Monthly Archives: October 2008

Automotive industry gets European priority

Friday, 31st October, 2008

The current financial crisis has increased the urgency to improve the regulation of the automotive industry, experts claimed at a conference this week at the European Commission. Better regulation of the industry will ultimately reduce unnecessary automotive costs. President of the vehicle manufacturers’ trade association Christian Streiff said: “We welcome the fact that the Read the full article…

Drivers could be ‘priced off the road’

Friday, 31st October, 2008

Driving could become too expensive in the future regardless of reduced oil prices, according to What Car? Matt Sanger, a spokesperson for the UK car buyers guide, said: “People are starting to question whether they need to use the car for simple journeys, whether they should use public transport, ride a bike or even walk.” Read the full article…

GPS ‘jamming’ could prevent stolen motorbike recovery

Thursday, 30th October, 2008

Motorbike insurance customers have been warned that GPS systems may not be enough to help recover stolen vehicles. UK-based stolen vehicle recovery service Tracker has revealed that a new theft technique called jamming is being embraced by criminals across the country. Using this method thieves can block the satellite signal to the GPS receiver making Read the full article…

Government urged to step up road safety measures

Thursday, 30th October, 2008

Car insurance customers could benefit financially from safer roads since a report released today by parliament’s Transport Select Committee urged the government to make the issue a priority. The committee’s report was damning towards the government for failing to adequately address road safety. It recommended that the government implements more 20mph speed limits across the Read the full article…

People ‘feel trapped’ by costs of maintaining cars

Thursday, 30th October, 2008

Around a third of drivers feel trapped into owning a car because of where they live or work, new research has revealed. A survey carried out by You Gov, on behalf of vehicle rental organisation Europcar UK, has highlighted how the credit crunch has affected motor insurance customers’ attitudes towards car ownership. Only eight per Read the full article…

Car owners warned of Halloween and Bonfire Night thefts

Wednesday, 29th October, 2008

Car owners have been advised to exercise extra caution over Halloween and Bonfire Night as research has revealed an annual spike in vehicle damage during this period. Around 52 per cent more claims are made on Halloween than the average day, with Bonfire Night following closely behind with an increase of 50 per cent, according Read the full article…

North Yorkshire speed campaign nabs van drivers

Wednesday, 29th October, 2008

A North Yorkshire road safety campaign caught five speeding van drivers in one day, it has emerged. Operation Siren, which was carried out last Thursday, targeted motorists travelling at more than 60mph on the A165 Reighton bypass, the Scarborough Evening News reported. The operation’s coordinator Detective Constable Dave Burlingham said he hopes this news Read the full article…

Handbags stolen by smashing passenger seat windows

Tuesday, 28th October, 2008

Female car insurance customers in north Manchester have been warned to conceal their handbags in their vehicles following a recent string of thefts. A number of women have had their passenger side windows smashed and their bags stolen by cyclists when they stop at traffic lights. The offenders are believed to be between 17 Read the full article…

West Yorkshire police combat Hanoi burglaries

Monday, 27th October, 2008

Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is to tackle Hanoi-style burglaries on a Drighlington estate by visiting houses to give out security advice. The NPT will hand out crime prevention packs to the 40 homes on Buttercup Way. Each pack will include window and door security upgrades, property marking equipment and a £15 discount voucher Read the full article…