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Insurance premiums set to soar after compensation changesBack

BBC.co.uk

Insurance premiums set to soar after compensation changes

Average car insurance premiums could increase by up to £75 a year as a result of a government ruling, industry experts have said. A new formula for calculating compensation payments for those who suffer long-term injuries has been announced by the Ministry of Justice. But the Association of British Insurers (ABI) called the decision “crazy”.

The move – reducing the so-called discount rate – could also cost the Department of Health £1bn.

 

The Financial Times

Brussels sets out tough new line on equivalence 

The City of London’s hopes of maximising access to the EU are set to be dealt a blow by European Commission plans to take a tough stance on rules that could provide a post-Brexit lifeline for the UK financial sector. A document obtained by the Financial Times sets out Brussels’ goal of a more thorough approach on whether to deem other jurisdictions’ rules as “equivalent” — a vital issue for the City. The paper discusses steps such as a more methodical process of reviewing equivalence decisions, including on-site EU inspections of foreign financial institutions.

German business chiefs prepare to defend free trade in US 

German business leaders are preparing for a campaign in the US to push the benefits of free trade as fears grow that President Donald Trump’s administration is embracing protectionism. Executives are worried that ideas put forward by the White House, such as possible import taxes, restrictions on foreign workers and a rethink on trade agreements, could damage German business and hurt economic ties worldwide.

 

The Times

Bankruptcy risk if loan rates rise 

An extra 18,000 people will go bankrupt by 2020 if the cost of borrowing rises by only one percentage point, official figures suggest. The Insolvency Service predicts that 257,800 people will become bankrupt over the next three years if interest rates stay unchanged but that would rise to 275,900 by April 2020 if the Bank of England increased the base rate by 1 percentage point. Even a 0.5 point increase would mean almost 10,000 more people facing financial ruin.

Tax cuts for businesses that employ former prisoners 

Businesses that take on ex-offenders could be given financial rewards, including reduced national insurance contributions, under plans being explored by ministers. The government has accepted in principle the case made for incentives, according to a report by the Commons work and pensions committee, and has “noted with interest” in its response the suggestion of offering reduced national insurance contributions to employers. In their report, the MPs said that convicts who were trying to make a new life for themselves “walked over a cliff edge” when they left jail.

 

The Daily Telegraph

How Ford will create a new generation of driverless cars 

In four years Ford will be mass producing cars without a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal. The company believes that the future of the market lies in producing vehicles where a driver is not even required. It has just announced a $1bn (£800m) investment in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company which will produce the software needed for a new generation of self-driving cars. Ford’s investment over five years will see the new company develop the software needed to make self-drive cars a reality, initially in cities and then across a wider area. It expects to profit from not only having its own autonomous car on the road in 2021, but by licensing the technology to other companies, including rival manufacturers.

The Guardian

End UK tax incentives for diesel vehicles, ministers are urged 

Ministers are coming under growing pressure to remove tax incentives for diesel cars and offer compensation to motorists so they can swap to more environmentally friendly vehicles. A group of medical professionals, environmental campaigners and lawyers has written to the chancellor ahead of the budget to demand a change to the vehicle excise duty that they say subsidises diesel cars. Separately, senior Labour and Tory politicians have called for a comprehensive vehicle scrappage scheme to help people with diesel cars change to greener alternatives. The letter from campaigners, including the British Lung Foundation, Greenpeace and doctors’ groups, says toxic air poses a daily risk to people’s health – particularly the young and those suffering from lung problems.

 

The Daily Mail

Beware the second hand cars with one previous owner – a rental company! Buyers are regularly being duped by dealers not telling them who had the car previously 

Motorists are being duped into buying former hire cars and company vehicles, it has emerged. Dealers are routinely selling cars with ‘one previous owner’, but not telling customers the vehicle has been rented out to multiple drivers.

Some have paid over the odds for former hire cars, which are often seen as less desirable because they have been driven by so many people, and tend to be driven less carefully. The practice has caused such concern that MPs may investigate the second-hand car industry.

Parents risk a criminal record and a £1,000 fine for driving children to SCHOOL in a clampdown banning them from dropping kids off in exclusion zones 

Parents could risk a criminal record for driving their children to school in an extraordinary clampdown.

The driver of any vehicle ‘seen stopping to drop off or pick up pupils’ in designated zones extending over up to five streets around some schools will face fixed penalty notices of £100. Those who fail to pay within 14 days, or who are caught three times, will be prosecuted – and could be fined up to £1,000 and recorded as criminals.

The Daily Mirror

Couple’s fury as sat-nav on £30,000 Volkswagen veers off course because it can’t pronounce local place names 

A couple are being driven round the bend by the sat-nav on their new £30,000 Volkswagen – because it cannot pronounce local place names. Christine and Edward Shields bought their dream 66 Reg Tiguan from a dealership in Durham city. But as soon as they left the forecourt, they noticed the car’s in-built satellite navigation system struggled to say key destinations. Bizarrely, the polite Oxford English accent of the automated voice system pronounces ‘Bishop Auckland’ as ‘Bee-Pee Accue Glan’. Picturesque Barnard Castle becomes ‘Barrdian Castle’…..and nearby Consett instead comes out as ‘Can’t Set’.

 

The Sun

Jaguar drivers are Britain’s worst with eighty-six per cent admitting to speeding 

JAGUAR drivers are Britain’s worst motorists, research has found. A survey discovered 86 per cent admit speeding, 71 per cent regularly fail to indicate and half jump red lights. The car owners, such as Labour peer John “Two Jags” Prescott, have now overtaken BMW to top the list of shame. But Beemer motorists remain worst for hurling litter and hogging the middle lane. And 92 per cent of Skodas drivers use mobiles at the wheel — the penalty for which doubles this week to a £200 fine and six points.

 

Posted by Paul Carpenter on 27/02/2017