Utility firms face £2,500 a day fine for peak time roadworks

Councils will be given the power to charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day for digging up the busiest roads at peak times. The Department for Transport said lane rental schemes, which have been trialled in Kent and London, have helped to significantly reduce delays and could now be rolled out nationwide. The aim […]

Green car registrations rocket in July

The number of new green cars on the road has jumped this month according to a trade body’s new figures which show a wider trend of car registrations going up in July. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the number of alternative fuel vehicles registered rose by almost half – with a big […]

Motorists up in arms over fuel duty increase

Even though taxing poor grannies grabbed the headlines, there was plenty of noise coming from motorists. Many expressed disbelief over George Osborne’s refusal to stop an increase to fuel duty. A 3.02 pence per litre fuel duty increase will take effect on 1 August as planned, it was confirmed in yesterday’s Budget. It means the […]

Plaid Cymru slams Welsh MPs as fuel regulator bid fails

Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesman Jonathan Edwards today slammed “the complacency of Welsh MPs”, as 50% failed to turn up for a vote on fuel prices. Plaid Cymru and the SNP last night led a Westminster debate on how to tackle rising fuel prices. Both parties wanted the government to establish a fuel duty regulator. But […]

Cameron urged to maintain fuel price stabiliser pressure

Friends of the Earth have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to maintain his pressure on the Treasury for a fuel price stabiliser. Mr Cameron wants to reform the tax system to incorporate a fuel price stabiliser – where the rate of duty is cut as oil prices rise, and increased as they fall – but […]