Afternoon round-up: DfT increases roadwork charges, Hudson Auctions rebrand, fuel prices cut

DfT to increase roadwork charges

The government has announced that utility companies will be charged more in busy periods to dig up roads and carry out roadworks in an attempt to encourage workers to carry out maintenance during quieter hours.

According to the Department for Transport, the scheme – which was trialled in London – could reduce the amount of time motorists are stuck in traffic jams through more efficient scheduling of works.

Under the new rules, it will cost firms up to £2,500 a day to dig up the busiest roads in peak hours.

“Trials showed that some of the worst congestion caused by planned utility works in London was reduced by half on roads where lane rental was in operation, so rolling this out will extend the benefits nationwide,” said RAC head of roads policy, Nicolas Lyes.

Rebrand for Hudson Kapel Auctions

CD salvage

Hudson Kapel Auctions has rebranded to CD Salvage Auctions after CD Auction Group took control of the business.

The company specialises in accident-damaged and MOT failed vehicles from rental and leasing companies.

“Merging Hudson Kapel Auctions into the CD Auction operation presents some fantastic opportunities for us to offer wider remarketing solutions to our joint customer bases,” said Andy Brown, managing director of CD Auction Group. “There are considerable synergies as well as opportunities to build on best practice from both operations that can benefit customers of both businesses.”

Asda slashes fuel prices

Fuel pump

Asda has announced it will cut the price of fuel from tomorrow (17 February) as the cost of wholsale oil has dropped.

The supermarket said unleaded would be capped at 116.7p a litre and diesel at 118.7p a litre. According to petrolprices.com, unleaded is currently averaging 121.5p a litre and diesel is at 123.9p a litre.

Earlier this week the RAC called on supermarkets and fuel retailers to drop their prices, claiming that the price of oil is at its lowest since last November.

“It would be good now to see other supermarkets following suit with a cut and, ideally, introducing their own price caps, even if they can’t drop their prices as low. And we would expect other fuel retailers large and small to bring their prices down as well,” said Simon Williams, RAC fuel spokesman.