OBR report suggests 23% fuel duty rise

Although it wasn’t mentioned in the Chancellor’s Commons speech today, analysis of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s report into the autumn station suggests fuel duty could rise sharply next March. On page 57 or the 68-page document, the OBR report‘s “risks and uncertainties” section mentions the rise. The document says: “The planned 23 per cent […]

EVs lose tax exemption – reaction

The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced “that from 2025 electric vehicles will no longer be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty”. The decision was announced in the Autumn Statement in the Commons. His full comment on the issue was: “Because the OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) forecast that half of all new vehicles will be electric […]

RSMA publishes TOP MARKS 2022

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has today published its annual magazine Top Marks. In a departure from previous publications and as part the RSMA’s continuing drive to reduce its carbon footprint, this year’s edition is only available in digital format. A free copy can be accessed here. Top Marks is a must read for […]

Highways Sector Council commits to Net Zero Highways  

As the world meets at COP 27 to discuss global climate change the Highways Sector Council (HSC) is today releasing its Net Zero Highways plan, highlighting the progress made by the sector and the ongoing work by various bodies to reduce carbon emissions. HSC commits to working collaboratively to enable the achievement of: The Climate Change Committee’s balanced […]

Work starts on £6.4m Tadcaster Road scheme

One of the busiest roads in York is benefitting from £6.4 million of improvements, with preliminary works already starting on the ground from this month. Improvements to Tadcaster Road will ensure that the route can continue to cope with current and future travel demands. It will also create a safer and more attractive environment, which […]

Government grants development consent for A57 Link Roads

The Department for Transport has announced that the A57 Link Roads (previously known as Trans Pennine Upgrade Programme) application has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Transport. The A57 Link Roads project will include the creation of two new link roads: (1) Mottram Moor Link Road – a new dual carriageway […]

New consultation starts on A27 Arundel bypass

National Highways has confirmed details of the supplementary consultation into proposals for the A27 Arundel bypass and is encouraging everyone interested to have their say on updated information. The four-week consultation (16 November to 16 December 2022) will give people the opportunity to have their say on the latest changes to the project that have […]

Safe Roads for All: What WJ is Doing to Increase Road Safety

By the WJ team Every year, in November, Brake, the road safety charity, runs its biggest annual campaign for Road Safety Week. The theme for 2022 is “Safe Roads for All.” Throughout the week, organisations, schools, and communities are encouraged to: THINK about how we can all use roads safely to protect ourselves and others. UNDERSTAND […]

Jenoptik says research suggests enforcement is vital to deliver 20 mph benefits

The traffic enforcement specialist Jenoptik has commented that a new study into the effectiveness of 20 mile per hour limits proves that it takes more changing signs to ensure the lower limits deliver what they are designed to do. Analysis of three years’ data by Queen’s University Belfast concluded that introducing a city centre 20 […]

Enforcement of M4 50mph scheme starts today

The Welsh Government is warning motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limits between junctions 24-28 on the M4 that they could be fined from today. This is the final stage of a phased approach that the Welsh Government has taken to improve air quality on some of the most polluted roads across Wales, as well as […]


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