FOLLOW UP: GHOSN ACCUSES JAPANESE GOVERNMENT OF CONSPIRACY
Carlos Ghosn's defence lawyers have stated that the court should drop all charges against him, due to Nissan executives, the Japanese government and prosecutors of conspiring against him. In this bold and unexpected by his lawyers, they go on to say the group set up a secret task force to drum up allegations of wrongdoing. To read more click the Automotive News article here.
SMART MOTORWAYS TO BE REVIEWED
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has confirmed that smart motorways will be reviewed. The clamour about driver safety has risen over recent months. To read more click the BBC News article here.
NEW SCRAPPAGE SCHEME FOR LONDON
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has announced a new scrappage scheme, aimed at taking older cars and motorbikes off the roads of the capital. This is separate to the £23m light commercial scheme launched last year. The money is targeting people of low income and those who are disabled. To read more click the Autocar article here.
DFT PRESSING TREASURY FOR LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROADS
The Transport Committee has backed the Department for Transport in its move to push the Treasury for long-term funding to help local councils fix their roads. Who knew failing to invest in infrastructure would lead to more problems down the, erm, road? To read more click on the Parliament website link here.
PLANS FOR BRISTOL TO BAN DIESEL VEHICLES
Bristol City Council has proposed banning diesel vehicles from the central area, between 07:00 and 15:00 each day. The claim, from the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, is that a blanket charge would affect, disproportionately, those on lower-income, hence the ban with additional measures to help people into low emission vehicles. To read more click the Bristol Post article here.
EU WINS CASE AGAINST FRANCE OVER POLLUTION
France has lost a case against the EU, which decided that France had not taken enough measures quickly enough to reduce the amount of air pollution in large cities. This is the first result in a series of cases against countries including Germany, Italy and the UK. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
LIDL TO INSTALL 300 RAPID CHARGERS
Lidl has announced it will spend £25m installing 300 rapid chargers over the next three years. Pod Point is the partner on this project. This is on the back of Morrisons announcing it will be installing 100 charge points at stores. To read more click the Air Quality News article here.
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BLOODHOUND RUN REPORT 28 OCTOBER 2019
Bloodhound is currently in South Africa, on the next stage of the project to break the sound barrier. They have produced a report of exactly what went on during the runs that took place on the 28 October. Click the link here for a fascinating and open amount of information from the Bloodhound LSR Team.
Another thrilling event with so much on the line for the two front runners in the championship race. Neuville won with Tänak second and Sordo third. This meant that Tänak won the WRC Championship with a race in hand. Possibly, just as importantly, someone not called Sebastien didn't win the championship for the first time in 16 years! Congratulations to Tänak and Toyota, who have their first driver champion since Auriol in 1994. To read more click the WRC article here and click on an excellent article from WTF1 here.
LUNCHTIME READ: WHY JAGUAR LAND ROVER IS BACK IN PROFIT
Jaguar Land Rover announced another profit, which follows on from the recent big loss. This Autocar article tries to establish how the turnaround has taken place. To read this, which we obviously do strongly recommend, click the link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: TOP FIVE CARS FROM TOKYO MOTOR SHOW
This week the chaps thought they would run through their Top Five cars from the Tokyo Motor Show.
To read Top Gear’s report on the show, click the link here.
To read Autocar’s report on the show, click the link here.
AND FINALLY: THE E-BROOM
Toyota showed off a range of ideas for solving various mobility requirements at the Tokyo Motor Show. A particular favourite was the e-broom. Click the official information link here and then to watch it in action click the link here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
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