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Drivers robbed of £6.6m every day by exact-change parking machines

PARKING firms should install pay-and-display machines which give change because drivers are wasting £2.4 billion a year - £6.6 million a day - on parking time they do not use, an insurer will urge today.

Promotion extends travel time

THREE quarters of workers in the UK have a commute to work of less than half an hour, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

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FirstGroup takes £60m gamble on rail franchise

FIRSTGROUP has taken a gamble not to extend its Great Western franchise beyond 2013 and will instead bid for a longer - and potentially more lucrative - deal with the Department for Transport, despite taking a £60 million hit on its profits to do so.

Stagecoach banned from new services in Strathtay over safety concerns

BUS operator Stagecoach has been banned from expanding its services in the Strathtay area for the next four months, after the Traffic Commissioner branded a string of safety incidents as "dramatic and worrying".

Annual MOTs 'will stop ticking time of tenement repairs'

ANNUAL "MoTs" should be carried out on all older shared residential buildings in Scotland to ensure repairs are carried out, property managers have urged.

Enjoy sun while it lasts - and be patient, Easter travellers warned

SCOTLAND will start the Easter weekend by basking in spring sunshine today, with temperatures soaring to 22C - nearly the highest this year.

Crossing campaigners stage A9 protest

CAMPAIGNERS staged a protest beside the A9 yesterday, as part of their fight to have a bridge or underpass built.

Holidaymakers face a £2 hike in petrol costs for Easter trips

TOURISM will suffer from soaring fuel prices, motoring groups warned today, as Scotland became the most expensive part of the UK in which to buy diesel.

Three million motorists will take to the roads of Scotland in great Easter getaway

MORE than three million cars are expected to take to Scotland's roads over the next two weekends, in what is expected to be the busiest Easter period in almost five years.

Interview: Chris Walton, chairman of Lothian Buses

He's the new chairman of Lothian Buses, but Australian Chris Walton has a number of other strings to his bow … explosives expert, licensed pilot and skydiver to name just three

Glasgow commuters to get London-style 'Oyster' cards

PASSENGERS on Glasgow's Underground are to get their own Oyster Card-style ticket allowing them to top up a new travel card with credit in a scheme similar to the one operating in London.

Soaring oil prices wipe out Osborne's 1p fuel duty cut

FUEL price hikes that have pushed petrol back to a record high have wiped out the 1p duty cut in the Budget, motoring groups say.

BA surcharge rises to cover cost of crude

BRITISH AIRWAYS is to increase its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights because of the rise in oil prices.

Why fuel bills for cars have barely risen since heyday of the Cortina

Drivers are forking out only slightly more for fuel than 30 years ago because cars have become more economical, according to new research.

Cabin crew strike vote may lead to Easter travel chaos

TRAVELLERS could face disruption during the Easter getaway after British Airways cabin crew voted to stage fresh strikes in their long-running row with the airline.

Background: Passengers suffer amid silence as network grinds to a halt

Failure on the part of train companies to provide sufficient information to passengers suffering lengthy delays to their journey has been a thorny issue for some time.

'Fine rail firms for keeping public in dark'

TRAIN companies could be fined if they fail to provide passengers with proper information about their journey, the industry regulator warned today.

Edinburgh's boss 'too busy' to help settle trams row

A BITTER dispute that has all but stalled work on Edinburgh's troubled tram system is unlikely to be resolved until the summer, sources close to the project have admitted.

Train firms 'left stranded passengers to fend for themselves'

TRAIN passengers left stranded for hours due to signalling problems on the East Coast main line have criticised rail operators' lack of help.

BA may face Easter cabin crew strikes

British Airways will face the renewed threat of strikes by cabin crew today, when the result of the latest ballot in a long dispute will be announced.

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