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Fiesta St Carjacking

03 October 2014 - 02:05 PM

Hope it's no-one on here :(


A driver had his brand new Ford Fiesta stolen after a carjacker placed a 'slow' sign in the middle of the road.

The thief pounced early in the morning when Matthew Witts was forced to step out of his car to move the obstruction.

The carjacker ran out of nearby bushes, jumped in the car and hit the accelerator almost running Mr Witts over.




Clarkson Does It Again

02 October 2014 - 08:33 PM

You have to hand it to the guy.  He gets a warning then just goes out and sticks 2 fingers up to Johnny Foreigner again !


This time he has been driving around Argentina filiming for the new Top Gear with a reg plate reading  H982 FKL  (1982 Falklands).    But of course it was pure coincidence!  Yeah right.  :D



New Info On Mondeo Mk5

23 September 2014 - 05:58 PM

The new Mondeo’s engine range will include 148bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesels, while there will also be a twin-turbo version of this unit producing 207bhp.  Ford has revealed there will be a 1.6-litre diesel version, too, wearing the ECOnetic Technology tag, which should emit just 94g/km of CO2.

The three-cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost engine is a first for the class, offering 123bhp and emissions of 119g/km. More powerful petrol options come in the form of a 158bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost and a 2.0-litre EcoBoost producing either 201bhp or 237bhp.

The Hybrid version pairs a 2.0-litre petrol engine with two electric motors; one to drive the wheels and another to provide regenerative charging under deceleration. Ford says the Hybrid will be capable of 99g/km.

The pedestrian detection system works with radar and cameras, which cross-reference images against a database of ‘pedestrian shapes’. If it spots a person in the road, the car will send a warning to the driver and then apply the brakes to help reduce the severity of an impact. 

It works at up to 50mph, first sending an audible and visual warning, then priming the brakes and then if there is still no response, applying them automatically. The system can spot other vehicles, too, and can lessen or completely avoid accidents depending on the situation

Source:  http://www.autoexpre...d#ixzz3EA6o9dpZ

Goodwood Revival Live

14 September 2014 - 10:39 AM

Just like being there :)



Changes To Driving Licence

13 September 2014 - 07:20 PM

From January 2015 the paper part of the driving licence will officially disappear as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) continues its aim to digitise motorists' records.

Last October, the Department for Transport launched a review into how to make the DVLA "deliver better services and save money for the taxpayer".

Stephen Hammond, roads minister, concluded in a report that one of the main reforms would be to "remove the driving licence paper counterpart."

But what does this mean for the 46 million motorists in Britain, particularly for those who only have the paper component of the licence?

The DVLA says you do not need to take any action. The paper licence will continue to be valid - at least until it needs to renewed.

"Those who have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won't affect you, and you should keep your licence.

"The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only."

Those who have the photocard should continue using it, remembering to renew it when necessary ( gov.uk/renew-driving-licence ). Motorists could face a £1,000 fine if they are caught with an invalid licence.

The DVLA confirmed that there would be no charge for changing an old style paper licence to a photocard licence with a change of details.

However, once the motorist has the photocard licence, they will have to pay £20 each time it is renewed (every 10 years). Paper licences do not need to be renewed.

Anyone over the age of 70 will need to renew their licence every three years, updating it with any medical conditions. "If a driver updated their licence with a change of address, name or notified a medical conditions then the updated licence issued will be a photocard licence," the DVLA said.




My advice to anyone who gets points on their licence is to keep a separate record of the date of offence, date of conviction, points and fine.  

You will need these for insurance purposes but may not be able to access the information when needed.    

Eventually, insurers will be able to access the DVLA through your licence number in real time but this may not progress fast enough with all insurers so having the information in advance could help.