Cost of UK car insurance leaps 11% to record high

Julia Kollewe reports that the cost of car insurance has soared by 11%, nearly four times the rate of inflation, over the past year, taking the cost of motor cover to a record high according to the Association of British Insurers. UK drivers are paying an average £484 for an annual insurance policy, up £48…

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Ten-minute rail delays will no longer be called ‘on time’

Graeme Paton has reported that rail bosses are preparing to scrap rules that allow trains to be classed as “on time,” even if they are running up to ten minutes late. From April 2019 services will be expected to reach individual stations within a minute of their scheduled arrival, to avoid being officially classified as…

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Pay-per mile road plan wins transport prize

A graduate transport planner has won a £250,000 prize for a plan to introduce a pay-per-mile charging scheme on Britain’s roads. As Gwyn Topham at the Guardian (notes, the scheme would reward users of cleaner vehicles – and allocate 20pc of funds directly for road repair. Gergely Raccuja, 27, said: ‘The key to our entry…

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Humans are the weak link in self driving cars

Peter Campbell reports that Audi this week launched its new A8 saloon. Equipped with the latest in self-driving technology, the vehicle will be able to take control in slow-moving situation on highways but will hand control back to the driver once it speeds up or traffic around it clears. However, some carmakers deem this fundamentally…

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Dockless cycle scheme is launched in London

London’s first dockless hire bicycles were launched yesterday in the first phase of the rollout by Singaporean company oBike to cities across the UK, according to the Guardian (Laura Laker). The company delivered 400 bikes to Tower Hamlets, with plans to put thousands more across London this month. The bikes can be located and unlocked…

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Road funds cut as councils rake in cash from parking

Graeme Paton reported on a study by the AA has found that local councils are cutting back on funds for lollipop men and women, streetlights and pothole repairs despite collecting millions of pounds extra in parking charges and penalties for people driving in bus lanes. Almost two-thirds of councils have cut their highways budget for…

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