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Driving licences should be graduated, says RAC Foundation

Courtesy: BBC NEWS Learner drivers in the UK should face a graduated system of licences to help reduce road deaths, says a report by the RAC Foundation. The study suggests that hundreds of lives a year could be saved if such a system were adopted. New drivers would face a four-year learning period during which they would be subject to ... Read More »

Driverless cars to be tested on UK roads

Courtesy: BBC NEWS Driverless cars will be tested on public roads by the end of 2013, says the UK government. So far, UK trials of the autonomous vehicles have taken place only on private land. Driverless cars are guided by a system of sensors and cameras and are seen as potentially safer and more efficient than regular vehicles. As a ... Read More »

London Taxi Company sells 400 cabs to Saudi Arabia

Courtesy: BBC NEWS A Coventry-based black taxi manufacturer is to sell 400 cabs to Saudi Arabia. The London Taxi Company has secured a deal with Ujra Holding Company for 200 black taxis after it initially ordered 200 in assorted colours. Chinese car maker Geely bought the company, formerly known as LTI, for £11.4m in October, when the former owners went into ... Read More »

Royal Mail To Be Floated On Stock Exchange

Courtesy: BBC NEWS Business Secretary Vince Cable has confirmed that the government will sell Royal Mail through a flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Mr Cable told MPs that employees would be given 10% of shares for free in the biggest employee share scheme in nearly 30 years. The sale is likely to value the business at £2bn-£3bn. Members of ... Read More »

Reading railway station’s northern entrance opens

Courtesy: BBC NEWS A new transport hub intended to cut bus journey times to Reading train station has been opened as part of an ongoing redevelopment. The northern entrance has been transformed to include new bus stops, a taxi rank and pedestrian access. Bus passengers coming from the north of the town can stop at the new hub rather than ... Read More »

Wrightbus pre-tax profits almost treble

Courtesy: BBC NEWS Wrightbus, the Ballymena-based bus builder, has reported a near trebling of pre-tax profits for 2012. The firm made £3.85m on turnover of £157m an improvement in 2011 when it returned £1.32m on turnover of £133m. The directors said the performance was “satisfactory”, showing “reasonable growth in most business sectors”. They added that 2013 had started well with ... Read More »

Ground-breaking Orange march talks end without resolution

Courtesy: BBC NEWS The first talks between the Orange Order and north Belfast nationalists have ended withoutest agreement. The talks were arranged in a bid to avoid a repetition of disturbances that marked previous 12 July Orange parades in the Ardoyne area. A residents’ spokesman described the talks as significant but added that they had been initiated too close to ... Read More »

Man hit by bus in Glasgow

 Courtesy: BBC NEWS A 77-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a bus in Glasgow, police have said. It is thought that the man had been crossing Sauchiehall Street when he was struck by the vehicle. Emergency crews were called to the scene of the crash, between Newton Street and Holland Street, at 17:30 ... Read More »

South Gloucestershire’s car parking camera comes into force

 Courtesy: BBC NEWS A mobile enforcement car is to be used in South Gloucestershire to catch drivers parking dangerously outside schools, bus stops and taxi ranks. Fitted with number plate recognition cameras and GPS technology it will also film vehicles on pedestrian crossings. Costing £74,000 a year to run, the vehicle “should pay for itself with a net contribution of about ... Read More »

Alex Attwood delays taxi industry reform plans

 Courtesy: BBC NEWS The Environment Minister Alex Attwood has delayed plans to introduce a single tier licensing system for at least a year. The new system would have meant that the public would have been able to pick up any taxi in Belfast without having to pre book. Earlier this month about 200 public hire taxi drivers protested against the move. ... Read More »

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