This week Alan and Andrew hope to avoid topics like autonomous vehicles or Tesla reveals, for the good of their health. Amazingly, there is no Follow Up, so straight into the new News.
AUTUMN BUDGET 2017
After the leaks and hints at what the latest Budget from the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, would hold for motorists we now know. If you want a new diesel, after April 2018, you’ll pay more unless it can meet a test that it will not be able to until 2020. Nice. Also, the Chancellor joked about someone warning that autonomous vehicles are not safe, ignored this and told us how we’re all going to have driverless cars, without drivers, from 2021. In less idiotic news he announced extra investment in EV infrastructure and incentives. To read about what is affecting the motorist click the Motoring Research article here. To read an article explaining how moronic the diesel engine tax is, click the Company Car Today article here. To read the SMMT's response click here. To read Autocar's thoughts click here.
INDUSTRY STRATEGY ANNOUNCED
In an effort to help alleviate the expectation that the motor industry will be particularly hard hit, with Brexit, the Government has announced the Industry Strategy white paper. In it, they outline how, going forward and with everyone pulling together they can be a global leader blah blah etc. etc, the motor industry will still be able to efficiently and economically work in the UK. One of the key issues is moving manufacturing in the UK up to 50% locally sourced parts, from the current 44%. However, no mention was made of Brexit. To read more click the Autocar article here.
2016 A RECORD YEAR FOR MOTORING OFFENCES
3.06 million vehicle offences were recorded in 2016. Speeding offences increased again. Some saying cameras have caught more, others arguing the number is worse they just haven’t been caught. To read more click the Autocar article here.
DRIVING TEST CHANGES DECEMBER 4 2017
The new Driving Test comes into force Monday 4 December in England, Wales and Scotland. Be ready for the new parts, as well as the rest of it. The test will be longer, have you follow the directions of a sat nav, have a different reversing element and have you answer two safety question whilst driving. To read more click the Government article here.
FORMULA E IS BACK
This weekend the new season Formula E kicks off, from Hong Kong. More manufacturers, more variety of the tech, more interesting races to look forward to. Still no UK race though. To read more click the Formula E link here. To read about Faraday Future's separation from Dragon Racing click the Autosport article here.
NISMO HERITAGE SCHEME
Nissan has announced that they will be making official parts for the R32 Skylines, in a bid to help owners keep them alive as long as possible. Great to see another manufacturer tap into their historical side. To read more click the Top Gear article here.
PROJECT ELLY: UPDATE PART 10
Ian Seabrook has released a final update to Project Elly. There is now an MOT, just, and taken for a drive. Congratulations to Ian on getting her on the road and to everyone who supported Ian in this endeavour. Great to see cars like this get a fresh lease of life. To see the update click the YouTube link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Click the CAR Magazine article here to see the nominees for Car of the Year, which will be announced at Geneva on March 5. Surprisingly the list is, generally, unrubbish.
AND FINALLY: ALEX GOY'S RACE OF REMEMBRANCE FILM
Alex has created an excellent film explaining what the Race of Remembrance is really about and why people attend. To watch it, click the Motor1 UK link here.
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