Episode 146 : May or May Not - Car Tax Evasion, Silly Politcians, Tesla Reveal

This week the show comes to you without the ambiance of Danes celebrating a World Cup qualifying win as Alan is not in a pub. Fear not though, the chaps discussion will make you forget about background noise as they leap into Follow Up and new News from the last week.

FOLLOW UP: JLR DID NOT INVEST IN FARADAY FUTURE

Jaguar Land Rover parent company, Tata, has denied the reports that they have invested in Faraday Future. Quite categorically. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

As a bit of background reading on the founder of Faraday Future, there is an excellent article, again from Jalopnik, which we encourage you to read by clicking here.

FOLLOW UP: ISLINGTON JOINS THE DIESEL TAX RACE

Islington Council is to charge an extra £2.00 per hour to park a diesel car in any space they control. They are making no distinction between new, cleaner engines, than more polluting vehicles. Another example of the lack of understanding politicians has with this issue. To read more click the Autocar link here.

MOTOR INDUSTRY EDUCATES POLITICIANS

Representatives of the motor industry spoke to Business Select Committee to explain what a hard Brexit would mean. In essence, it would add delays, costs, and complications. However, they are unable to make any plans due to the lack of information from the Government about what will happen. To read more click the BBC News article here.

PAPERS REVEAL DASH TO DIESEL

In 2001 the British public we encouraged to buy diesel cars to try and reduce CO2 emissions. Papers obtained by the BBC reveal what compromises were taken on the policy by Gordon Brown. To see more click the article link here.

CAR TAX EVASION

Since moving to a digital-only car tax system, it has been calculated that the Government has lost £100 million, instead of saving £10 million as estimated prior to implementation. The chaps discuss why this may be the case, whilst understanding there will be a lot of deliberate evasions, there could also be accidental amounts. Added to that, there is the new element of as soon as you pass on a car the tax stops, so maybe there is some of this happening whilst a car moves through the motor trade. To read more click yet another BBC News article here.

TESLA REVEAL

Tesla, too much fanfare, and ceremony, revealed their lorry cab and new roadster models. We here wish they were more focused on fixing issues within the business rather than trying to distract us. To read more questions about the lorry click the Autoblog article here. To hear about the reveal click the link to the latest Autonocast here.

VOLVO SUPPLYING CARS TO UBER

The partnership between Volvo and Uber seems to be getting closer after a framework agreement was signed. This may result in 24,000 autonomous driving compatible base vehicles being sold to Uber between 2019 and 2021. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MORE CLAIMS OF AUTONOMOUS CARS ON UK ROADS

Another week, another claim that autonomous cars will be running on UK roads in 2021. As you can imagine, Andrew scoffs at this. A hat tip to Ken Tindell as he makes it clear why they should not be allowed on the road due to the software not being compatible with existing safety-critical software standards. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - FAVOURITE CLASSICS OF 2017

Great Escape Cars has revealed the Top 5 most popular cars from their fleet of 2017. The mileage shows just how hard their cars do work! To read more click their article here.

AND FINALLY - WHATCAR? RELIABILITY SURVEY RESULTS

The 2017 reliability survey results were announced by WHATCAR?. There are some surprises in the Brand chart, for example how well Alfa Romeo has done - which is good news! To run through the full list and categories click the link here.

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