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GMLogoGM Gets 108 More Claims for Faulty Ignition Switch Compensation

General Motors has received 108 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,818, according to the official administering the compensation program. Through Friday, GM received 311 claims for death, 207 for catastrophic injuries and 2,300 for less-serious injuries requiring hospitalization, according to the report from lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, hired by GM to administer the program. The number of claims found eligible for compensation rose to 121 from 112, according to the report.

Source: Reuters

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Source: Motor Trader




StealthcameraGovernment invest in ‘stealth’ speed cameras

The MailOnline reports the government will spend more on new speed cameras for Britain’s motorway network. The cameras, which are painted grey, making them much harder to spot, have caught nearly 700 drivers in two months on the M25 in Kent. Now, the same technology look set to be introduced on a northern section of the M25 and parts of the M1, M3, M60 and M6. The Highways Agency have confirmed an agreement to install and maintain the equipment at these new locations.

Source: Garage Wire

FordEcscortRepair costs deter motorists

Hundreds of thousands of British motorists are driving around in unsafe or unroadworthy cars because they cannot afford to fix or replace them, according to new research by Car Loan 4U.

Source: bodyshop mag




CarInsuranceCar insurance could rise 10%

The AA says that the cost of car insurance could rise by up to 10% during 2015. UK car insurance premiums rose 0.2 percent Q4 2014, the second consecutive quarterly rise, held up by rising personal injury claims. While government reforms introduced in April 2013 were designed to stop fraudulent and exaggerated claims means insurance premiums did fall, the AA said that claims management companies and law firms have found loopholes around the reforms as lower value ‘cash for crash’ claims have risen in number.

Source: bodyshop mag

FordMondeoCompany car drivers focus on increasing fuel economy

Company car drivers are becoming more likely to drive slower, turn off the air conditioning or avoid heavy acceleration in a bid to reduce their company’s fuel bill, according to research by RAC Business.

The survey, conducted as part of the RAC’s annual Report on Motoring, found that 40% of company car drivers actively changed their driving behaviour to improve their fuel economy, compared to 27% of private vehicle owners.

Source: Fleet News

JaguarLandroverJaguar Land Rover drivers will get a ‘tap on the shoulder’ to warn of cyclists

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new technologies to alert drivers to potential hazards and help prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes.

Sensors on the car will detect when another road user is approaching and identify it as bicycle or motorbike. The technology, Bike Sense, will then make the driver aware of the potential hazard before the driver sees it.

But rather than using a generic warning icon or sound, which takes time for the driver’s brain to process, Bike Sense uses lights and sounds that the driver will instinctively associate with the potential danger.

Source: Fleet News

Posted by Sue Robinson on 23/01/2015