Government opens £30 million fund for low carbon buses

The Department for Transport today announced a £30 million fund to encourage bus operators to purchase low carbon buses and support a UK-wide shift to low carbon transport.  Government expects the fund to support the purchase of several hundred low carbon buses, thereby stimulating the development of the green technology industry. Low carbon buses use at least 30 per cent less fuel than conventional buses, but account for less than 0.2% of buses on the road today. The government initiative aims to lessen the impact of road transport on climate change as well as support the UK market for low carbon buses.    The NAIGT report, released in May 2009, recommends that government adopts the low carbon automotive agenda as one of its core priorities and aims to create a transformed business environment in the UK for the automotive industry. The   cross-agency approach would include the incentivising of low carbon vehicles. While existing technologies are advanced in their own right, next generation vehicles will need to include various types of sustainable innovation and low carbon technology. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Aide to Labour MP accused of lying over speeding says he was

Dr DeFeo told the court he had run Ms Onasanya’s 2017 election campaign and had also penned a “Westminster Life” column on her behalf in the local newspaper. Dr Christian DeFeo has given evidence Fiona Onasanya Asked by prosecutor David Jeremy QC whether he “had it in” for Onasanya as a result of the dispute, Dr DeFeo said he did not, and added: “From day one I wanted her to succeed. He said after realising the alleged offence had taken place on the road where he lived on the night she had visited him, he decided to contact police.Asked what time she arrived, he said: “I cannot say a specific time, however she arrived late and was there quite late because we offered her a bed to stay the night.”She arrived in her car, a Nissan Micra. She arrived alone. She pulled up her car in front of our house and I greeted her at the door.Asked how long the meeting lasted, he said: “As far as I am aware, no less than two hours.” He said: “I worked for Ms Onasanya and I have had enormous hopes invested in her. I never dreamed in my darkest dreams or thought that I would be sitting here.”It is with the greatest reluctance that I have had to do this, but to do otherwise; I cannot. It is morally and legally unacceptable.” Fiona Onasanya won the Peterborough seat for Labour in the 2017 General Election Fiona Onasanya was elected MP for Peterborough in 2017Credit:UK Parliament Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Christian DeFeo has given evidence Fiona Onasanya Festus Onasanya, the brother of Labour MP Fiona, has admitted charges “I wanted her to be a great MP and I said on a number of occasions that I wanted her to be an MP as long as she wanted to be.”It’s a terrible thing to have to do this.”Ms Onasanya, from Peterborough, denies one count of perverting the course of justice.Her brother has pleaded guilty to three charges of perverting the course of justice, including to one related to the July 24 incident.The trial continues. Festus Onasanya, the brother of Labour MP Fiona, has admitted chargesCredit:John Stillwell/PA Fiona Onasanya was elected MP for Peterborough in 2017 The former aide to a Labour MP felt “morally and legally” obliged to give evidence against her after learning she had tried to dodge a speeding ticket, a court has heard.Peterborough MP, Fiona Onasanya, told police she was not driving her car when it was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in Thorney, Cambridgeshire on the evening of 24 July 2017.But she is accused of lying about the incident and plotting with her brother, Festus, 33, to  blame a Russian man, Aleks Antipow, as person behind the wheel when the camera was triggered.After reading about the trial her former head of communications, Dr Christian DeFeo contacted police to say that the MP had visited him on the night of the alleged speeding offence.Appearing at the Old Bailey, Dr DeFeo said he had discussed with his wife, Christina Earle, whether to come forward and give evidence against the MP, and decided it was his moral duty. Fiona Onasanya won the Peterborough seat for Labour in the 2017 General ElectionCredit:PA Archive Dr DeFeo also told the court he had never seen anyone but Onasanya behind the wheel of her Micra and was not aware of her knowing anyone else in the village of Thornley.The court heard there had been a “bit of a falling out” between the MP and Ms Earle after an event marking 100 years of Labour in Peterborough was cancelled by Ms Onasanya. read more