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DVLA revenue falls £93m since paper tax disc scrapped tax disc image

Road tax revenue has fallen by £93m in the year following the abolition of the paper tax disc, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) figures show. Revenue from road tax fell 1.5% to £5.93bn in the year to the end of March 2016, from £6.023bn a year earlier. Motoring body the RAC said the figure was “a significant sum” that needed “further investigating”. The DVLA said a move to direct debit payment and cleaner cars paying less tax accounted for the change in income. The fall in tax revenue is larger than the Department for Transport (DfT) forecast when the tax disc was abolished a year ago.


Drivers battle Uber over employment rights

Cab hire service Uber has been taken to a London employment tribunal by two of its drivers who claim it is acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay. Uber, which allows users to book and pay for a cab through a smartphone app, is used by some two million Londoners. The test case centres around whether the drivers can be considered workers or, as Uber argues, as self-employed.


Volkswagen hit by 2.2bn euros diesel emissions charge vw emissions

German carmaker Volkswagen has set aside another €2.2bn (£1.84bn: $2.4bn) in the first six months of the year in relation to its emissions scandal. Excluding the charge and other one-off items, the firm said its operating profit for the half-year until the end of June was up 7% to €7.5bn. The better-than-expected performance lifted the firm’s shares by 4.6% VW admitted last year to installing illegal software disguising the level of emissions from its diesel cars. The so called “defeat devices”, which deactivated pollution controls, were placed in 11 million cars worldwide.



The Financial Times


Amazon asks drivers with free time to deliver its parcels

It is like Uber, but for parcels: Amazon is signing up amateur drivers to make deliveries in their spare time, the latest company to turn to the “gig economy” of informal employment. Under a scheme Amazon began testing in its home town of Seattle last year, the US ecommerce group will offer British car owners cash to ferry parcels between a local distribution centre and customers’ homes. The company expects UK deliveries to begin this month in Birmingham, where it has been advertising on online jobs websites such as Gumtree and Craigslist since June. It will initially use freelance drivers to make same-day deliveries, including under its “Prime Now” service, which offers a range of 15,000 products for delivery within one hour.



The Daily Telegraph


Electric car sales could overtake fossil fuels by 2027  electric car

Electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3 million electric cars registered each year, according to forecast analysis by Go Ultra Low, the government and industry-backed campaign. This means that, according to Go Ultra Low, the UK is on target to meet a government forecast that all new cars and vans will be electrically-powered by 2040. New car sales for 2015 totalled 2.6 million, so Go Ultra Low’s projection assumes that sales will be maintained at the current high level. Meanwhile, new figures from car-buying website Carwow reveal that west London is the most eco-car-friendly place in the UK.


Driverless cars could impact insurers

As Internet-connected and, eventually, driverless vehicles roll off production lines, traditional motor insurers need to adapt to ward off competition from car manufacturers. Insurers have struggled for years to make a profit from motor insurance due to intense competition and a rising tide of fraudulent claims. Now they face a much bigger threat as new technology sends key information about drivers’ behavior, including their speed when an accident occurred, directly to car makers.


Too early to start slashing interest rates, says top Bank of England official bank of england logo

The Bank of England should not cut interest rates until there is more evidence of the economic impact of the Brexit vote, according to a top policymaker. Kristin Forbes said it was important to “keep calm and carry on” as she warned that there were “costs” as well as benefits to loosening monetary policy to support growth Writing in The Telegraph, Ms Forbes said financial markets had “stabilised” following an initial “panic”, while measures of consumer spending, which drives around two thirds of UK output, “do not suggest consumers are cutting back. This is not a ‘Lehman moment’”, she said.


Posted by Paul Carpenter on 21/07/2016