Ampera AmbulanceThe critical nature of an emergency response vehicle poses obvious challenges for carbon reduction. But this has not held back ambulance services across the country from greening their fleets. Alexis Keech, environmental and sustainability manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, reports

TelematicsAlthough usage-based insurance (UBI) is not yet widely available – or even widely known – it is currently being widely researched and tested by insurance carriers. UBI comes with real costs, and the technology and business models are still developing, so early adopters need to focus their investments

Road dividedPlans to double the amount of cash that local government pension funds are allowed to invest in transport infrastructure are out for consultation until December 6 2012

Transport NetworkBy April 2013, an initial list of prioritised schemes for funding (from 2015) is expected, so its full steam ahead for local decision making on major transport schemes. The consultation document contained some interesting responses, including population concerns and the exact role of the DfT in the process.

RSTADespite playing a major role in improving road safety, high friction surfacing’s acceptance in the UK in under threat from councils reducing their highway maintenance spend. The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has developed a number of initiatives to help progress and deliver best practice for its wider installation reports Howard Robinson, RSTA chief executive.

RSMAStandards, compliance and research are the key areas the Government needs to address if it is to achieve the goals set out in its Strategic Framework for Road Safety, says the Road Safety Markings Association, which publishes its 2012 Lifelines report in the Autumn

RailwayDetails of a £9 billion investment in the railway system in England and Wales has been unveiled by the government today.

FleetToby Poston of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association looks at contract hire and leasing as a way to cut costs in public sector fleet procurement and management

Motorway trafficThe three main themes of the recently published Pothole Review include prevention is better than cure, get it right first time and clarity of communication. These can all be addressed by the availability of the suite of best practice guides being developed by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) together with ADEPT reports Howard Robinson, RSTA chief executive

The DfT’s proposal to give local communities control for decisions affecting local transport is a radical change, and has generated a diverse range of views from stakeholders. It proposes devising a new system - devolving capital funding for local major transport schemes to democratically accountable local transport bodies. Transport Business looks at some of the already published responses to the consulation, which ended at the beginning of April this year

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