Motor industry hits back at ‘dirty diesel’ tag

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Hilary Osborne covered the news that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has responded to the negative coverage about the diesel vehicles by saying the latest models are “the cleanest in history” and “light years away from their older counterparts”. The SSMT indicated the diesel-powered cars coming off production comply with Euro 6 emissions…

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£3m more for Scottish Green Bus Fund

Low emission vehicles operated by Lothian Buses

Chris Ames has covered the news that the Scottish Government has announced a further £3 million funding towards the purchase of low carbon emission buses. Bus operators, local authorities and regional transport partnerships across Scotland can apply for the cash from the Scottish Green Bus Fund, now in its seventh year. Transport minister Humza Yousaf…

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Firms could be sued over diesel cancer

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Jonathan Leake has reported that the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued warnings to employers telling them that they are legally obliged to protect their staff from diesel fumes. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, have reclassified diesel fumes…

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HS2 contracts row could derail timetable

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Alan Tovey has reported that the row over how contracts were awarded on the £56bn HS2 rail link project threatens to throw the timetable off track. Problems emerged when Mace threatened legal action over the decision to award a £170m Phase 2B contract to CH2M, which has close links to the HS2 assignment. The deal…

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Transport secretary called to account after HS2 contract derailed

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Robert Lea has reported that transport secretary Chris Grayling and chairman of HS2 Sir David Higgins have been summoned to appear before the transport committee next week to explain the crisis surrounding the appointment of an external project manager for the high-speed rail link. The situation resulted in the winning bidder, American consulting engineering group…

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Troubled Southern ‘should hand over services’

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Graeme Paton has covered the news that a report looking into the problems at Southern Rail will call for the company to be cut back, and for some of its services to be moved to other operators to force its parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway, to focus on London commuter routes. The report, originally meant…

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Free bus pass transforms older Scots’ travel happiness

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Alastair Dalton has reported that two thirds of over 65s who took part in a new Glasgow University study were happy with transport in 2010 compared to fewer than half 13 years earlier. This was attributed to the money they saved from the introduction of free bus travel for the over-60s in 2006, encouraging them…

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Self-driving cars ‘will add £8bn to the UK economy’

Self-driving cars ‘will add £8bn to the UK economy’

Alan Tovey has reported that Britain’s autonomy economy could be worth £8bn a year, with Ford and BMW pledging their support to Britain the day after Article 50 was invoked. Motor industry chiefs heard how autonomous cars could boost their earnings power, through research coinciding with the SMMT’s Connected Car conference. The study by PwC…

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Car makers fear ‘biggest threat in a generation’

Car makers fear 'biggest threat in a generation'

Alan Tovey has reported that more than half of the 1.7 million cars produced in the UK are exported to Europe, leading carmakers to warn Brexit poses the ‘biggest threat in a generation’ to the £72bn-a-year industry. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “Triggering Article 50 has started…

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