Traffic Commissioner to speak at CPT Coaching Conference in Yorkshire

first_imgThe Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), the trade association representing the operators of buses and coaches in the UK, hasannounced that Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the North East will be providing the opening presentation at itsregional Coaching Conference in Yorkshire.The Conference, hosted by CPT’s East Midlands and Yorkshire regions, takes place on Tuesday 7 October (1030-1440hrs) at the Red Lion Hotel in Todwick, nr Sheffield.Kevin RooneyIn what is the first in a series of regionally-focussed one-day events which will be rolled out across the country, the programme and content has been specifically designed to reflect CPT’s determination to put coaching issues at the top of the agenda.Commenting, CPT’s Director of Coaching, Stephen Barber said: “The move to regional events is geared to not only make the conference content more accessible to a wider range of operators no matter where they may be located, but it will also put an important focus on coaching.“Our Regional Managers have worked closely with members in their areas to ensure the content of each conference is distinctive and highly relevant to coach operators, while the events are also designed to provide a forum for members’ views to be expressed.”Other confirmed speakers for Tuesday’s Conference include The Highways Agency, Smart-check, Navman and Coach Hire Comparison.For further information and to book your place(s), please contact Keith McNally, CPT’s Regional Manager for the East Midlands and Yorkshire regions on [email protected]last_img read more

Improve drivers’ performance with Microlise

first_imgDriver performance metrics are delivered on a wide range of criteriaMicrolise fleet management telematics is something that the manufacturer says gives real-time visibility of fleets and helps to improve driver performance and safety, while reducing fuel costs and environmental impact.Driver performance metrics, including A-G grades on a range of criteria, are available via the Microlise Driver Performance Management (DPM) app.DPM is designed to empower drivers to improve with easy access to insights into their own performance.The full suite of performance reports is available via Microlise’s web portal, giving understanding where improvements can be made.www.microlise.com/productslast_img

National Express commits to zero-emission fleets

first_imgNational Express Group (NEG) has set out its plans to progress both its coach and bus fleets in the UK to zero-emission, with an ambition for them all to become entirely emission-free by 2035.The company has confirmed that it will not buy another diesel bus (including diesel-electric hybrid). By 2030, it hopes that its bus fleets in Dundee and the West Midlands will be wholly zero-emission.This year, it says it will place “a major order for electric buses.” They will join it the first National Express zero-emission vehicles, a batch of 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV double-deckers that will shortly enter service in the West Midlands.For its coach operations, NEG’s aspiration is that the whole fleet, including those run on by partner operators on scheduled services, will become zero-emission by 2035.In what is potentially a watershed moment for coaching, NEG says that part of its work this year will be to select partners in the development of a zero-emission vehicle that “is suitable for all long-distance coach routes.” NEG currently operates over 1,800 scheduled coach services per day.NEG will hold an in-service trial of a zero-emission coach on its Stansted Airport service in 2020, complementing a pilot held during January that is detailed in the Group’s annual report. NEG expects the first such coaches of its own to enter service in 2021.Public policy changes have led to NEG’s zero-emission strategy, it says. Among those that have steered its decision are the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of £5bn for buses in England and Wales, and “the pro-public transport policies” of Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.Says NEG Chief Executive Dean Finch: “National Express has already invested in clean coaches and buses and kept fares low to support a shift from the private car to public transport.“Our decision to never again buy a diesel bus in the UK, coupled with our support in leading the zero-emission transition in coach, will place our UK operations at the forefront of efforts to tackle climate change and poor air quality.”Mr Finch adds that the targets for coach and bus zero-emission will “be subject to annual review.”last_img read more

BusyBus takes an EVM Elegance minicoach

first_imgCheshire operator BusyBus has added a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with an Elegance conversion to its fleet, supplied by EVM Direct (0845 520 5160).It has 16 Executive Class 110 seats that are finished in synthetic leather. Tarabus non-slip flooring is fitting throughout with the gangway covered in carpet.In-dash air-conditioning is complemented by forced air ventilation. The latter feeds to passenger service units on the underside of the luggage racks, also mounted within which are speakers.A full depth drop boot has been installed, accessed via the OEM rear doors. Double-glazed panoramic windows are fitted along with a glass roof vent.EVM has added colour-coded moulded side skirts to the BusyBus minicoach, which comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage chassis warranty.last_img

Missing man found dead in Goshen retention pond

first_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – May 22, 2019 0 502 Google+ WhatsApp Missing man found dead in Goshen retention pond WhatsApp (Photo supplied/The Elkhart Truth) Police are still looking into the details that led to the discovery of a missing man in a Goshen retention pond.Manuel Munoz Diaz, 43, was discovered at the Keystone RV Plant on Elders Drive Monday night, May 20.Toxicology testing is underway but police say foul play is not suspected at this time. IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Previous articleConcord Schools changing start times for studentsNext articleSuspect arrested in Tuesday’s Silver Alert out of South Bend Tommie Leelast_img read more

Sen. Young addressing veteran homelessness with bipartisan bill

first_img Facebook Sen. Young addressing veteran homelessness with bipartisan bill Twitter Pinterest Pinterest (Photo supplied/U.S. Senator Todd Young) Senator Todd Young was one of three who introduced new legislation this week attempting to address the problem of veteran homelessness.Young, a Republican, joined Democrats Tester and Murphy in introducing the Veteran Housing Opportunities and Unemployment Support Extension Act (HOUSE).The bill allows veterans with Other-Than-Honorable discharges to participate in VA-supported HUD programs. Young says the legislation “will help ensure that many more chronically homeless veterans receive the housing support they deserve.”Studies show that veterans with such discharges are significantly more likely to experience homelessness. Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – July 10, 2019 0 245 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Facebook Previous articleIN State Board of Education takes action on virtual schoolsNext articleState Police, prosecutor say animal control officer didn’t break the law in shooting Tommie Leelast_img read more

Mishawaka Police investigating Tuesday afternoon shooting

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – February 4, 2020 1 367 Previous articleIndiana Republican lawmakers sideline pregnant worker protectionsNext articleBreadsmith closes South Bend location Tommie Lee WhatsApp (Tom Franklin/95.3 MNC) Mishawaka Police are investigating a shooting that happened in the 4400 block of Hickory Road around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4.St. Joseph County dispatch confirms that one person was shot at the Hickory Village Apartments.Officials confirm that a man was found in a hallway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. That victim was taken to Memorial Hospital and was last listed in stable condition.The suspect was not located at the and was still at large as of 3:30 pm. on Tuesday, according to Mishawaka Police.Police say they believe there is no immediate threat to the community.Anybody with information is asked to contract the Mishawaka Police Detective Bureau at (574) 258-1684 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-7867. Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Mishawaka Police investigating Tuesday afternoon shooting Pinterestlast_img read more

Legal action on toy advert ban delayed

first_imgChefs de Cabinet are due to discuss possible legal action at a quarterly meeting dealing with infringement cases today (28 March), but are unlikely to decide to go ahead with it.Prompted by complaints from toy-makers and advertisers, the Commission agreed to start legal proceedings before Christmas, but failed to keep its promise at the last minute.According to international firms, the ban on toy adverts before 10pm serves only to protect domestic manufacturers from outside competition. Before its introduction in 1994, toy-makers in Greece, unable to afford increasingly-expensive television advertisements, were suffering market losses at the hands of international rivals. Since the ban’s introduction, their fortunes have been reversed. Members of the Greek toy association went so far as to trumpet the success of the measure, boasting a surge in sales of their products as a direct result of the ban.Greece is not the only member state to have imposed such a ban. Sweden, Belgium and Ireland have similar laws restricting adverts broadcast within their territories and Sweden has been campaigning to bolster its prohibition, which has recently come under threat from UK-based channel TV3.According to advertising rules laid down in the Television Without Frontiers Directive, broadcasters must obey rules in the country from which, and not to which, they broadcast. This allows stations such as TV3 to circumvent restrictive laws in one EU country by, quite simply, broadcasting from another.EU culture ministers, voting on proposed changes to the directive, decided last year to maintain the country of origin principle. MEPs took a contrary view when they voted on the directive last month, deciding instead to grant destination countries the right to block advertisements which break national law. The threat has receded following a decision by DGXV (the Directorate-General responsible for the single market) not to put the proposed measure to a Commission vote until a majority of members has informally agreed to back it.So far, Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti has failed to muster the support of fellow Commissioners needed to take legal action against Athens, but Cabinet members remain confident he will sway waverers in the coming months.Representatives of European toy manufacturers, who have been lobbying intensively to have Greece brought to heel for what they argue is a breach of single market rules, say that they would rather delay the vote than risk having court action ruled out.last_img read more

EU and WTO cooperate to create global trade agenda

first_imgTrade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan favours launching a new round of comprehensive trade negotiations, possibly by 1999, while WTO Director-General Renato Ruggiero is pressing the organisation’s members to commit themselves to creating a world-wide tariff-free zone, perhaps by 2020.Both men want the WTO’s meeting in Singapore in December to begin preparations for a qualitative leap forward in global trade relations.In a series of recent statements, Brittan has urged the organisation’s members to endorse the idea of a new round of trade negotiations, arguing that the organisation needs a “clear strategic vision” to underpin the market-expanding commitments made by countries in the Uruguay Round on trade liberalisation which ended in December 1993.While the ministerial meeting in Singapore should not actually decide to launch the new round, Brittan argues that the encounter “must launch the preparatory work programme that will make a negotiating decision possible in a few years’ time”.Ruggiero is tackling the problem from another angle. The emergence of new regional groups, he said recently, must “converge” with the WTO’s multilateral system so that at the end of the process, there is only one global free trade area.Unless regional groupings accept this objective, warned Ruggiero, the world would be divided in 20 years’ time into two or three intercontinental blocs, each with its own rules. There would be regional free trade, but each bloc would put up barriers against the rest of the world. “I leave you to imagine the consequences of this vision in terms of economic and political equilibrium,” he said.“The problem of those who did not fit into any of the blocs would be a serious one.”WTO officials say that about 100 regional groupings have been registered with their organisation.Washington is not totally convinced, however. US deputy trade representative Jeffrey Lang said recently that instead of attempting to launch a new round of multilateral negotiations, WTO members should focus on ensuring the implementation of trade commitments made in the Uruguay Round.Many Asian countries also believe that the WTO agenda should not be overloaded. Asians relish the idea of global free trade, but there are fears that the region’s manufacturing, farming and services sectors could crumble in the face of foreign competition.They are also unhappy about persistent Union and American demands that the WTO should study a range of new issues, including the link between trade and labour standards, competition policy, corruption and graft, and a treaty covering international investments.Asian trade negotiators insist that most of these new issues should be dealt with outside the WTO because they are not directly related to trade. The new free trade plan is designed to boost the clout and authority of the 128-member multilateral trading system.It comes amid warnings from international trade experts that unless the WTO is reinforced rapidly, it could be undermined by the preferential tariff deals being negotiated by members of regional trade groupings, including the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) and the EU’s free trade agreements with South Africa and Mediterranean states.Two parallel and ultimately converging plans are being hammered out to strengthen the global trade organisation.center_img Their fear is that industrial countries are really pushingfor a dangerous protectionist agenda designed to erode Asia’s competitive edge.Plans for global free trade have at least some support inside the Union. Although the question has not yet been formally discussed by member states, the Federation of Swedish Industries has just published a study calling for an across-the-board scrapping of EU tariffs.EU customs tariffs are already low, says the Swedish Federation. When the Uruguay Round is fully implemented by the year 2000, average tariffs will fall below 4%.At this level, tariffs will offer no protection to European industrialists, argues Thomas Hagdahl, head of the federation’s trade policy unit.In fact, by the year 2005, the cost of collecting customs duties will exceed revenues: EU revenues from tariffs will fall to 7.7 billion ecu (from the current 11.2 billion ecu), while the administration cost of collecting the duties will stand at 9.5 billion ecu.last_img read more

New proposals to push ACP countries into global market

first_imgSenior sources say that ACP Commissioner João de Deus Pinheiro is likely to call for trade agreements with groups of ACP countries to come into force five years after the current Lomé Convention expires, ending three decades of privileged market access.Officials claim the proposals, due to be unveiled later this month, mark a radical departure from existing policy and will help ease Europe’s less developed partners into the global trading system.But development organisations have expressed serious misgivings about the plan which, they claim, dangerously overestimates the ability of developing countries to adapt. The Commission this week proposed the absolute minimum it felt it could get away with to answer WTO concerns – a new import licensing system but almost no change to its banana quotas – but may find it hard to do so next time the issue surfaces.Critics of the proposed new EU-ACP relationship believe that the Commission has not taken into account a new degree of flexibility shown by the WTO in helping the world’s poorest countries to integrate into the global market-place.“We believe there is much more room for manoeuvre,” said Myriam Vander Stichele from the Transnational Institute in the Netherlands.Stichele is particularly concerned that the proposals misjudge the special requirements of southern countries. “Free trade is not needed for Africa. What is really needed is a good chapter on trade cooperation,” she said.Despite these criticisms, DGVIII insists its proposals will help to haul the ACP out of the poverty trap which has crippled it for so long, something that trade preferences failed to achieve.“This is a real, real opportunity,” said Lowe. “Every country is calling for a new start to development policy. These countries need trade and inward investment. We must help them create the conditions to achieve that. If there are as many businessmen in Africa as we see economists in conferences, the region could have a glittering future.” Although the transition period is two years longer than the Commission suggested in the preliminary guidelines it published last year, the Brussels-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) liaison committee says it still “appears unrealistic”.“Trade has a vital influence on the fight against poverty and on sustainable economic and social development,” warned committee secretary James Mackie in a letter to Philip Lowe, head of the Commission’s Directorate-General for development (DGVIII). He added: “Discussions and proposals to date give us the impression that the Commission has not given due consideration to those aspects.”ACP Secretary-General Peter Magande was reluctant to comment at this stage, but expressed concern at the prospect of facing global competition without sufficient preparation. “We want to have free trade, but it is still unclear what measures will be taken during the transition period. How will Europe help us get ready for this?” he asked.Lowe insists that the Union is not abandoning its southern partners. “The EU should help the ACP countries by giving them assistance to meet international standards of commerce, helping them to adapt their structures to liberal trade conditions and by stimulating their trade with the Union,” he said.The EU will also keep certain preferences under commodity-specific trade protocols and allow further transition periods of up to a decade after 2005.On the face of it, the Commission has little choice.Its World Trade Organisation (WTO) partners are growing increasingly critical of inter-regional bloc trade preferences, and fired a clear warning shot across the EU’s bows with their recent ruling that its banana regime contravened international trade rules.last_img read more