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Daimler welcomes Apple’s drive
Chief financial officer of Daimler, Bodo Uebber, has supported Apple’s recent plans to enter the automotive market claiming that it shows that the automotive industry has “major growth potential.” Mr Uebber also highlighted that the German carmaker is “well positioned” to combat the emerging competition.
Fiat and VW face legal action over fuel efficiency claims
Italian consumer group Altroconsumo has launched a legal challenge against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen, for allegedly overstating fuel economy performance. The group last year completed an investigation that it claimed showed consumers were being misinformed by advertised fuel efficiency information.
Drivers’ mobile madness
An official survey conducted by the Department for Transport which revealed that about half a million motorists a day are using mobile phones illegally while driving, an increase of almost 50 per cent since 2008. The survey found that young people aged between 17 and 29 are four times more likely to use their mobile phone while driving, as the “addiction” to social networking websites seems to be the reason for the rise of offenders.
Drug-driving laws could hit patients
Drivers who are on medication should carry their prescription in the car to avoid £5,000 fines, driving bans or jail, a lawyer has advised. Drug driving rules come in on Monday that let police carry out roadside tests, said Tim Williamson, of Blake Mogan. Officers will no longer need to prove a motorirst drive badly to prosecute them for having drugs in their system.
Store’s petrol goes under £1 a litre
Sainsbury’s is offering 10p off a litre of fuel at its filling stations provided the customer spends £30 in store or online, which would bring the price of unleaded fuel down to less than £1 per litre. RAC spokesman Simon Williams said “Families are paying on average 20p per litre less for unleaded this year compared to this point last year – and 30p less when compared to 2013.”
1 in 20 drivers ask pals to take points
Research that has revealed that thousands of drivers admit they have paid someone to take their penalty points or been asked to take the punishment for a friend or relative. Figures showed that those who trade points are more likely to be aged up to 24 and nearly three-fifths have done so three times or more.
Get off the phone Mr white van man
It may be illegal but white van man doesn’t care. When not wolf whistling at women, he’s twice as likely to be using his mobile phone as other drivers. Some 2.7% per cent of van drivers in England and Scotland were spotted using hand-held mobile phones at the wheel in 2014, compared to 1.4 per cent of other motorists.