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The Evening Standard
The gas guzzling cars driven in the west London spiritual home of the “Chelsea tractor” are the most polluting in Britain, official figures reveal today. The 44,732 cars registered in Kensington & Chelsea belch an average of 177.7 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometre driven, far higher than the London average of 163.5 grams. The data – obtained from the DVLA through a Freedom of Information request – also reveal that more than a quarter of cars in the country’s most affluent local authority area exceed the 200g/km level. The figures were released as a survey showed that most Londoners still rank the cost of buying and running a car as more important than its impact on the environment. More than half of those surveyed said a car’s “green” credentials was the least important factor in choosing their vehicle.
Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association, which commissioned the survey, said it had “brought to light a worrying statistic with regards to vehicle emissions.
“We expected to find emissions at the forefront of the consumers mind however this is clearly not the case.
“We will endeavour, through our members, to help educate the consumer of the importance of vehicle emissions as well as cheap running costs.”
Italian luxury car maker Maserati is recalling nearly 21,000 cars in China over a design defect that could increase the risk of a collision. The affected vehicles include the Quattroporte and Ghibli models made between March 2013 and December 2015, state-owned media said. China’s quality watchdog claims a design problem with the floor mat and accelerator could lead to the pedal getting stuck in the working position. Maserati will replace the pedals. Luxury car brands have seen sales suffer in China in recent years due to the slowing economy and a government crackdown on corruption and overt displays of wealth.
Volkswagen has recalled thousands of its e-Golf cars in the US citing a problem that could cause their motors to switch off while in use. It marks the third call-back of electric cars over recent weeks. Earlier this month, Nissan revealed it needed to reprogramme the software that controls its Leaf vehicles’ brakes. Days later, Renault said it needed to check and replace faulty brake hoses on its Zoe cars. The problems appear to be unrelated.
The Financial Times
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The changes, revealed by companies, lawyers and other experts, suggest some workers will not reap the full benefit of the new £7.20 an hour minimum wage for people aged 25 and over, which comes into effect on Friday.
The policy’s impact will be felt disproportionately by smaller companies since they employ 35 per cent of the adult workforce but 52 per cent of Britain’s minimum wage workers.
The French government has launched a broadside against the pay of PSA Peugeot Citroën chief executive Carlos Tavares, calling it “damaging” and revealing it had urged its representatives on the carmaker’s board to vote against the remuneration package. Mr Tavares saw his total remuneration reach €5.24m for 2015, including his fixed and variable salary and long-term incentives, nearly double the €2.75m received the previous year.
The Daily Telegraph
Negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union would take “a very long time” and the country would be likely to walk away without any “great successes”, a former Cabinet Secretary has warned. Lord O’Donnell, who worked under four Prime Ministers and was the country’s highest ranking civil servant, said that countries like France and Germany would not allow Britain to leave with a good deal because they would not want to play into the hands of anti-EU opponents in their forthcoming elections next year. He also told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it took Greenland three years to negotiate an exit from the trappings of the EU, indicating that it could take up to a decade for Britain.
The Daily Mail
Drivers with diabetes will no longer lose their licences “unfairly” after changes to European driving laws, a charity has said. Diabetes UK has welcomed changes to the rules which previously saw a number of people with the condition lose their licence “unnecessarily”. It said that European laws introduced in 2011 meant that d rivers who treat their diabetes with insulin who have had one or more episodes of severe hypoglycaemia, known as “hypos”, could face losing their licences.