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Additional Labour Shadow appointments (14 Jan 16)
Parliamentary Q & A’s
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
House of Commons – Written Answers – Department for Transport
Answered on: Tuesday 12 January 2016
Stewart Malcolm McDonald: What information he holds on how many Volkswagen vehicles have been re-tested for emissions since September 2015. 
The Department has retested three of the VW Group vehicles for which the UK provided type approval. These tests have confirmed that the extended test programme announced by the Secretary of State on 10 November can identify defeat device strategies. The testing of vehicles is underway and a report of the findings will be published in the spring.
Low carbon technology in the auto sector receives £75 million funding
Press release – HM Government – BIS
Advanced Propulsion Centre reveals funding for latest 5 projects into low carbon research and development (R&D).
Business Secretary Sajid Javid visits Morgan Motor Company which will develop high-performance, low carbon, hybrid and electric sports car powertrains.
Projects valued at £75 million funded by government and industry set to create high-skilled jobs.
Five new innovative projects to develop new low carbon and energy efficient technology in the automotive sector have been awarded £75 million of joint government and industry funding to boost jobs and growth in the sector, Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced today (15 January 2016) on a visit to the Morgan Motor Company.
“This is just not good enough for VW customers”- Which? response to VW compensation announcement
Press release – UK Stakeholder – Which? (14 Jan 16)
Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:
“Volkswagen customers will be angry at this news and simply will not understand why US consumers are getting a goodwill payment and they’re not.
“This is just not good enough for VW customers, when nine out of ten told us they thought those impacted by the scandal should receive compensation.
“British consumers deserve to be treated fairly. We urge Volkswagen to reconsider its position, and we want assurances from the Government that it will introduce measures to prevent a scandal like this happening again.”
ABI comments on Northern Ireland Road Traffic Amendment Bill
ABI’s response to the new measures passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly to improve road safety through the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill.
This includes drink driving laws, night restrictions on young drivers carrying passengers and a mandatory minimum period for learning to drive before taking the test.
Ben Howarth, ABI Policy Motor Policy Adviser comments:
“This package of measures in Northern Ireland is a sensible move to better equip young drivers to handle the dangers of driving. Tough action and meaningful reform is needed across the UK to reduce the number of crashes involving young people, which is the single biggest cause of accidental death among this age group. A car is a potentially lethal weapon so it is vital that young people have the time to gain skills and a variety of different driving experiences when learning.”
RAC comment on $10/barrel oil prediction
Press release – UK Stakeholder – RAC (13 Jan 16)
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “This latest prediction of oil hitting just $10 a barrel would have the potential to take petrol prices down to around 86p per litre – the last time we saw average prices this low was in early 2009. However, for prices to get this low the pound would have to get no weaker against the dollar than it is today.
“As global oil prices continue to slide, they expose just how much British motorists are paying purely in tax at the pumps. It is worth remembering that even if oil was almost given away, motorists would still be paying fuel duty and VAT. At $10 a barrel, tax would account for around 84% of the total price per litre – a clear indication of just how high a proportion of every litre we buy goes straight to the Treasury.”