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Fuel duty action could hand economy £3.6 billion.

17 February 2012

...... lifeline, says FTA

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All-new Combo introduced by Vauxhall

16 February 2012

See our "Reviews" section for a complete analysis

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Scale of rock attacks on motorists revealed

16 February 2012

Hundreds of motorists are being attacked every year by missile-throwing yobs. There were 395 incidents of rocks, stones or other objects being hurled at vehicles last year among the 10 police forces who responded to a Freedom of Information request by Autoglass.
 
This works out at an average of 39 per constabulary – or more than 1,670 incidents across the 43 force areas in England and Wales.  Many forces declined to give details of missile attacks on motorists on cost grounds but a quarter did. The reports from Lancashire (125 incidents), Northumbria (64), Nottinghamshire (64), Derbyshire (51), Essex (33), Suffolk (28), Avon and Somerset (12), Gloucestershire (12), Cambridgeshire (four) and City of London (two) gave some insight into the scale of the problem. Of those, the Suffolk constabulary said there had been 15 reported incidents of objects being thrown from bridges alone.
 
The problem was even worse in 2010 when the nine forces recorded 457 such attacks on motorists and moving vehicles.
 
Matthew Mycock, managing director of Autoglass, said: “It is horrendous that so many thugs are prepared to risk the lives of so many by targeting moving vehicles for fun.  The alarming thing is that our findings are just the tip of the iceberg because they relate only the reported incidents and there must be many more cases where drivers don’t bother to alert the authorities.
 
“We know from the experience of our own technicians that missile attacks are a growing problem and a recent Autoglass survey found that a quarter of motorists have had their vehicles hit by a missile of some sort in the last five years.  We would advise victims and witnesses to always accurately record these incidents and report them to the police to help eradicate such reckless behaviour and to save innocent UK road users from death or injury.”
 
Autoglass made the Freedom of Information request after two attacks on the A12 in December.  In one, Carol Manley, 57, suffered fractures to her face and ribs, and internal injuries after a lump of concrete was dropped on her vehicle from a bridge. Another motorist, Lisa Horne, 26, escaped unharmed when a rock the size of a football smashed through her windscreen.

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Vauxhall Ampera reports for duty

16 February 2012

Vauxhall has won a competition run by the Association of Chief Police Officers Intelligent Transport Systems (ACPO ITS) to demonstrate an electric vehicle that uses cutting-edge crime-fighting technology that could be introduced into active Police service by 2015.
 
Vauxhall showcased the ground-breaking Ampera in Police livery featuring the very latest policing equipment on the Home Office’s Centre of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) stand at the Police & Security Conference in January 2012, held in Farnborough.
 
The Vauxhall Ampera, which is on the shortlist for both World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year, is equipped with a range of high-tech kit to help Police officers fight crime, including:
 •Four external-mounted cameras for evidence gathering
•Internal camera for facial recognition linked to the Police National Database
•The standard Ampera display screen modified to provide all information currently available to Police officers, for example Automatic Number Plate Recognition
•A second screen mounted on the passenger sun visor to allow the passenger to access all Police information
•New Police software that has been loaded with previous incidents and historic data that is run through complex algorithms to predict potential crime hotspots
 
The Under Secretary of State for Crime and Security, James Brokenshire, was given an in-depth demonstration of the crime-fighting technology on the Ampera by Jim Hammond, Chief Superintendent, ACPO ITS.
 
Dick Ellam, Vauxhall Special Vehicles Manager said: "We are delighted to have won the ACPO ITS competition and are excited to have displayed the fittingly ground-breaking Ampera featuring this array of cutting-edge equipment."

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Campaigners call for Treasury rethink 50 days ....

16 February 2012

.......from “death” of UK biodiesel industry

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