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Brexit: No deal would be ‘hugely damaging’ to car industry
Failing to strike a Brexit deal would put “hundreds of thousands” of jobs in the car industry at risk, MPs have said. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said continued close alignment with the EU would ensure the industry’s survival. And it warned the introduction of trade barriers would leave the sector unable to compete with its European rivals. The government said it wanted a deal that maintains the industry’s strength.
Dyson creates 300 new electric car jobs
Dyson is seeking an extra 300 engineers in a push to build its first electric car by 2020. Best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, the firm caused a stir when it announced plans for a battery powered vehicle. Dyson already has a 400-strong team working on the project and has doubled the number of scientists working on its battery programmes over the past year. The jobs news came as it revealed 2017 underlying earnings rose 27% to £801m.
Old Charles Darwin paper £10 notes out, new 10p coins in
Bank of England paper £10 notes are being accepted in shops for a final day before being officially withdrawn. The Charles Darwin notes have been gradually replaced by the polymer Jane Austen note since September. From Friday, anyone with the banknote will need to deposit it at their bank as shops will be entitled to refuse it. At the same time, a collection of new 10p coins featuring 26 designs celebrating Britain – from cricket to queuing – are entering circulation.
Rome to ban diesel cars from city centre by 2024
Rome, one of Europe’s most traffic-clogged cities and home to thousands of ancient outdoor monuments threatened by pollution, plans to ban diesel cars from the centre by 2024, its mayor has said. Virginia Raggi announced the decision on her Facebook page on Tuesday, saying: “If we want to intervene seriously, we have to have the courage to adopt strong measures”. Her comments followed a court ruling in Germany that cities there can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets. About two-thirds of the 1.8m new cars sold in Italy last year were diesel, according to industry figures. Rome has no major industries, so nearly all of the air pollution in the Italian capital is caused by motor vehicles.
Why that used car you’ve got your eye on could actually be a clapped-out taxi
The Beast from the East snowfall has caused havoc on the nation’s roads this week, and the AA has reported that it has already sent motor insurance claims spiralling. Nearly a third (30 per cent) of all claims made on Tuesday – the first day of widespread snow – were related to damage caused by driving in the treacherous conditions. The AA said around 2,500 private cars were involved in shunts, bumps and scrapes on Tuesday, with total damage caused amounting to around £3 million.
Garages could grind to a halt in March: Car owners warned this month will be the busiest for MOTs on record
Is your car due an MOT? Making a booking could prove a real headache this month, according to new research. Kwik Fit, the largest MOT tester in the country, said roadworthiness tests records will be broken in March as half a million cars due their first test will need to be booked in for checks. March 2015 new car registrations were the highest for more than two decades with 492,774 vehicles hitting the road three years ago – all of which require their first MOT this month, potentially causing a backlog for test centres. The near half-million registrations in March 2015 was the highest monthly figure since August 1998, which was the last year before the nation switched systems from one to two new registration plates per year.
All of these vehicles are due to have their first ever check, as Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) rules state. But mechanics will not only have to cope with an onslaught of bookings made by owners of these 15-plate models, Kwik Fit warned.
Are you insured to drive during a red weather warning?
Snow has continued to cover the country throughout the day leaving many drivers struggling to travel under such dangerous conditions. The weather in some areas of the UK has lead the Met Office to issue a red alert weather warning which means ‘you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather’. It is the highest alert possible and it was backed up by Public Health England that urged people to plan ahead and only travel if necessary. Since the weather warning was upgraded some drivers have become concerned that there car insurance may not cover any damage their vehicle could encounter on the snowy journey home.