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With the retail motor industry going through skills shortages in sales and customer services, people that can sell cars are in high demand.
Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association says, “The NFDA is working on a project to educate young people, especially women and ethnic minorities about retail automotive careers.
By-elections after the death of Labour MP Jo Cox and the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron will be held on20 October. Voters in Witney will also elect a new MP to replace Mr Cameron, who stepped down from Parliament on Monday weeks after resigning as PM in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The writs for both by-elections were moved in the Commons on Thursday. The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP have said they will not take part in the Batley and Spen contest out of respect for Ms Cox’s memory. The English Democrats and Liberty GB have said they will.
Motorists’ illegal phone use ‘rising’, says RAC survey
The number of motorists illegally using mobile phones while at the wheel is rising, an RAC survey suggests. It says 31% of motorists says they used a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014. The number of drivers who said they sent a message or posted on social media rose from 7% to 19%, while 14% said they had taken a photograph or video while driving. The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring surveyed 1,714 UK motorists. The breakdown organisation said the use of handheld mobiles was “the biggest road safety concern among motorists today”.
The Scottish government’s new Brexit minister is to meet his UK government counterpart for the first time. Michael Russell will travel to London for the meeting with David Davis in Downing Street. The pair are expected to discuss the role of the Scottish government in Brexit negotiations. It follows Nicola Sturgeon saying on Wednesday that progress over the issue had not been as quick as she would have liked. Prime Minister Theresa May has previously said she wants the Scottish government to be “fully engaged” in the discussions over the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
Ford investment in new tech ‘means lower profits in 2017’
US carmaker Ford has said it expects pre-tax profits to fall next year as it increases spending on projects such as self-driving and electric cars. Ford, like most of its rivals, is seeking ways to profit as the industry moves toward driverless technology and ride-sharing. The company also added it would move all of its small-car production from Detroit to Mexico within three years.
Shares of Ford dropped more than 1.5% after it announced its 2017 outlook.
Volkswagen said it has made progress on a “future pact” with worker unions to restructure the company without resorting to big job losses. At a meeting lasting more than two hours in front of 20,000 workers on Wednesday, Volkswagen management and worker representatives said they had taken “huge steps” to “secure the future” of the troubled carmaker. However, the head of the works council still expressed concern that jobs were going to cities such as Berlin and Munich as he called for the company to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub at the Wolfsburg headquarters.
Doggers BANNED from getting their own cheeky personalised number plates
Doggers have been banned from getting their own personalised number plate – because the DVLA has refused to issue DO66ERS. Sharp-eyed officials at the DVLA stepped in to blacklist a host of rude plates when the new “66” plates were issued this month. And DO66ERS was driven out from sale for a personalised plate – along with BU66ERS, GO66BLE and OR66ASM. The Swansea-based licensing authority – who holds the registration for 26m cars in Britain – draws up a list of banned plates whenever the latest “age identifier” numbers come out. The DVLA holds its own sale of personalised plates – and could make a fortune as numbers go for tens of thousands of pounds.
But this year’s latest banned list includes:
DA66 GER, DO66 ERS, MU66 OFF, MU66 GER, MU66 GAR, MU66 HYM, MU66 HER, OR66 ASM, OR66 SMS, DO66 NNG, DR66 GGS, DR66 GGY, GO66 BLE.
This week marks the launch of Electric Nation, a new project to understand the load put on the electricity infrastructure by clusters of electric vehicles.
The trial includes a smart charging solution between domestic charge points and the local electricity network to allow the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK to increase, so avoiding the cost and disruption involved in upgrading local electricity infrastructure. Electric Nation said the UK electricity grid has sufficient capacity to deliver power to electric vehicles, however if clusters of EVs develop in local areas and they’re all charged at peak times then some local electricity networks may become overloaded.
A previous My Electric Avenue project tested monitoring and control technology by recruiting clusters of EV users; all people in a cluster were fed by the same local electricity substation feeder, and just one type of electric vehicle was involved in the project.