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Self-parking cars to be legalised in UK
The UK government wants to modify its ban on using mobile phones behind the wheel to allow drivers to use automatic parking devices. Drivers who push a button on their phone or key fob to make their car park itself could be running the risk of a fine under current laws, according to a consultation document. Remote-control parking is a feature on many high-end luxury models. But the government claims it could “revolutionise” driving for all.
Brexit: UK plans to soften impact on European banks
The Bank of England is to unveil plans allowing European banks to operate in the UK as normal post-Brexit. The BBC has learned that banks offering wholesale finance – money and services provided to businesses and each other – would operate under existing rules. It means EU banks operating through branches can continue without creating subsidiaries – an expensive process. Branches offer an easy way for banks to move money around their international operations.
Uber a danger to public safety, warns union
Uber drivers work “excessive hours”, making the taxi app service a danger to public safety, a union has warned. The GMB Union told Westminster Magistrates’ Court it had evidence that Uber “encourages and incentivises” its drivers to work long hours. The hearing will determine whether the union can take part in the taxi app’s battle to renew its London licence. An Uber spokeperson said it would “shortly be introducing hours limits” for drivers in its app. It said that on average, drivers spent 30 hours a week logged into its app.
Christmas comes earlier in the UK, data shows
The UK is the country where the character Ebenezer Scrooge was invented, the man who would scoff “bah humbug” at any Christmas revellers. But Brits are no Scrooges, according to Google. The search engine claims people in Britain make more Christmas searches than anywhere else in the world. Whether it’s searching mince pie recipes, or hunting down the perfect tree decorations, the UK seems to be Christmas obsessed. For the past four years the UK has had the highest search interest in Christmas topics, taking over from Ireland, which was top in 2012 and 2013. And in November and December of every year since 2010, UK search interest in Christmas topics has increased.
Commonwealth Games: Birmingham set to host 2022 event
Birmingham is set to be officially announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Thursday. It was the only interested city to submit a bid before the original 30 September deadline but was deemed “not fully compliant” by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The CGF then gave rivals until 30 November to apply. Earlier this month the CGF reiterated it needed “further clarification on issues” before choosing a host city. But the BBC understands Birmingham has now finally prevailed in its attempt to stage the £750m showpiece, the most expensive sports event in Britain since the London 2012 Olympics.
U.S. regulators approve emissions fix for 24,000 Audi diesel 3.0-liter vehicles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board said Tuesday they had approved an emissions fix for 24,000 Audi 3.0-liter passenger cars as Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) looks to move beyond its diesel emissions crisis. The new approval covers 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and Q5 diesel vehicles. The approved fix entails removing defeat device software that reduced emission control effectiveness and replacing certain hardware components. Previously, regulators approved a fix for 38,000 other 3.0-liter diesels.
Anger as anti-bird spikes used on trees to protect cars in Bristol
It appears there are few lengths to which the drivers of top of the range cars will not stoop to protect their beloved Maseratis, Ferraris and BMWs. And in the smart Bristol suburb of Clifton that means placing spikes in trees near their homes to stop the local pigeons fouling their cars from above. The spikes – which are normally used to stop birds resting or nesting on buildings – have been installed along branches which overhang a car park used by residents near Clifton Downs, overlooking the Avon george and Isambard Clifton Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. But the measure has prompted a backlash from some of the many environmentalists in the city.
Motorists in Jersey urged to check their vehicles for faults
Drivers in Jersey are putting themselves and others at risk on the road, that’s according to the inspector of motor traffic. New figures reveal that more than 300 vehicles that were checked this year were found to have defects. The most common fault was found on vehicle lights. Other defects included faults found on tyres, bodywork and engine oil leaks.