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Uber drops English language test appeal for London drivers
Uber has dropped an appeal against a move which would see all its drivers in London given English language tests. The mini cab app firm said it would no longer oppose the exams after Transport for London amended its proposals, which would see the test made “more relevant to the role of a private hire driver”. The appeal against English tests is separate to Uber’s appeal of its licence.
Apprentice levy needs total overhaul, business chief will say
The government’s apprenticeship levy on employers has been “disastrous”, according to the head of one of Britain’s biggest business groups. Dame Judith Hackitt, who chairs the EEF manufacturers’ body, will say later on Tuesday that the levy is “complex” and seen as just another tax on business. She will make the comments in a speech at the EEF’s annual dinner, attended by Business Secretary Greg Clark. The scheme needs a complete overhaul, Dame Judith will say.
Jeremy Vine films ’40 driving crimes a day’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43114022 (VIDEO)
Radio presenter Jeremy Vine has claimed he films up to 40 driving offences every day as he cycles into work. Speaking to the London Assembly transport committee, the BBC presenter also said road layouts in the capital should be changed to keep cyclists safe from “angry, dangerous drivers”. The assembly’s report into cycling in London is set to be published in March. In April 2017 a woman was jailed for shouting and making a gun sign at Mr Vine as he cycled home from work.
Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis
Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary will say in a speech. David Davis will say fears about a “race to the bottom” in workers’ rights and environmental standards are “based on nothing”. He will argue for continued close co-operation between the UK and the EU on regulations and standards. This will help ensure “frictionless” trade, he will say.
May launches review of UK post-school education
Theresa May has launched a year long review of the UK’s post school education system, with the prime minister acknowledging the current arrangement for funding students at university “is not working for the individual or our country” She said the UK needs “an education and training system that is more flexible and more diverse than it is today”. However, she refused to match Labour’s call to scrap university tuition fees, warning this would raise taxes for those who do not attend university, and leave universities competing with schools and hospitals for funding. The review, which will be headed by the academic Philip Augar, would break down “false boundaries between further and higher education”.
Owning a car sets Brits back £206,000 during a lifetime
OWNING a car will set the average motorist back more than £206,625 during their lifetime on the road, according to research. A study of 2,000 drivers revealed just how much they can expect to spend on repairs, petrol and parking, as well as insurance and car tax. It revealed car maintenance sets the average owner back £439 per year as they fork out for essential upkeep and repairs – adding up to £27,716 over a lifetime behind the wheel. The biggest expense is fuel, with typically an incredible £54,341 pumped into their vehicle. It also emerged the average adult will own five cars, worth a total of £41,976 in value, or £8,395.20 each.