FOLLOW UP: BRISTOL COUNCIL APPROVES DIESEL BAN
Bristol Council has approved the plan to ban privately owned diesel cars from a portion of the city centre between 07:00 and 15:00 everyday. Commercial vehicles will be charged for entering the Clean Air Zone. The chaps discuss this and whilst questioning how successful the plan will be, let alone if it gets approval from the Government, how can we improve air quality whilst not penalising the poor or harming the commercial aspects of urban areas? To read more click the BBC News article here.
FOLLOW UP: WINTERKORN ACCUSED OF SUPPRESSING INFORMATION
During the court proceedings of Heinz-Jakob Neusser’s unfair dismissal case, he has accused Martin Winterkorn of instructing the Board to only partly disclose the issues of Dieselgate. A claim VW’s lawyers strongly deny. To read more, click the Automotive News Europe article here.
NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES OCTOBER 2019
A fall of 6.7% in registration continues the decline in the UK market. Private demand, or lack of, is one of the major factors, with a fall in 13.2%. Reasons given include the continued lack of confidence by consumers. To read more, click the SMMT article here.
PSA AND FCA CONFIRM MERGER
PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have agreed to merge on a 50/50 join. There has been much writing about this slightly surprising and seemingly rapid move (although they have been privately talking for some time). Much is being speculated about how this will affect existing platforms, brands, factories and strategies. We will just all have to wait and see. To read more, in the meantime, check out the Autocar article here.
ELECTRIC CHARGING AVAILABILITY IN THE UK
The Government has published a ‘league table’ of what public charging infrastructure is available in each borough council. To read more, click the Government’s article here.
GOVERNMENT TO CLOSE MOBILE PHONE LOOPHOLE
The case of the man being cleared of using his mobile phone, whilst driving because he was not “communicating” with it, merely filming, has caused the Government to close this loophole. In future, you will not be able to touch your phone whilst driving. However, they have held back on calls for a complete ban of using a phone, even for hands-free calls, due to difficulties in implementing and policing. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
BRUSSELS TO BAN ALL PETROL AND DIESEL CARS
What sounds like another Bristol-type story turns out not to be, on further inspection. From 2030 diesel cars and 2035 petrol cars will be banned from the city limits. Heavily polluting motorbikes will be excluded from 2022. The chaps discuss this and suggest they should be moving quicker, unlike Bristol! To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
MERCEDES EQC RECALLED
Mercedes-Benz’s new electric SUV, the EQC, has been recalled due to a front suspension bolt at risk of failing during the lifetime of the car. This will be replaced on all cars sold so far. To read more, click the SuperUnleaded article here.
SHAKE UP TO PRIVATE PARKING FIRM RULES
Private Parking firms will need to abide by new British Standard rules soon. This will include a 10 minute grace period before a ticket can be issued. A simplification of the appeal process will also be used by all owners and enforcers. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
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WRC: TÄNAK TO JOIN HYUNDAI
Ott Tänak is leaving Toyota to join Hyundai for the 202 season. Rumours of this move surfaced during the last round, in Spain. There are no official reasons for the move, but some rumours suggest that conflicts with the management style within the team has come to a head.
LUNCHTIME READ: THE RISE OF THE CONNECTED CAR
Gavin Braithwaite-Smith has written an excellent introduction to the why’s and what fors of connected car. Have a read to get yourself up to speed quickly on the topic and why you need to be paying attention. Bonus is that Andrew didn’t have anything to do with it, so you don’t need your tin foil hat, but you may begin to appreciate his perspective a bit more. To read the Motoring Research article, click here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: THE WORLD’S GREATEST CAR ENGINES
Autocar has a glorious list of what they are claiming are the best car engines. Go check out the slideshow by clicking the link here.
AND FINALLY: WHAT CAR ENTHUSIASTS LOOK LIKE TO EVERYONE ELSE
In a rare moment of self-reflection, the chaps have thoroughly enjoyed the far to close to home nature of this post, which Alex Grant shared on his Twitter account recently. To read it, click the link here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
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