Ministers slam brakes on costly anti-speeding courses

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Graeme Paton has reported that ministers are to crackdown on speed awareness courses as they apparently fail to change driving habits and are seen as a way for police forces to make money. Police charge £100 and retain £35 from each driver to cover administration with over 6.1m courses conducted over a five-year period, resulting…

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Rail operators battle to keep services on track during strike

Rail operators battle to keep services on track during strike

Robert Wright has reported that Southern, Northern Rail and Merseyrail will run as many services as possible, and at least half of planned services, despite simultaneous strikes on Monday, as unions argue against working practice changes. Graeme Paton for The Times reported that up to 2,000 railways workers are expected to take part in the…

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Cuts kill off hundreds of bus routes

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Keir Mudie has reported a new study from the Campaign for Better Transport, which claims that 2,900 UK bus services have been cut since 2010 due to reductions in public spending. The study estimates that 500 routes have been lost so far this year as local councils trim bus subsidies.

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Vans deliver toxins 23 times over limit

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Jonathan Leake and Annabel Murphy have reported that the mainly diesel engines used in Britain’s fleet of delivery vans emit up to 23 times more toxins than allowed under UK law. On-road emissions tests by Emissions Analytics were carried out on 26 vans typically used for home deliveries by Royal Mail, Amazon, supermarket chains and other retailers. The most polluting…

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Letter on rail strike a stunt, claims RMT

Letter on rail strike a stunt claims RMT

The Times have covered the news that Mick Cash, leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, has described an offer from Merseyrail of talks to head off planned industrial action as “a stunt” that is “solely to talk about axing our members’ current jobs”. RMT members are set to walk out on Monday in…

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