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BMW workers accept revised pension deal
BMW workers in the UK have accepted a revised offer over the closure of their final salary pension scheme, ending the threat of further strikes. The agreement follows a series of stoppages at plants making the Mini and Rolls Royce cars. More than 80% of members of the Unite union approved the deal which affects workers at four sites. The union said it had won a much bigger transitional payment for staff, plus other guarantees.
US President Donald Trump ‘to visit UK in 2018’
US President Donald Trump is likely to come to the UK next year, the BBC understands. Downing Street and the White House are believed to be looking at options for the visit. Mr Trump accepted the Queen’s invitation for him to travel to Britain on a state visit when UK PM Theresa May visited Washington in January. But the prospect of a state visit caused much controversy and reportedly led Mr Trump to change his mind. It was said he did not want to visit while there was potential for protests against him. Nearly two million people signed one of a number of petitions saying Mr Trump should not be invited to the UK on a state visit.
Brexit: Cross-party group says ‘all options’ should be on table
All options should remain on the table in Brexit negotiations, a newly formed cross-party group of MPs have claimed.
Labour’s Chuka Umunna said there must be a deal which maintained the closest links with the EU, including possibly remaining in the single market. He said it was “nonsense” to claim the group, whose members include ex-Tory minister Anna Soubry and Green leader Caroline Lucas, wanted to stop Brexit. On Sunday, Lib Dem Vince Cable said in his view Brexit may not happen.
UK retail sales get lift from warm weather and Eid
Retail sales in the UK bounced back in June helped along by the balmy summer weather and the Muslim festival of Eid. The British Retail Consortium reported it’s like-for-like sales rose 1.2 per cent last month after a 0.5 per cent decline in May. The latest reading came in above a forecast of 0.8 per cent. Overall sales were up 2 per cent in June – the best month since October with the exception of April which was effected by the later timing of Easter. Sales of non-food goods were given a lift, up 0.9 per cent on a like-for-like measure, and climbing above their 12-month average of 0.6 per cent.
Rising insurance costs drive young off the road
A sharp rise in the cost of insurance is pushing young people off the road, with the number of under-25s learning to drive plummeting by a fifth in a decade. The overall number of 17 to 25-year-olds taking their practical test has dropped by 217,000, or 18 per cent, since 2007-08. In some areas, the drop is even more rapid, with declines of about 50 per cent being recorded.
The decrease, disclosed in data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), comes as there has been rise in the number of pensioners with a driving licence, suggesting that motoring is becoming the preserve of older adults.
Record decline in teenagers learning to drive, figures show
A record number of teenagers are not learning to drive as new figures show the number has fallen by nearly 30pc in a decade.
For years driving lessons were the “go to” birthday present for 17-year olds, but now the total taking driving tests per year has fallen by 100,000 (28pc) since 2007/8. Over the same period there has been a 20 per cent drop in under-25s learning to drive, DVSA data obtained by motoring website, Honest John, shows. Experts put the decline down to the rising cost of university, as the trend towards fewer sixth formers learning to drive co-insides with tuition fees rising to £9,000 a year and cuts to maintenance grants.
France’s environment minister said all petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040
Motorists driving to France this summer could face a fine of up to €135 (£119) if they fail to display a sticker on their windscreen showing how much pollution it emits. Those driving traditional fuel cars registered before 1997 or diesel cars registered before 2001 will be completely banned from the streets of Paris from 8am to 8pm on weekdays. A Crit’Air scheme introduced in January makes it compulsory for private vehicles driving in Paris, Lyon or Grenoble to display the sticker. These range from a green badge for fully electric cars to a grey one for diesel cars registered between 1997 and 2000.
DIESEL SAVIOUR Tech breakthrough could SAVE diesel as Continental cuts emissions by 60 per cent with new super fuel
A BREAKTHROUGH by Continental could give diesel a future by slashing emissions and boosting fuel economy. Tests of the new Super Clean Electrified Diesel tech have revealed it’s capable of reducing real-world emissions by two-thirds. It could turn the tide for the toxic fuel which has taken a beating over the last few months. Volvo announced it would move away from diesels by 2019 and France plans to introduce a ban on sales by 2040. The UK is also targeting diesel to clean up city air with a string of toxic taxes, road pricing measures and even a potential diesel scrappage scheme.