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Stockton Council plans to cut taxi licensing fees

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C ourtesy: BBC NEWS A Teesside council is planning to drop its taxi licensing fees for the second time in a year. In January Stockton Council reduced the yearly hackney and private hire vehicle owners fee by £30. Now it is planning to cut the fee by a further £30 after finding the council taxi licensing account had a “greater income ... Read More »

Bristol’s electric vehicle charging points seldom used

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS  Most electric car charging points in Bristol remain unused despite costing more than £100,000 to install. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show for the second half of 2012 there were just 14 users. The council’s 36 charging points were installed in 12 car parks in an attempt to boost electric car take-up. Bristol City Council said ... Read More »

Moray warning over bogus taxi drivers operating in Buckie

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Courtesy: BBC NEWS Moray warning over bogus taxi drivers operating in Buckie Concerns have been raised about rogue taxi drivers operating in Buckie. The discovery was made after legitimate drivers in the area had complained, about unlicensed taxis stealing their trade. Council officials have appealed for people to check the credentials of drivers and refuse to travel if they suspect ... Read More »

Driving licences should be graduated, says RAC Foundation

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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

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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

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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 »

Reading railway station’s northern entrance opens

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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

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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

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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 »

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