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Our Blog on the UK Traffic News Website - August 2016 Stats - Update

We are very happy to report that our popular website continues to grow in popularity.
Our July 2016 blog post confirmed a significant increase in users and visitors year on year.

The good news continues into August 2016 which saw increase in visitors to 71,419 compared to 54,399 in August 2015.

That's an increase of 17,020 visitors which is a 31.3% increase.

Even more important is the fact that, not only are overall visitor and user numbers up of our M25 Traffic website, but the number of return visitors is also up by over 31%. Many of the return or repeat users are coming back regularly and multiple times.

This is a good sign that our users find our site easy to use, useful and informative.

We are making further improvements to the site to keep trying to improve how useful and easy to use the website is so we hope to see even more users as those improvements are implemented.

Thank you to all our users... - Now One of Our Most Popular Traffic Websites

We are very pleased to announce that our M25 Motorway dedicated website has seen a large increase in users over the last year.

M25 Traffic is now one of our most popular websites with over 52,000 visitors and users of the site in June 2015 compared to approximately 12,000 last June.

That equates to an increase of 40,000 monthly visitors year on year or a rise of 433% comparing June 2015 to June 2014. features the latest M25 Traffic News plus Twitter posts by various #M25 Twitter posters making the M25 traffic website a great collection of M25 traffic news and traffic updates for our M25 users and searchers.

You can search for the latest M25 traffic news by Junction at the M25 traffic search facility. 

If you are an M25 motorway user we hope you will find our dedicated M25 website useful and helpful for finding the latest M25 traffic updates and news.

From Monday 8th June 2015 - Paper Counterpart driving licence scrapped

From today, Monnday 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart driving licence is being abolish by the DVLA as part of the Governements drive to go digital.

Accessing Your Driving Licence Information Online

From 8th Jue 2015 you can view your driving licence information online you will need the following information to do this:

  1. your driving licence number
  2. your National Insurance number
  3. the postcode on your driving licence
This is not available for paper counterpart licences issued in Northern Ireland and there is a paper method to ontain the information but that involves a £5 fee which the online method does not.

The online record does not include historical (expired) points or information.

We tried it today and it was extremely slow and problematic and took an number of failed attempts.

Remember your driving licence number is 16 digits long (ignore the last 2 numbers after the space in pint 5. of your photo driving licence if that is where you are getting your driving licence number from.

On our first attempt we had lots of problems today accessing the service. First we had a web error "405 Not Allowed".  The next message saiad there was a page information error and the third attempt a web error meesage we had was a "500 internal server error" message.

Infact we gave up after double and triple checking the information we were entering and ofter 5 failed attempts to access the service online. Not a great start for this new online service!

No doubt some of the teething problems many observers are concerned about.  Many uers are going to find that very frustrating especially a peak times as the Government does not have a good track record with online services. 

This new system is likely to make life difficult for drivers until everyone is aware of the change and any teething problems have been overcome.

It certainly means you will have to think ahead when wanting to hire a vehicle for instance as hire companies will need a code from you that expires after 72 Hours to access your driving record online. That is a short time window so be prepared!

Your can get the "share your licence information" code by:

  • calling the DVLA on 0300 790 6801, or
  • online at share driving record then select the 4th tab "share" and use the "create a code" buttom.

The digital drive has been the tax disk being abolised during 2014 and the UK Governement says that abolishing the paper counterpart driving licence will save millions of pounds.

Video Update from DVLA About the Paperless Counterpart Driving Licence

Although the DVLA state the paper counterpart no longer has any legal status from Monday 8th June and it can be destroyed some driving agencies including the AA are urging drivers to hang on to the paperless counterpart driving licence as there are likely to be teething problems as many people are completely unaware of this latest DVLA change.

This probably seems wise.

Likely problems include travel and car hire abroad and in the UK and the fact that so few people appear to be aware of this latest change.

Car hire companies often ask for the paper counterpart driving licence which features points incurred for driving offences.

The DVLA has issued new information on the .Gov website about the driving licence changes.

IMPORTANT: Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed. (Source .Gov website 8th June 2015).

Driving Penalty Points & Endorements

From today Monday 8 June 2015 new penalty points i.e. endorsements for driving offenses will only be recorded electronically.

Thye will no longer be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences.

From 8 June 2015 if you commit an offence you will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court however:-

  • For photocard licences, the court will retain the paper counterpart and only return the photocard to you.
  • For paper licences, the court will return it to you but they won’t have written or printed the offence details on it.

This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have.

Under the new system this information will instead be held on DVLA’s driver electronic record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.

Vehicle Hire & Other Agencies

Car Hire and other vehicle hire companies or organisations that regularly check the counterpart for entitlements or endorsements can use the Check Driving Licence Service to check the licence using the code provided by the driver. 

You can use this service to check someone’s driving licence information, eg the vehicles they can drive or any penalty points or disqualifications.

You’ll need:

    the last 8 characters of their driving licence number
    a check code from the driver

You must use the code within 72 hours. You can only use the code once after that you will have to get another code to do another check on that driver.

With the driver’s consent these companies can view the details on a driving licence, eg the vehicle categories the driver is entitled to drive and any endorsements or penalty points they currently have.

The service also gives the option to print or save a copy of the information.

To help companies or employers who use the new service there is a step by step guide.

Organisations can make a check by phone if they don’t have a check code to use with the online service. However they will need to ask the driver they are doing the check on to call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for the check to be done.

Thye can then call DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute) to check the driver’s details after they’ve given their permission.

Many companies are likely to pass this additional cost of to those hiring a vehicle for instance.

Taking your theory or driving test

From 8 June 2015, you won’t need to take your paper counterpart with you when you go for your theory or driving test.

You must still take your photocard, or your old-style paper licence otherwise your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if you don’t.

Car Design Competition - Ideas On How To Get Better MPG From A Car?

Here are UK Traffic News we are keen on Eco friendly car design as let's face it we only have one planet we can live on!

In the spirit of Eco car design we are putting it out there to our users to suggest to car companies ideas for better MPG.

What is MPG? It's Miles Per Gallon, i.e the number of miles your car can do for each gallon of fuel you put in it.

We think our users, as they are interested in motoring, avoiding traffic jams, roadworks and other delays like accidents would love to get better MPG from the cars they drive for the following reasons:

  • Oil is a shrinking resource
  • Better MPG often means lower CO2 emissions
  • Lower CO2 means lower road tax
  • Lower CO2 is better for climate change
  • More MPG means low cost of fuelling your car

These are all excellent reasons for car design that achieves better MPG.

2014 Competition Ideas To Get More MPGs

Anyone can participate in our competition to find the best ideas for getting more MPG's out of a cars design.

Ideas can be simple, complex, fun or serious.

We have thought of one to get the ball rolling.

Mini wind turbines

Mini wind turbines that use the air and wind passing over or through the car to charge a battery that powers dual power cars that are partly powered by petrol or diesel engines with a secondary battery power unit which is recharged by wind passing through mini wind turbines in the front grill or on the roof of the car.

The battery power unit is charged by mini turbines driven by wind and air passing over, through, or past the moving car.

Then when say cruising or breaking the battery power unit can take over powering the car (or other vehicle).

The wind turbines could also be used to assist in breaking while at the same time absorbing power from the air instead of the engine assisting in breaking, reducing engine wear as well.

We have added a post about our mini wind turbine in cars idea to our motoring forum in the section "Ideas for More Fuel Efficient Cars".

How To Enter Your "Better MPG" Ideas?

It's really easy to enter your ideas.

At UK Traffic News we want to use Twitter is a constructive useful way not just for news, marketing or self-promotion.

So here is how you enter.

  1. Think up your ideas about how to get cars doing better MPG
  2. Post your idea in our motoring forum "Ideas for More Fuel Efficient Cars" section (see link above) by starting your on topic in that section. Give your forum post a short title that includes the gist of your idea and post the detail in the main part of your post.
  3. Tweet your idea on Twitter giving it a # tag such as we could use for our idea #carwindcharging and link to your better MPG design idea in your Twitter post(s).
  4. Also in your Twitter posts use the # tag #MPGCompetition so you can also see other peoples ideas
  5. This is about using Twitter for #SocialMediaBrainPower so mention that # tag in some of your posts too

Your ideas can be very serious or more on the fun side.

With millions of people on Twitter we think that there are Twitter users out there that have some amazing ideas about how to get better MPG from car design, that would help not only the car companies but benefit the planet and all of us.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your entries.

Other Ways To Get Involved

Even if you really cannot come up with your own idea you can still play an important part in the competition!

We need you to:

  • Comment, constructively, on other peoples ideas in the motoring forum
  • Retweet what you think are the best ideas in the #MPGCompetition
  • Help people submitting entries tweak their design suggestion for better MPGs for maximum impact

Car Companies Interested In Better MPG?

We are asking car companies that are interested in better MPG to get involved too.

UK Traffic News is approaching car companies to come up with some innovative prizes for the best ideas entered in the competition.

So watch this space about prizes!

Make a difference! Help design cars that do better MPG!

I had a moped 32 years ago that easily did 125 MPG. Surely after over 30 years we can get cars doing over 100 MPG!?

Cars That Do 100 MPG or More - The 100 MPG Plus Club

UK Traffic News launches the 100 MPG Plus Club!

When we founded UK Traffic News in 2009 the main reason was to try and help people avoid traffic delays and traffic jams because sitting in traffic is:

  • not environmentally friendly
  • is stressful
  • a waste of fuel which is a natural resource we need to not waste
  • a waste of precious time

So was launched and 2014 is our 5th anniversary.

Over the last five years we have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours publishing and developing our website, improving it and expanding it. It is an ongoing and expanding project to make finding traffic news easy and quick for the roads you are interested in.

We also feature other motoring information as well as traffic new now.

We want to do our bit to encourage car makers to produce affordable, low CO2, high MPG cars for UK roads.

The 100 MPG Plus Club Is Born

So we are launching the "100 MPG Plus Club".

We will be adding a special section to our website for cars available in the UK that do 100 MPG or more and meet the following criteria:

  1. Normal production car actually on sale in the UK
  2. Actually do 100 MPG or more with normal road use (see below)
  3. Must be fuelled only at normal roadside garage (e.g. not plugged into the mains electricity at home) (see below)
  4. Have CO2 emissions of 100 g/km or less

All of the above criteria must be met for a car model to get into the 100 MPG Plus Club.

That is the basic criteria for a car to be featured in our 100 MPG Plus Club.

However we will award additional bonus points to cars that meet each of the following criteria:

  • Under 75 g/km CO2 - bonus point
  • Under 50 g/km CO2 - extra Bonus point
  • Manufactured in the UK - bonus point
  • Each whole 5 MPG over 100 MPG - bonus point for each 5 MPG
  • UK List price (on the road) Under £25,000 - bonus point
  • UK List price (on the road) Under £20,000 - extra bonus point 

It must be possible to fully fuel the car at a normal roadside mainstream garage, e.g ESSO, BP etc. in under 15 minutes, i.e. not have to sit a wait for batteries to charge up for extended periods of time.

MPG achieved must be based on:

  • either on what we at UK Traffic News have actually tested over 500 miles of normal road use
  • or that at least three owners of the make and model of car have certified to UK Traffic News that they are actually achieved with their car over 500 miles of normal road use.
  • NOT manufacturer claimed average MPG.

The above criteria will be used to create a league table of the most Eco friendly, high MPG (miles per gallon), affordable cars available in the UK.

We need your help reporting to us at UK Traffic News your findings if you know of cars that qualify to enter the 100 MPG Plus Club.

Let us know on (@UKTrafficNews) with #100MPGPlusClub or in our motoring forum, comment on this blog post or use our contact us page.

As far as we are aware there is currently no normal production car on sale in the UK that currently meets even the basic criteria for entry in the "100 MPG Plus Club".

But we want to start featuring cars that do as soon as possible.

Mention the #100MPGPLUSCLUB on Twitter if you want to support this and encourage car makers to make affordable, practical, high MPG, low CO2 cars.

Please help in the drive this campaign for more efficient eco friendly cars in the UK.


64 Plate New Car Registrations in September 2014 Best For in 10 years

September 2014 has been the best September for a decade for new car sales, although March 2014 was even higher.

The new 10 year record for September new car sales comes for a number of reasons:

  • improving UK economy and confidenence
  • attraction of more fuel efficient cars
  • attraction of new cars with lower CO2 emmissions and lower road tax costs
  • good deals on new cars from key manufacturers
  • buyers fixing low finance deals now for fear of higher interest rates coming

We posted a blog update earlier this week about the strain on the .Gov road tax web page and long delays in purchasing road tax online. That is from 1 October 2014 so the trend may well be contining into October.

The SMMT predict the new car market cooling slightly going forward.

Best Selling Car Models September 2014

The best selling cars in September 2014 according to the SMMT were:

  1. Ford Fiesta - 23,266
  2. Ford Focus - 13,508
  3. Volkswagen Golf - 13,011
  4. Vauhall Corsa - 12,506
  5. Volkswagen Polo - 10,312
  6. Fiat 500 - 9,122
  7. Vauxhall Astra - 8,861
  8. Audi - A3 - 7,317
  9. Peugeot 208 - 6,968
  10. Nissan Qashqai - 6,847

The Ford Fiesta is regularly at the top of the UKs best selling car models, and there is no change in September 2014.

Best Selling Cars 2014 January To September (Year To Date)

The best selling cars in 2014 to date are:

  1. Ford Fiesta - 106,930
  2. Ford Focus - 67,015
  3. Vauhall Corsa - 62,693
  4. Volkswagen Golf - 58,664
  5. Vauxhall Astra - 47,482
  6. Nissan Qashqai - 38,920
  7. Volkswagen Polo - 36,772
  8. Audi - A3 - 35,596
  9. Fiat 500 - 35,032
  10. BMW 3 Series - 29,655

Best Selling Cars By Manufacturer 2014 up to September 2014

The above broken down by car manaufacturer would be as follows:

This makes Ford the car manufacturer with the highest number of new cars registered in the UK for September 2014, and the start of the 64 plate registrations, with Volksgagen coming second even if you count Volkswagen and Audi together as a single manufacturer.

425,861 new cars registered in the key month of September, a rise of 5.6% and the biggest September since 2004.

New ‘64’ numberplate boosts volumes, with September marking the 31st consecutive month of growth in the new car market.
Registrations for the year-to-date reach 1,958,196 – up 9.1% on January-September 2013.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “September’s strong performance underlined the continuing robustness of the UK new car market, particularly in the context of last September’s bumper volumes.

“Demand for the new 64-plate has been boosted by intensifying confidence in the UK economy, with consumers attracted by a wide range of exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient, new cars. In the months since March – which saw an 18% jump in registrations – the growth has shown signs of levelling off as the market starts to find its natural running rate.”

The growth in new car sales in the UK has continued at such a rate setting new records for growth in the UK car market beating previous records for continous growth last set in the 1980s. 

Finding All The Latest Traffic News For Today wanted to write a blog post about how to use the UK Traffic News website to find all the latest traffic news for today.

You may have ended up at the blog post because you asked the question:

"Where can I find all the latest traffic news for today?"

And here you are!

Right a very quick run down for you about how you can use the UK Traffic News website to find todays latest traffic news, quickly and easily. 

We cover all the latest major motorways in the UK and other major roads. Our news is sourced from the Highways Agency which is one of the most trustworthy traffic data providers in the sector.

You can search for all the latest traffic news relevant to today for the motorways, regions or roads that you are interested very easily on our website. 

There are dedicated pages for most of the major motorways and regions.

Plus you can use our "latest traffic news updates" section and either use drop down selectors for roads or regions or simply type in the keywords you are looking for e.g. A34 for example.

If you know details about your road such as the M4 runs east west you can add other search factors such as M4 Westbound.

A bit of playing with it and experimenting and you will soon find out how to use our latest traffic news updates section to filter the traffic news that is relevant to you. 

The traffic news on UK Traffic News is updated by the minute throughout the day and night. 

We work hard to constantly improve the website and resources. 

You can follow us on or like us on Facebook if you like what we are doing to make finding the latest traffic news easy. 

Today 1 October 2014 Marks The End Of The Tax Disc

Today, 1 October 2014 was the day that the UK tax disc in the front of your vehicle came to an end.

The Road Tax Disc has been abolished.

The link above is to our previous blog post on the abolishion of the tax disc and some of the things to watch out for.

DVLA .Gov Website Bombarded

The BBC and others reported people trying to get road tax online today taking up to 13 hours!

The first day of online only applications, although actually you can still go to the post office still at present to renew your road tax licence, was bound to be a busy one.

But just maybe .Gov were not prepared.

As the Government of the UK, whatever the political party in power, seem to force people to do more and more online it is worrying that we then have to rely on Government to have the infrastructure in place to cope with demand.

No dount it will get better and the .Gov website will adapt to cope, lets hope so.

As the .Gov website is becoming central for all or most things Government based, for instance much of the HMRC website is moving to .Gov now, the strain on .Gov is only likely to get more and more.

So when .Gov breaks, the inconvenience to citizens (and government) is only going to be made all the worse.

The joys of too much centralisation, although it makes sense to save costs which is the governements aim.

Time will tell.

As "Scotland Decides" Will Websites With UK In the Name Need To Drop The UK Element?

Website publishers with UK as part of the website name (domain name) will no doubt be considering whether they need to start planning a rebranding of their name dropping the UK should Scotland vote to leave the UK as Wales may be next to leave.

Not only that if Scotland leaves the UK next Thursday why on earth would a Scottish company or website want at the end of their name or even .uk as they are no longer part of the UK?

The new .scot domain name that is coming soon would be far more appropriate for Scottish websites and search engines like Google may have to start filtering Scotish websites riding on names to UK searchers?

Personally I can't see .scot (or a number of the other new TLDs, domain name endings) becoming big on the worldwide web anytime soon for a number of reasons after 10 years publishing various websites. Many I think will fade away like .biz did. If that is the case it will make it more difficult for Scottish websites to succeed outside of Scotland on the web generally unless people are specifically searching for something scottish. The new .scot domains will be up against longer established, bigger websites built often over 10 years after substantial investment making it even more difficult for .scot websites to compete. Or Scottish websites will have to opt for .com if they can get the domain name they want or need that is.

The world of the web as far a Scotland is concerned is likely to see massive changes if Scotland votes yes.

With the Scottish Referendum vote looming on Thursday, 18 September 2014 and with opinion polls currently indicating that voting is potentially split approximately 50:50 with the number of "yes" voters increasing it is looking increasingly as if Scotland is about to leave the UK.

UK Traffic News falls into the category of websites aimed at the UK with UK in it's name so we are certainly considering what to do with regards to Scotland on our website.

A tremendous amount of work goes into building, publishing and promoting your website. Outside influences such as the break-up of the UK will no doubt have a significant impact on not just websites but many many businesses whose aims are to be inclusionary of many geographical locations.

No doubt many large companies with significant customers outside of Scotland may choose to relocate their head offices outside of Scotland in the event of a “yes” vote.

UK traffic news and other “UK” website publishers have some thinking to do now whether Scotland votes yes or no, as maybe either way now the UK as we know it today is to become a thing of the past.

We know of a number of very popular websites with UK in their domain name that will all potentially have to consider rebranding to something non “UK” which is a massive task for larger websites.

Even if Scotland votes “no” this time would I locate my business in Scotland now or start building a UK brand? There is too much uncertainty for the next 10 years of the future of the UK as a brand.

Scotland is a small country with around 5 million people living there compared to the UK as a whole of nearer 63 million people so Scotland’s population is only around 8% of the UK’s current population. In population terms Scotland may become less significant on it’s own and more isolated.

If Scotland leaves the UK, and too be honest it already feels like it has as the vote is so close in the opinion polls, the remaining parts of the UK will be over 12 times (approx.) the size of Scotland in population terms.

With an ageing population it could turn out to be a heavy financial cost to Scottish businesses and younger people supporting the older generation with the tax they pay to provide pensions, health care etc.

The Scottish Government website states that current projections suggest that the population of Scotland will rise over the next 20 years or so but the % of over 65s living in Scotland will increase at a faster rate by around half a million to around 1.47 million.

90% of private sector workers, who comprise 81% of the workforce according to the Office of National Statics, don't have a decent or any pension plan or retirement savings. 90% of public sector workers which comprise 19% of the workforce have a pension plan provided by their employer which is effectively funded the private sector who fund the public sector through taxes.

That is an increasing burden of pensions and healthcare funding on the young, businesses and the private sector in Scotland. Plus many Scottish people seem to favour public sector growth in the future which will drive funding required even higher by the priovate sector especially as public sector unions are pressing for wage rises which in turn will drive up inflation they are trying to beat.

It is hard to see how this can be achieved without tax rises in Scotland, especially when either oil dries up or cars become less reliant on petrol and diesel and demand for oil starts to drop off which is frankly ineveitable probably sooner rather than later as car manafacturers won't want to leave reliance on oil to the last minute.

Tax rises in Scotland would encourage businesses to locate elsewhere which could in turn leave a disproportionate amount of public vs private sector workers in Scotland with lots of public sector wages and pensions to fund in Scotland. Young people might then also be less likely to remain in Scotland is business locate elseshere too.

5 Million people is a much smaller advertising and business market for Scotland on its own than as being part of the UK. Smaller reach for website publishers, smaller numbers of web visitors etc. That potentially means less significance which means less investment in Scottish related business models from outside of Scotland, potentially. That is a shame but if it what the Scottish people want it is of course their choice.

We started to plan ahead for a more broken up UK potentially over a year ago with the launch of Traffic News Scotland putting Scotland on a seperate website although there are still Scottish sections of UK Traffic News but realistically as it is a it won't be truly Scottish with a yes vote.

Traffic News Scotland gets no where near the number of website visitors that UK traffic News does. That could be partly because there is less traffic as well as less people in Scotland. That we believe is true on the whole. But just maybe that is a sign less people are driving around of Scottish roads looking for scottish traffic information.

Arguably though road traffic levels are an indication of ecomonic success?

A Brief History of the United Kingdom (UK)

As “Scotland Decides” if it want to remain part of the United Kingdom I got to wondering “When did the term the United Kingdom first become official?”

In 1603 the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland were united in a personal union when James VI, King of Scots, inherited the crowns of England and Ireland. King James VI then moved his court from Edinburgh to London.

England, Scotland and Ireland each remained a separate political entity and retained its separate political, legal, and religious institutions as part of this union and this has largely remained the case over the last 400 years.

On 1 May 1707, the united kingdom of Great Britain came into being, the result of Acts of Union being passed by the parliaments of England and Scotland to ratify the 1706 Treaty of Union and so unite the two kingdoms.

The term 'United Kingdom' became official in 1801 when the parliaments of Britain and Ireland each passed an Act of Union, uniting the two kingdoms and creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Is The UK About to Break Up or Has The Referendum Already Broken Up The "Union" Even BEFORE the VOTE?

As with many of the world’s disputes and troubles, oil is a key factor due to the wealth it can create. North Sea oil although it won’t last forever is something it seems the Scot’s would like to keep to themselves, or as it stands around 50% of the population would as the Scottish Referendum vote looms on Thursday 18 September 2014.

For ordinary voters “oil” itself is probably not at the forefront of their minds but would Alex Salmond be recommending this to the Scottish people if North Sea oil had already run out? That seems far less likely and it would seem there is little plan B or when the oil does run out.

What % of people over 60 drink Scottish whisky compared to those under? Is the Scottish Whisky's consumer base a reducing market if those under 60 opt for other alternatives? I don't know the answer to that question as I could not find the answer. My Dad who is over 65 did like a drop of Scotch whisky but now prefers a drop of Three Barrels brandy instead which I think is French. Jack Daniels from the USA seems to have grown in popularlity more than Scotch whisky in my experience with the younger generation seeing Scotch whisky as for the oldies.

I don't know but I think Scotch whisky is heavily reliant on emerging markets like China and Asia.  

Personally, as an English person, my initial reaction is great sadness at the potential of losing of what feels like a long standing friend, Scotland. Especially as it is that friend’s snub and walking away with no say on my part and I would have rather stayed connected.

Does the actual vote make any difference now anyway though? Whether it is yes or no majority as 50% of Scottish people seem determined to break off the friendship and partnership my view of Scotland as a country is already starting to change from the loyal true friend or family member of the UK to a more a distant acquaintance and less of a priority.

I wish that was not true and it did not feel like that but it is hard not to feel like that given that 50% of Scottish people seem to want to break off the partnership.

So am I sad if Scotland leaves? I was and until the opinion polls today which suggest the yes vote has increased, I was.

As around half the Scottish population seem to want to break the partnership and union according to the latest opinion polls it is difficult to see, whatever the actual vote turns out to be, how the "union" or partnership can last so I am tending to think England is better off without Scotland if Scotland is the unwilling partner. I feel sorry for the half of Scotland that don't what to break off. Their long term future will also get decided by the the vote, even it if it is very close to call.  But It is Scotland's choice I would have preferred the UK remain "united".

I actually think that England will fair far better than Scotland in the long run on it's own especially was oil and other large exports for Scotland are lilkely to reduce with time. Why?

Coke is one of Scotlands biggest exports and much of Scotlands export industry will suffer greatly if tax rates are lower south of the border and it is looking like we are going to be in competition shortly rather than partnership. Manufacturing is likely to go to the more stable, lower tax locations and Scotland with a population of only 5 million might well find it very hard to compete wioth larger competitors in the remaining UK which is around 12 times the size of Scotland. It is called economies of scale.

Partnerships cannot work without all partners being committed to the overall good, considerate to other partners, and not becoming too selfish or self promoting.

Personally I thought nationality and patriotism were or were becoming a thing of the past, or at least I did and that gave me a hope that the world would become a more peaceful place in the future.

However with the rise of the SNP in Scotland, UKIP, the European Union is struggling and we could have an EU Referendum in the UK (or what is left of it) in around 2017 about leaving the EU. Russia seems determined to rekindle the old Soviet Union and forceably take over its neighbours. Australia talk frequently of leaving the Commonwealth and other parts of the world are becoming dogatically patriotic and seperatist the world is an ever changing place.

Looking back over history, even recent history that has always been the case I guess.

Looking at history though being either seperatist or trying to force people to join your cause seems to rarely have worked out well in the long run.

It is when we come together voluntarily and willingly and are taking the long term view as a partnership we seem to achieve our collective best.

It is sad, well I did think it sad until now, but I think Scotland has already left the UK whatever the referendum vote as such a large % of the Scottish population clearly want to leave the UK and go it alone anyway so the rest of the UK should just concentrate on getting on with it.

I think my feeling has been one of wanting Scotland to stay in the union, but as a very large proportion want to leave the UK now I think it is better they leave, and England and the rest of the UK in the long term is likely to be better off.

Scotland And The Pound

One contensious subject is the pound. I think that practically Scotland will have to create a Bank of Scotland as I cannot see how it is workable for Scotland to have a pound underwritten by the Bank of England. There has to be two pounds a Scottish pound and a UK pound backed by the Bank of England. Scotlands 5 million people need to look to the "Bank of Scotland" to manage their pound and it's value on the world market has to be acheived by what Scotland achieves not the rest of the UK. Or Scotland should try and link up with say the USA and have the Dollar or the EU and have the Euro. whatever the link up it will be at a price for Scotland, I think.

As for UK Traffic News it is increasingly looking as though we may well have to start removing Scottish sections for our UK website after 18th September 2014.

Abolition of the tax disc from 1st October 2014 and VED becomes non-transferrable

The Tax Disc Becomes Obsolete

If you weren’t already aware of the abolition of the road tax disc with effect from 1 October 2014 you need to be aware of this change which is one of the biggest changes in DVLA history.

History of the Vehicle Road Tax Disc

Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 budget and the current system of Vehicle Excise Duty became law in 1920 the funds raised by vehicle excise duty were ring fenced and used for road construction being paid directly into a special road fund between 1920 and 1937 after which it has been treated as general taxation not specifically earmarked for road development.

The road tax disc otherwise known as the vehicle tax disc has been around for 93 years since it was introduced in 1921. The first road tax discs were of a plain design of black ink on grey paper which vehicle owners had to cut out themselves. Colour was introduced to the road tax disc in 1923 and in 1938 perforations were added around the outside of the printed circle to make it easier for the circular tax disc to be extracted with display on your vehicle windscreen.

In 1942 perforations around the outer circle ceased only four years after their introduction for approximately a 10 year period after the factory containing the perforating equipment was reportedly bombed by the Germans during World War II.

The vehicle tax disc displays the vehicle excise duty paid and the month that the duty paid expires.

Before tax disc is issued valid insurance and MOT must be held for the vehicle concerned.

It is currently a legal requirement to clearly display the vehicle tax disc however from 1 October 2014 there is no requirement to display paper tax disc as the VED records will become fully computerised and managed via the vehicle registration procedures.

In fact the DVLA are advising vehicle owners to remove the tax disc from the windscreen and destroy it from 1 October 2014.

As you will no longer have a visual reminder clearly on your car it might be a wise move to opt for the direct debit option for payment to DVLA in order to avoid unwittingly failing to renew your VED on time. DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder but the direct debit payment option could make things a lot easier for many road users.

Road Tax (VED No Longer Transferrable from 1 October 2014

Another important change to be aware of from 1 October 2014 is that VED or road tax paid is non-transferable when a vehicle changes ownership.

When the DVLA receive the V5C from the seller any whole remaining months of VED paid will be refunded to the seller.

The purchaser will be required to purchase their own road tax (VED) or declare a SORN with effect from the date of purchase before they can use the vehicle, so plan ahead of your vehicle purchase to avoid problems.

End of an error as part of the government’s changes in order to reduce administration costs.

The times of a note in your windscreen saying “tax in the post” are over.

How To Pay Your Road Tax

From 1 October 2014 (5 October if setting up at a Post Office®), Direct Debit will be offered as an additional way to pay for vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:
•6 monthly
•monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)

Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank. Valid insurance should also be in place for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.

The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made.