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Using phones in cars more reckless than drink-driving according to a study of drivers aged 17 to 24, conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory, showed that motorists’ reactions were 26.5 per cent slower when speaking on a hands-free mobile, and 37 per cent slower when texting and driving. The fine for using a mobile phone on the wheel could be increased after the study’s revelations.

The Daily Mail

Highway code for driverless cars on roads New highway laws are being drawn up to allow self-driving vehicles to take the roads. Science minister David Willetts says he is in talks with the Department for Transport about rewriting the law to allow cars without anyone in the driving seat. Last month Google unveiled its computerised ‘hands-free’ self driving bubble car and plans to have a prototype ready to test later this summer.

Fleet News

Traffic disruption likely from taxi protest on Wednesday – Drivers in London are being warned of likely traffic disruption from a protest by taxi drivers on Wednesday, June 11. The protest is due to start at Trafalgar Square at 2pm and end before the evening peak.

BBC News

Government ‘names and shames’ minimum wage underpayers – A list of 25 employers who failed to pay workers the minimum wage has been released by the government. They are the latest offenders to be “named and shamed” under rules that came into effect last October. Between them they owe more than £43,000 to staff and have been ordered to pay fines totalling more than £21,000. Business minister Jenny Willott said: “If employers break the law they need to know they will face tough consequences.”

Manufacturers confident on growth for 2014, says EEF – More UK manufacturers are more confident about growth prospects over the next three months than at any time since the financial crisis, according to their industry body, the EEF. Its survey of 275 firms, done during April and May, found a balance of 34% of manufacturers expected their output growth to improve in the next quarter. This is the highest level since the third quarter of 2007. Manufacturers now expect 3.6% growth in 2014, up from 2.7% three months ago.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 13/06/2014