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Expect cold calls if your car’s at the garage: Ambulance-chasing firms obtain motorists’ details when they drop off their vehicles
· Probe by RMI Bodyshops finds claims companies are hacking computers at garages
· Garages have denied selling-on drivers details
A major investigation by a car repair trade body found ambulance-chasing firms were getting hold of customers details within hours of a motorist dropping off their vehicle at a garage.
The motorists are then bombarded with calls encouraging them to claim compensation for whiplash.
Customers have accused workshop staff of selling their personal details to claims firms.
Garages deny this, but have been unable to explain how customers’ names and numbers appear in claims firms’ files.
The probe by trade body RMI Bodyshops worked by entering fake details into garages’ computers.
Its executive director, Jason Moseley, says it has evidence claims firms called up asking to speak to these made-up customers shortly afterwards.
He fears computer systems garages use may have been hacked and the information found sold to claims firms.
The Financial Times
Volkswagen plans shake-up of parts operations
Volkswagen is planning a far-reaching shake up of its sprawling operations that make components, as part of efforts to cut its bloated costs, according to two people briefed on the proposals. The initiative may form part of a new strategy due to be unveiled on Thursday by Matthias Müller, chief executive, which is partly intended to draw a line under the diesel emissions scandal.
Unemployment rate at record low despite stall in private sector hiring
Unemployment dropped to its lowest rate since 2005 in April, to a level which without the looming Brexit vote would set off interest rate warning bells at the Bank of England. The unemployment rate fell to 5% from 5.1% in March, while the number of jobs in the economy jumped 55,000 from March to set a record high employment rate of 74.2%. Once the jobless rate falls below 5%, the Bank believes wage pressures start to build. The strength of the jobs market was seized on by the chancellor, George Osborne, who tweeted: “At 5%, unemployment at its lowest rate for 11 years – let’s not put that at risk by irreversible decision to quit EU.”
World’s drivers learn to love their huge gas guzzlers all over again
Cheap petrol is driving a boom in sales of SUVs and trucks as drivers from Beijing to Boston turn their backs on more fuel-efficient models and hybrids. In China, the world’s second largest oil consumer, light trucks and SUVs accounted for 35 per cent of all car sales in April, according to official figures. That was up from 10 per cent in 2010 and less than 5 per cent ten years ago, a trend that has undermined efforts to trim carbon emissions and improve air quality in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
The Daily Mail
Two more huge British firms endorsed a Remain vote today as the campaign to keep Britain inside the EU scrambled to stop a slide in the polls to Brexit. Rolls Royce wrote to staff and warned them a Brexit vote next Thursday would mean having to postpone crucial new projects. Elsewhere, John Lewis issued a warning to shoppers that prices would rise if Britain left the European Union following the referendum. The new endorsements come after BT backed Remain in a letter to 81,000 staff and a week after JCB chief Sir Anthony Bamford told his 6,000 employees he backed Brexit.
Jaguar Land Rover goes nuts for Brazil as it opens a new £240m 4X4 factory in Rio to cash in on high demand
Britain’s biggest car-maker Jaguar Land Rover today opened a new £240million factory in Brazil where it will build luxury 4X4s for South America. The new facility at Itatiaia in the state of Rio de Janeiro will employ 400 people building both the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport for Brazilian customers. It is the expanding UK car-maker’s first wholly-owned factory outside the UK and the first UK automotive facility in Latin America.