, Road transport, Ecj, European Court of Justice ECJ


Black cab shape not distinctive enough to be trademark, say judges

Appeal court rules against London Taxi Company, which claimed exclusive right to shape of its cars in order to thwart rival firmNew-style taxis could soon roll on to city roads after court of appeal judges ruled that the shape of the traditional London black cab was not distinctive enough to be a trademark.The London Taxi Company wanted to claim exclusive rights to the black cab shape and thwart a rival firm. But Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Floyd have upheld a ruling made last year by ...
Tags: London, Law, UK News, Intellectual Property, Road transport, London Taxi Company, Floyd, Kitchin


UK may consider electric vehicle subsidy to increase cycling

Roads minister Jesse Norman says government could push councils to do more to fight pollution and inactive livingThe UK government could potentially consider providing subsidies for electric bicycles and electric cars as part of a concerted policy effort to get more people cycling, the roads minister, Jesse Norman, has said.With the UK facing health crises from pollution and inactive living, other plans could include using electric cargo bikes to deliver packages from internet retailers rather t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Climate Change, Environment, Life and style, Society, UK News, Cities, Pollution, Cycling, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living, Travel and transport, Local Government, Local Politics


The road ahead for Uber and capitalism | Letters

Uber should license its software to other taxi firms and charge users £1.99 for its app, says Ken Patterson; social trading can change the world, says John BirdYour correspondents from charities supporting people with disabilities quite rightly say that “disabled people deserve to benefit from the greater choice of affordable and accessible travel that competition and innovation delivers” (Letters, 2 October). They go on to say that “Uber provides this opportunity” – er, no. Uber does no such th...
Tags: Uber, Technology, London, Society, World news, Disability, Road transport, Ken Patterson, John BirdYour, Ken PattersonLeeds


Older people increasingly relying on offspring to drive them

Ageing parents are two and a half times more likely to rely on their children to drive them around than they were in 2011Ageing parents are two and a half times more likely to rely on their children to drive them to hospital appointments, on shopping trips and other important journeys than five years previously, research by the AA motoring group has uncovered.On the flipside, the so-called mates’ taxi is becoming less popular among teenage drivers, offering the hope of fewer multiple-fatality cr...
Tags: Money, Society, UK News, Consumer affairs, Young People, Older people, Road Safety, Motoring, Road transport, Aa


Taxi laws need updating to tackle child sexual abuse, say councils

Local governments want more powers to improve passenger safety after cases involving attacks on childrenTaxi laws need urgently updating to combat child sexual exploitation, councils have warned.Some taxi legislation dates back to 1847 and needs strengthening to improve passenger safety following the proliferation of app-based firms and increased cross-border hiring, according to the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales. Continue readin...
Tags: Uber, England, Children, Wales, Society, UK News, Transport, Local Government, City transport, Road transport, Sexual Harassment, Local Government Association LGA


With particles, size really matters

Engineers call them nano-particles, and close to congested roads and busy airports, we inhale them in astonishing numbersIn 1996, the Scottish scientist Anthony Seaton put forward a new theory about the health problems from modern air pollution. Throughout our evolution, we have always lived with dusts, but Seaton suggested that the problems from modern air pollution were due to the sheer number of tiny pollution particles that we are now exposed to. Related: Time for the oil industry to snuf...
Tags: Health, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Pollution, Air transport, Road transport, Seaton, Anthony Seaton


Woman cleared of careless driving after crowd-funded prosecution

Cycling UK fund brought case against Gail Purcell for allegedly failing to see Michael Mason riding on central London streetA woman accused of knocking down and killing a cyclist has been cleared of careless driving following a crowd-funded private prosecution.Gail Purcell, 59, allegedly failed to spot Michael Mason, 70, as he rode along Regent Street in central London. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Life and style, UK News, Cycling, Road Safety, Road transport, Crown Prosecution Service, Regent Street, Michael Mason, Gail Purcell


Why bookies’ workers are odds-on to lose out | Brief letters

Bookies’ pay | Plurals | Priest shortage | Driverless cars | Postman in shorts | Reasonable readersWhile considering that it may take Laurence Robertson MP almost a month to earn the £5,166 he received in hospitality (Bookies woo MPs amid fears over problem gambling, 2 January), readers might like to consider that an employee of a high street bookmaker would need to work for about four months to earn the same amount. Like many retail workers, they receive no extra pay for working unsocial hours ...
Tags: Technology, Gambling, Religion, Society, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, Road Safety, Road transport, Laurence Robertson


Autumn statement: brill for builders, perturbing for pensioners

Philip Hammond’s £2.3bn infrastructure fund is a boon for construction workers, but the pensions ‘triple lock’ may be doomedPhilip Hammond’s first autumn statement has delivered winners and losers. But who are they? Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Money, Housing, Insurance, Communities, Society, UK News, Public finance, Work & careers, Employee Benefits, Property, Philip Hammond, Pensions, Road transport, Hammond


How I pass the old grey hitchhiker test in a kilt | Letters

I enjoyed reading your letters (Giving a thumbs-up to the lost art of hitching, 1 October). I have hitchhiked worldwide for more than 40 years, both for the challenge, and the need to get from A to B cheaply. Like Alison Griffies, I am astonished at how easily greying hair (and my beard) helps me catch a ride. Even more astonishing are the number of single women motorists who feel able to stop and help me on my way.Wearing my kilt always helps of course, and I’ve hitchhiked thousands of miles in...
Tags: Travel, Society, Disability, Vw, New Zealand, Edinburgh, Road transport, Taunton


Commuting is now a fact of life. We just need to make it less awful

Better transport links would mean easier commutes and less overcrowding in cities, as workers opt for cheaper housing further from their workplacesOver the course of a weekday morning in Manchester, a significant change takes place. As trains, trams and cars zip along roads and tracks, the population alters rapidly. More than half of the people facing computer screens or talking to colleagues at 10am were not sleeping in the city hours earlier: they were in other towns and cities. Nearly 180,000...
Tags: Housing, Communities, Society, Cities, Manchester, Transport, Rail transport, Commuting, Road transport, Transport policy, Public Leaders Network, Housing Network, Community building, Community Engagement


Dangerous drivers should not be allowed to choose trial by jury | Martin Porter

It might seem an unlikely thing for a QC to advocate – but this is about justice: jurors are too ready to acquit drivers who cause death or injury to pedestrians and cyclistsTrial by a jury of your peers when accused of a serious crime is a bedrock of the English legal system. And careless or dangerous driving can be hugely serious, devastating countless lives every year. But I’m going to argue that when it comes to some driving offences that are triable “either way” – when defendants have the o...
Tags: Law, UK News, UK criminal justice, Cycling, Transport, Road Safety, Road transport, Trial By Jury, Martin Porter


Drivers who kill should not be allowed to choose trial by jury | Martin Porter

It might seem an unlikely thing for a QC to advocate – but this is about justice: jurors are too ready to acquit drivers who cause the death of pedestrians and cyclistsTrial by a jury of your peers when accused of a serious crime is a bedrock of the English legal system. And careless or dangerous driving can be hugely serious, devastating countless lives every year. But I’m going to argue that when it comes to some driving offences that are triable “either way” – when defendants have the option ...
Tags: Law, UK News, UK criminal justice, Cycling, Transport, Road Safety, Road transport, Trial By Jury, Martin Porter


More child road deaths in summer months than winter, says RAC report

Better weather and longer days in summer mean more children are playing outside, which could expose them to greater riskMore children die on the roads in the longer summer days than in winter, according to research from the RAC Foundation.The biggest number of child road casualties in Britain were recorded in July, according to research based on a five-year average from 2010-14. Continue reading...
Tags: Children, RAC, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Road Safety, Road transport, RAC Foundation


George Osborne's November pledges: how far has he got?

The chancellor made many promises in his autumn statement and spending review in November – but how many has been able to keep?As George Osborne puts the finishing touches to his budget, voters may well be bracing themselves for yet another smoke-and-mirrors performance. Like so many chancellors before him, the government’s austerity champion has had to fend off plenty of accusations of double-counting, re-announcing and empty promises. Related: George Osborne gets mixed economic news in week ...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Budget, Money, Housing, Economics, George Osborne, Society, UK News, Public finance, Budget Deficit, Mental Health, Economic policy, Property, Welfare


Are we on the right road to responsible drinking? | Letters

On Friday the House of Lords will debate lowering the drink-driving limit, as a bill to amend the Road Traffic Act reaches committee stage. We urge the Lords to support this bill. There are currently about 5,620 alcohol-related road traffic accidents a year in England, resulting in approximately 240 deaths and 8,000 injuries. The existing evidence is clear that lowering the blood-alcohol concentration limit from 80mg/100ml, as the bill proposes, to 50mg/100ml would reduce this burden.It would sa...
Tags: Health, England, Scotland, Alcohol, Society, World news, House Of Lords, NHS, Road Safety, Alcoholism, Road transport


Call to remove gender from UK passports and driving licences

Chair of committee looking at transgender equality says male/female references unnecessary on official documents Passports and driving licences should not state if the holder is male or female because it causes problems for transgender people, a Conservative MP has said.Maria Miller, who chairs the women and equalities committee, said the government should “strip back” talking about gender unless it was necessary. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Politics, UK, Conservative, Society, UK News, Transgender, Transport, Road transport, Maria Miller, Passport Office


Uber's global battle moves to London

Ride-hailing app faces showdown in high court over whether its service breaches rules stating that only London black cabs can use metersUber’s running global battle with taxi drivers, politicians and legal authorities moves to London next week with a court hearing that could deal a blow to the ride-hailing app in one of its most successful markets.The San Francisco-based company has 18,000 registered partners, or drivers, in the UK capital. But that growth could be checked in the high court on M...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Politics, UK, Technology, London, Law, San Francisco, UK News, World news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Boris Johnson, Road transport, Tfl, Transport for London TfL


VW faces deluge of UK legal claims over emissions tests

Law firms say car owners, dealerships and shareholders may have strong case as Germany confirms defeat devices were fitted in European modelsVolkswagen faces a barrage of legal claims from British car owners over the emissions tests scandal, according to top law firms.Lawyers say they have been inundated with inquiries from VW drivers whose vehicles may have been far more polluting than claimed, after the German carmaker admitted installing defeat devices to cheat tests. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, Money, Law, Climate Change, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Pollution, Vw, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living


Drivers face roadside drug test in Christmas crackdown

New ‘drugalyser’ kits will allow police to test samples of saliva instantly to detect for illegal narcotics and legal highsA new roadside test could be used by police as part of a Christmas and New Year crackdown on drug-driving, a Home Office minister has indicated.The policing minister Mike Penning said motorists pulled over would not know whether they would be breathalysed, “drugalysed” or both.
Tags: Politics, Drugs, Society, World news, Home Office, Transport, Road Safety, Road transport, Transport policy, Mike Penning


London population to reach record high next year

Soon there will be more Londoners than ever before but some of the challenges the city will face are much the same as they were decades ago At some point in the New Year it will be formally announced that Greater London’s population is the biggest in its history. City Hall number crunchers are trying to pin down a date to proclaim that the previous high of 8.615 million has been topped.Some may be surprised that the present record figure was hit not recently but in 1939, the first year of World ...
Tags: Europe, England, London, Housing, Environment, Communities, Society, United Kingdom, Transport, Travel and transport, Population, Road transport, Transport policy, Congestion charging, Greater London


Children’s doctors urge national 20mph limit in built-up areas

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health suggests set of measures to help reduce UK’s child mortality rateThe national speed limit in built-up areas should be cut to 20mph to reduce the death toll of children on the roads, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has said.The college has challenged the next government to implement the new limit as part of a set of measures that it says would help reduce the UK’s child mortality rate – the second worst in Europe – and radically impr...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Children, Society, UK News, Transport, Road transport, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health



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