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Bike Sales are far from a Triumph – NMDA Coverage Attached
Summer is supposed to be the time of year when sales of motorcycle race ahead, as bikers take the sunshine as their cue to hit the open road, but yesterday’s motorbike-unfriendly downpours were somehow timely on the day it emerged that sales were down nearly 14 per cent last month (Robert Lea writes). Retail volumes in July fell by nearly 11,000 to 66,423, according to the National Motorcycle Dealers Association.
Drivers ignore Background Noise of Diesel Engines
The price of second-hand diesel cars has fallen and the number of people searching for used diesel vehicles has slumped, yet the demonisation of diesel is not having as severe an impact as the industry had feared, according to Auto Trader. The internet car sales operator said that of those searching for a car on its website, and who had specified an engine type, people seeking diesel had fallen to 54 per cent of all searchers this year. Last November, before Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, had raised the issue of a scrappage scheme for diesel cars, the fuel accounted for 71 per cent of searches.
Mazda hails more efficient Petrol Engine
Japanese carmaker Mazda has developed a more efficient petrol engine at a time when the industry steers toward electric vehicles. It said the compression ignition engine was up to 30% more fuel-efficient than its current engines.
It plans to sell cars with the new engine from 2019. Last week, Mazda said it would work with Toyota to develop electric vehicle technology and build a $1.6bn plant in the US. Mazda research and development head Kiyoshi Fujiwara said it was imperative for the company to pursue the “ideal internal combustion engine”.
Pension jackpot for many baby boomers
Older people’s income has received a massive boost from private and workplace pensions in the last 40 years, official statistics show. In 1977, only 45% of retired households received income from a private pension, compared with 80% last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. As a result, the income gap between those only getting the state pension and other pensioners had grown. Overall, incomes have grown faster for older people than for the young.
Driving examiners to trial body cameras due to rise in attacks by failed candidates
Driving test examiners could be given body cameras following a spate of attacks by failed candidates. More than 300 DVSA staff suffered physical or verbal abuse in 2016, up from 198 during the previous year, according to the government agency. Around two-thirds of attacks were carried out on examiners, with the rest aimed at vehicle testers and roadside enforcement staff. The DVSA has launched a crackdown on the abuse, including trialling body cameras for frontline staff. They will initially be given to roadside workers but could be rolled out to include driving test examiners if they prove effective, the agency said.
The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem
The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has gathered momentum in recent weeks. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what on earth to do with their half-tonne lithium-ion batteries when they wear out? British and French governments last month committed to outlaw the sale of petrol- and diesel-powered cars by 2040, and carmaker Volvo pledged to only sell electric or hybrid vehicles from 2019. The number of electric cars in the world passed the 2m mark last year and the International Energy Agency estimates there will be 140m electric cars globally by 2030 if countries meet Paris climate agreement targets.
Older siblings ‘are the most selfish and dangerous drivers’
If you’re an older sibling then you’re a menace to the roads.
It might sound like a tenuous link, but according to new research eldest children are more likely to speed, get fined and have road traffic accidents. In contrast, younger siblings are apparently the best drivers in the UK.
A study by Privilege Car Insurance into the driving habits of 1,395 motorists has revealed that 89% of older siblings are likely to speed, 35% to get fined, 47% likely to annoy other drivers by cutting them off, and 46% likely to cruise in the middle of the road. Eldest children even admit to putting makeup on while driving (17%) and using their phone (30%) at the wheel, even though it’s now illegal. And they do all of these at a higher rate than their younger siblings. Because of this, older brothers and sisters have been involved in more minor and major car accidents than both middle and youngest children.