Episode 160: Being a bloody idiot - January New Car Registrations, Silly Officials saying silly things, Renault cuts their warranty, Car to Grid scheme

This week there is no Follow Up, so the chaps can plough straight into the new News.

JANUARY 2018 NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS

New car registrations are down, with diesel being particularly hard hit. This means that Alan's predictions is, unfortunately, still on track. To read more click the SMMT information here.

EMISSION DEFEAT DEVICES TO BE FINED

The Government has announced that emission defeat devices will be open to 'unlimited fines', in the future. This would not have done anything to #DieselGate. There is no information as to what testing they will judge something to have defeated. The chaps are not overly impressed. To read the Autocar article click here

ULTRA LOW EMISSION ZONE TO RAKE THE CASH IN

Figures from Transport for London and SMMT, which are not the same, show that between 500,000 and 1.6 million vehicles will be charged when entering the ULEZ. Let us remember this is not a tax on the poor! To read more click the Autocar article here.

SPEEDING ZERO TOLERANCE PROPOSED

The head of the National Police Chiefs Council for roads has made a speech stating there should be zero tolerance for speeding. The principle is sound, the limit is there for a reason. However, the tolerance side of things makes this a foolish step. To read more click the Autocar article here.

CAR TO GRID SCHEME ANNOUNCED

Nissan and the Government have announced the biggest UK car to grid scheme. This will allow EV owners to store locally or put electricity into the National Grid system and get paid for it. To read more click the Autocar article here.

RENAULT CUTS WARRANTY

Renault has announced that they're cutting their warranty from four years to three. The chaps are very confused at this move. Normally companies become more confident in their product not less. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

GÉRALD WELTER HAS DIED

Gérald Welter, who is the father of the Peugeot 205, has died. There have been some lovely memories of him being shared on Twitter.

WALES ALLOWS CLOSED ROAD RACING

Wales has changed their law to allow closed road racing. The obvious choice for some of that action would be the Rally GB. To read more click the Autosport article here.

BLUETOOTH NEARLY STOPS RECORD-BREAKING DRIFT

The trickiest part of the record-breaking BMW M5 constant drifting was not drifting, not trying to go to the toilet, not refuelling but the Bluetooth connectivity. To read more click The Verge article here.

LUNCHTIME READING: 10 RULES FOR CITIES ABOUT AUTOMATED VEHICLES

Jeff Speck, a city planner and urban designer, has written an excellent article outlining ten rules city planners need to think about when considering automated vehicles. He pushes back on some of the claims that are trotted out by AV evangelists. To read it click the link here.

Here is the link to the book Alan mentioned, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and Fall of Cars

LIST OF THE WEEK: 20 CONCEPTS WE WISH WERE REAL

To see the wonderful examples of concepts that never were made click the Classic and Sportscar link here.

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