Category Archives: Urban Transport

Podcars at Innotrans Berlin!

The conference, held in conjunction with Innotrans 2012, will present practical solutions for the transportation and urban planning sectors that can lead to a major shift in policy and action to help reverse the growing perils of global warming, redirect use of energy in transportation to solar and other renewable sources and substantially reduce congestion and land use issues associated with cars.

Participants in the conference will be introduced to the world’s top PRT designers through various presentations and working sessions. The event, which will offer many cross-disciplined networking opportunities, features a packed agenda presenting numerous world renowned speakers from six countries. Conference organizers IST and INIST are working closely with KOMPASS, a network of 14 Swedish cities aiming to adopt PRT, the US-based Advanced Transit Association (ATRA), the European ATRA chapter, Lea+Elliot USA and a series of sponsors and manufacturers from Europe, Asia and USA. Notable speakers areHans Josef Fell, member of the Green Party and German Parliament, Rod Diridon, Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair Emeritus of California High Speed Rail Project, Alain Kornhauser, Professor at Princeton University and Chair of ATRA USA,Hans Lindqvist, former member of the EU parliament and chairman of KOMPASS, andStefan Hanna, Deputy Mayor of City of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Fretbay Online Transport Marketplace – Making UK Routes Green And More Environment-Friendly

FretBay (https://fretbay.com) the first FREE European Online transport marketplace, providing reliable cheap transport and logistic solution to individual users and companies declared 2012 as a year that will make United Kingdom routes more environment friendly and clean.

While talking to media FretBay elaborates it’s expansion plans of offering UK transporters with a new online system that will provide real time enhanced route planning facilities helping in optimizing truck capacities.

The system will help transport service providers and couriers in optimizing the partial filled vehicles on a given route. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full.

Answering how this will happen, FretBay spokesperson explained that the site offers it’s users to post FREE transport demands as listings.

The transport demand can be for anything to anywhere at anytime .The most common listings are the requests for transport for motorbikes, cars, boats, furniture and house hold stuff, pianos, electrical and machinery equipments, agricultural and industrial machinery, horses and full home or office removals . These transport listings are immediately visible to member transporters and they can offer their transport quotes in real time.

The users are free to accept any transport offer at any time. Users can consult profiles of transporters before accepting thier offers. The profile contains rating and feed back of transporters left my users who did business with them in the past thus helping users to identify reliable transporters. FretBay encourages professional and declared transport service providers on site.

This helps not only in finding cheap shipping solution but helps in reducing deadly gases that are major cause of pollution.

A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK ‘s 3.5 million lorries failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could see an average transport service company’s operating costs increase dramatically.
The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. This build up further pressure on road haulage companies to meet environment friendly commitments.

Though it is difficult in the time of crisis for a shift to environment friendly vehicles for most of the transport firms, however, it is still possible to make full use of trucks capacities to avoid unnecessary trips on roads.

FretBay system will play key role in optimising these vehicles by providing real-time grouping opportunities and by providing loads for empty returns. Transport and haulage companies can consult transport demands and loads in real time and can optimize their trips in last minutes.

FretBay is inviting all UK and European transport service providers to take part in this environmental program and. No subscription fee or long term engagement is demanded.

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VAT Ruling Now Makes Halfords Cycle2work Scheme An Even Better Option

Cycle to work is the UK’s fastest growing staff benefit, helping employees to get fitter and healthier by encouraging them to cycle with great tax free savings off bikes and safety equipment, whilst enabling employers to save on National Insurance Contributions and reduce their carbon footprint.

Today’s announcement from HMRC about treatment of VAT for salary sacrifice schemes has removed the final element of uncertainty about exactly how schemes should operate in future.

In response to a recent European Court of Justice judgement, HMRC has confirmed that provision of a benefit via salary sacrifice to employees constitutes a supply of services for consideration and is therefore subject to VAT. This ruling means that from 1st January 2012, employers must charge employees VAT on supply of bikes made available to them under such cycle to work schemes.

At first glance, this suggests that savings available to employees will be materially reduced – but this need not be the case with Halfords cycle2work scheme.

Charles Ashwell, Halfords Cycle2work Corporate Sales Manager said: “The new ruling removes the final element of uncertainty about exactly how cycle schemes should operate going forward, and in so doing, strengthens it further.

“Halfords is the leading authority on the scheme, and we continue to invest in its development and future. We are uniquely placed to maximise savings by working with clients to design schemes which provide superior savings for employees and employers than those available from other scheme providers.”

Halfords cycle2work offers employees the UK’s best C2W savings, and employers the continued peace of mind of offering the UK’s most compliant scheme.

Employers wishing to find out how they can take advantage of the UK’s best Cycle To Work savings should contact Charles on 07720 699950 or charles.ashwell@halfords.co.uk.

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Budget conscious motorists could be missing one of the biggest savings available on daily travel – Motorcycles!

Budget conscious motorists could be missing one of the biggest savings available on daily travel – Motorcycles! Did you know that small motorbikes and scooters can achieve well over 100 miles per gallon? How does that compare with your car?

Look around during your commute and you will notice that most cars have one occupant. That is a lot of spare space and metal to drag around and means they are simply burning money as fuel.

Learning to ride is not as difficult as you might think either; a one-day CBT test is all that is required for smaller motorcycles and scooters. Even if you can’t see yourself as a motorcyclist, then you will still gain vital road knowledge from the perspective of people on two wheels.

Switching from a medium sized car to a 125cc motorbike will net you savings on fuel, tax and insurance and in many cases will cover the cost of a brand new motorbike in the first year.

Combine all of the monetary advantages with the fact that motorcycles are great fun and can cut right through the traffic and they offer a solution to modern traffic problems that cannot be ignored.

cbt-test-training.info gives people looking to take their first steps in to the world of motorcycling all the information required from the moment they learn to ride a motorbike right through to taking the CBT or bike test.

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Ebikes Offer Low-Cost, Green Option For Commuting

Urban commuters seeking to save money on gasoline, avoid traffic jams and lower their carbon footprint can now turn to electric bicycles. Electric Bicycles or e-bikes are standard bicycles fitted with a small electric motor and batteries. Riders can either use their own muscles to pedal, use electric power for propulsion, or both.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that average gasoline prices across the United States have climbed almost a dollar per gallon from a year ago. With West Coast gas prices averaging near $3 a gallon, commuters are looking for cheaper, greener alternatives.

Many regional transit authorities are facing severe budget shortfalls and have either cut services or are considering service cuts and rate hikes. With driving becoming more expensive and without an appropriate public transit alternative, electric bicycles are becoming the vehicle of choice for urban commuters.

E-bikes are easy to operate and require minimal maintenance. Most offer a riding range that can exceed 15 miles per charge. Riding range can be greatly increased if riders pedal along with the motor, especially during acceleration, and charging is simple. Just plug the bike into a standard wall socket!

The cost of fully charging an average e-bike’s battery is less than 4 cents. When you compare that to the $40 or $50 it takes to fill the tank of a car, the savings are tremendous – a fuel economy exceeding 1200 miles per gallon.

Larry Van Wilgen, co-founder of Empowered Ebikes (http://www.empoweredebikes.com) and an avid e-bike user explains the attraction: “Electric bicycles are fun and easy to ride. I can cruise at 20 mph and not break a sweat, even on a hot and humid day. I can focus my attention on my surrounding, rather than on pedaling and keep up with urban traffic better. That makes me feel safer on the road.” Empowered Ebikes offers electric bicycles and tricycles, including some models that can fit in the trunk of a car or carried onto a train.

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