travel and transport

Pay-per-mile road tax plan wins £250,000 Wolfson economics prize

Pay-per-mile road tax plan wins £250,000 Wolfson economics prize

Prizewinner Gergely Raccuja, 27, aims to scrap vehicle tax and fuel duty to help fund all road repairs with more eco-friendly scheme collected by insurersA graduate transport planner has won a
Treasury will need to plug gap in tax as drivers switch to electric cars

Treasury will need to plug gap in tax as drivers switch to electric cars

About 65% of the pump cost of petrol and diesel goes to fund public spending. As this falls, alternative sources of revenue will be needed The switch to electric cars poses a big financial problem for
With political will, we could easily solve our transport problems | Letters

With political will, we could easily solve our transport problems | Letters

Readers share their thoughts on electricity generation, cars, cycling, trains and garden citiesGeorge Monbiot makes some useful points in his article bemoaning the influence of the lobbying power of
Amsterdammers v tourists: 'It's worst when they throw up in your plant box'

Amsterdammers v tourists: 'It's worst when they throw up in your plant box'

A decade ago Amsterdam pumped money into tourism to recover from the global financial crisis but – even as the city bans ‘beer bikes’ – can it be saved from a monster industry of its own making? Last
Europe's carmakers face 30% emission cuts target

Europe's carmakers face 30% emission cuts target

New proposals to limit CO2 from passenger cars and vans by 2030 would meet climate goals, but campaigners say regulations fall short The European commission has unveiled new proposals for limits on
UK government '10 years late' on air quality targets

UK government '10 years late' on air quality targets

Report from the National Audit Office finds overall improvement in air quality but does not expect to meet EU targets until 2021The government will be more than a decade late in meeting EU targets on
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is off the menu for me because of its racial stereotyping | Letters

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is off the menu for me because of its racial stereotyping | Letters

Electric lorries | Mickey Rooney as Mr Yunioshi | Uber benchmark | Pre-latte days | Mispronouncing Italian | Theresa May’s church visitsDespite what Elon Musk says (Keep on trucking: a swipe at rail
Treasury backs electric cars but makes limited moves on diesel

Treasury backs electric cars but makes limited moves on diesel

Funds set aside for national charging network and tech research, but lack of scrappage scheme disappointsElectric cars have received a funding boost with the government earmarking £340m for a national
Norway leads way on electric cars: 'it’s part of a green taxation shift'

Norway leads way on electric cars: 'it’s part of a green taxation shift'

Nearly a third of all new cars sold in the country this year will be plug-in models and experts expect that share to skyrocketWhile tourists explore Oslo’s history in the grounds of the centuries-old
VW is raising its profits forecast. Has it cleared the air over dieselgate already?

VW is raising its profits forecast. Has it cleared the air over dieselgate already?

The company’s resilient sales have created a platform for it to overcome the disgrace of manipulated emissions testsAfter a bruising two years, there are signs that Volkswagen is overcoming the damage
Sinclair C5 electric trike goes on sale – 11 January archive, 1985

Sinclair C5 electric trike goes on sale – 11 January archive, 1985

11 January 1985 The battery–powered tricycle developed by British inventor Clive Sinclair has been given the green light for road use by the Department of Transport Sir Clive Sinclair’s electric
Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

Green manifesto for 2050 includes measures for transport and clean energy but could put islands on a path to confrontation with MadridThe Balearic islands’ government has launched a pioneering plan to
Airlines sound alarm over 'blank cheque' for Heathrow third runway

Airlines sound alarm over 'blank cheque' for Heathrow third runway

Bosses from British Airways, Virgin and easyJet urge MPs to secure pledge on cost before voteThe true cost of Heathrow expansion is likely to be “grossly” higher than the £14.3bn the airport has
Lack of models, not charging points, 'holding back electric car market'

Lack of models, not charging points, 'holding back electric car market'

Analysis shows just 20 battery models on sale in Europe against more than 400 conventional onesThe rise of electric cars in Europe is being hampered by a lack of models for consumers to choose from
Rome to ban diesel cars from city centre by 2024

Rome to ban diesel cars from city centre by 2024

Mayor announces ‘strong measures’ to tackle pollution in Italy’s traffic-clogged capitalRome, one of Europe’s most traffic-clogged cities and home to thousands of ancient outdoor monuments threatened
Freezing Britain and the chill wind of austerity | Letters

Freezing Britain and the chill wind of austerity | Letters

Readers respond to the week’s bitterly cold weather and the effect it has had on the nationFrank Field (Letters, 2 March) draws our attention to the rise of destitution in the UK today as children
How world's first electrified road charges moving vehicles – video

How world's first electrified road charges moving vehicles – video

Sweden has opened the world's first electrified road. The 1.2-mile route, between Stockholm Arlanda airport and a logistics site, will now actively charge cars and lorries as they travel along it
World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

Stretch of road outside Stockholm transfers energy from two tracks of rail in the road, recharging the batteries of electric cars and trucksThe world’s first electrified road that recharges the
Tesla shares fall more than 7% after company reports record loss

Tesla shares fall more than 7% after company reports record loss

Founder Elon Musk unsettles investors by palming off questions about the firm’s healthTesla shares have fallen more than 7% after the firm posted a record $710m loss and its founder, Elon Musk,
Should e-bike owners be forced to buy insurance?

Should e-bike owners be forced to buy insurance?

Some cover is sensible but requiring third-party insurance will lower the use of electric bicycles when we need to encourage itThe bike hire shop owner in Cap Ferret, near Bordeaux in France, was