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No change for petrol and diesel Advisory Fuel Rate

27 November 2012

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published new Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) with no change to either petrol or diesel rates.
 
The rates, which organisations use to repay drivers for fuel used on business mileage, take effect from Saturday (December 1) and are reviewed quarterly.
 
There is a 1p per mile increase for LPG cars across the different engine variants.
 
New rates in bold, previous rates in brackets.
 
Petrol
1400cc or less 15p (15p)
 1401cc to 2000cc 18p (18p)
 Over 2000cc 26p (26p)
 
Diesel
 1600cc or less 12p (12p)
 1601cc to 2000cc 15p (15p)
 Over 2000cc 18p (18p)
 
LPG
 1400cc or less 11p (10p)
 1401cc to 2000cc 13p (12p)
 Over 2000cc 18p (17p)

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Crucial road improvements to be made twice as fast

27 November 2012

Motorists and hauliers will benefit from increased capacity on England's motorways by spring 2015 thanks to the acceleration of three upgrades, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced. 

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‘Crash for Cash’ fraud costs UK motorists £392M

27 November 2012

‘Crash for Cash’ fraudsters are “gambling with the lives of UK motorists” and costing honest policyholders nearly £400 million every year, according to a new report published today by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).
 
Established to clamp down on Crash for Cash’ scams, the IFB links one in seven personal injury claims (69,500) to organised fraud in its new report, ‘Crash for Cash – putting the brakes on fraud’. The report urges members of the public to blow the whistle on ‘Crash for Cash’ fraudsters by calling the Cheatline – powered by Crimestoppers – anonymously, on 0800 422 0421.
 
David Neave, chairman of the IFB, said: “Fraudsters don’t just scam the insurance industry; they pick the pocket of every honest policyholder whose premiums increase to cover the costs of fraud. But in ‘Crash for Cash’, insurance fraud poses even starker risks to society. Fraudsters motivated by greed are gambling with the lives of innocent motorists by deliberately causing crashes up and down the country.  Criminal gangs organising multi-million pound ‘Crash for Cash’ scams are also using the profits of their fraud to fund other crimes plaguing our society, including illegal firearms, drug dealing and people trafficking. Far from being a victimless crime, insurance fraud is serious and something we all need to be wary of.”
 
The IFB is currently coordinating 40 live police operations across the UK, investigating and dismantling criminal gangs organising ‘Crash for Cash’ scams worth £66.6 million in potential loses to insurers.
 
DCI Dave Wood, head of the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) – a dedicated police unit tackling insurance fraudsters across the UK – said: “‘Crash for Cash’ is a crime this country can ill-afford, putting innocent drivers at risk on our roads and leaving honest policyholders out of pocket.  IFED’s first year in operation has found that although methods can vary, the objective remains the same, with organised crime groups stopping at nothing in their attempts to con insurers out of tens of thousands of pounds per incident.  The IFB’s report sheds light on the murky world of ‘Crash for Cash’, spelling out the clear threats it continues to pose to the public and assisting the work IFED are doing to bring those responsible to justice.”
 
Craig Budsworth, chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) said: “The Insurance Fraud Bureau report makes astonishing reading and confirms exactly what we have suspected for some time - that organised criminal gangs are responsible for 1 in 7 personal injury claims relating to motor accidents".  According to a recent report, injury claims came down nearly 25,000 last year and this could be nearly tripled by stamping out fraud.  The report also confirms that the vast majority of whiplash claims are legitimate and any future action to combat fraud by the Ministry of Justice must protect these accident victims.

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Skoda revolution removes the bling

27 November 2012

Four years ago Skoda decided to “change its cars completely” in terms of design and technology.
 
Two years later, the Czech brand produced the Vision D concept at the Geneva Motor Show which according to Skoda design co-ordinator Peter Olah was “a bible of Skoda design”.  Speaking at the launch of the new Skoda Rapid, a model that sits below the Octavia, Olah says that Vision D demonstrated where all new Skodas would go, embracing “clever engineering with a human touch”.
 
According to Olah Skoda’s slogan of ‘simply clever’ is not just a marketing claim, it means trying to bring clever solutions and understandable technology to the cars.  “One of the best examples of this is the little hook in the trunk to hold your shopping – it costs almost nothing but really changes your life. This is what we call the human touch.”
 
This theme continues with the Rapid which includes such touches as a combined ice scraper and magnifier concealed inside the fuel filler cap.  Owners can remove snow and ice from the windows and around the door before getting into the car. And that means there will be snow falling onto the seats when the door is opened.
 
The first clues to Skoda’s new look arrived in the summer with the Citigo city car, boasting a new, bolder Skoda logo.  Rapid continues the theme. “We want to make our cars as clean as possible and get rid of unnecessary lines – customers have had enough of shiny, bling bling stuff,” Olah says.

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BMW’s roll-out of DAB radio as standard will .....

27 November 2012

...... prompt all carmakers to follow, says CAP

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