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14 January 2015 at 11:39

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has invited government officials, operators and HR advisers to a one-day summit aimed at tackling a shortage of qualified drivers in the road transport sector.More than 200 delegates have already signed up to the Solving the Driver Crisis summit, which is to take place at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry on March 12.The event aims to assess how big the probl...

14 January 2015 at 11:39

The sharp drop in fuel prices helped to bring the rate of inflation down to a record low of only 0.5% in December.Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the consumer price index (CPI) measure of inflation has fallen to a level of 0.5% only once before, in May 2000.The decrease means that Bank of England governor Mark Carney will have to write an explanatory letter to Ch...

14 January 2015 at 11:39

Young men continue to suffer "horrendous" injuries in road traffic accidents, peers warned, as they called on all parties to find a "radical" way to deal with the high number of young people involved in collisions.Labour peer Lord Jordan said he wants to see a green paper on young drivers that will set out "more radical solutions" than is currently the case.He said cross-party commitment was ne...

13 January 2015 at 09:55

Skoda is celebrating after selling over a million vehicles last year. It is the first time the company, which is 119 years-old, has hit the target.Chief executive Winfried Vahland said Skoda had made good ground at a challenging time and continued to expand.He said the record sales put the company firmly in the 'Champions League' of world car-makers.Skoda laid out its ambitions for this year, ...

13 January 2015 at 09:55

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is getting a makeover this week, using CGI technology. Until this week, learners have seen video recordings of real roads showing common situations that may present them with issues when driving.The Government says the image quality is not as sharp as it could be and it is now harnessing CGI to improve things.As the road situations shown ar...

13 January 2015 at 09:55

Motorists in the North West face four months of travel disruption as a multi-million-pound roadworks project is carried out on the M53.The £2.8 million Highways Agency scheme will see lanes reinstated and weight restrictions removed at junction two near Moreton on the Wirral.Two new bridges at the junction which carry slip roads over the motorway are also set to be renewed.Work is due to begin ...

13 January 2015 at 09:55

The Government has welcomed Jaguar Land Rover's decision to build its new crossover SUV model in Britain - a move which will create 1,300 jobs.The car maker announced that its newest model will be built at the company's site in Solihull, in the West Midlands.Business Secretary Vince Cable said the move was "great news" for the manufacturing sector in the UK and a "ringing endorsement" of the co...

12 January 2015 at 13:01

Motoring icon Aston Martin has kicked off the new year by introducing its latest influx of apprentices at its global HQ in Warwickshire.Recent weeks have seen 12 new apprentices start work with Aston Martin at the Gaydon facility, with a further two clay modelling apprentices beginning this month.Aston Martin receives in excess of 600 applications for its apprenticeship scheme each year, making...

12 January 2015 at 13:01

Customers could be getting confused by the rising number of niche models entering the new car market, research has suggested.UK motoring guide Glass's, which also provides vehicle valuations, said that some niche models were becoming too widely available while others were poorly focused.Rupert Pontin, head of valuations at Glass's, warned that a drop in values of used models of the niche produc...

12 January 2015 at 13:01

A cruise control system which is capable of predicting and reacting to another car cutting into a motorist's lane using a smoother braking action is being launched by Honda.The Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) system will be first introduced in the new European CR-V and takes a step forward from the traditional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system. It is based on extensive real-world...

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