Speed camera data ‘must be published in full’

The Association of British Drivers has welcomed the news that camera partnerships will be forced to publish speed camera data but implores the government to insist upon full and accurate data. ABD Chairman Brian Gregory explains: “The ABD have years of experience attempting to get raw data out of elusive partnerships without success. Any data grudgingly released is invariably missing vital information or spun in a misleading fashion. This cannot continue” The ABD calls for all camera partnerships to be forced to reveal the following: Full details of casualty & accident data per billion vehicle kilometres at each camera site 5 years either side of installation. This should include accident & casualty dates, exact speeds of vehicles involved, directions of travel and distance from camera location. Effects separated into ‘fatal’;’serious injuries’ and ‘non serious injuries’ (not misleading ‘KSI’) Causal factors in the accidents (drunk, drugged, unlicensed ,stolen vehicle etc). Other changes to immediate road layout and significant area changes during the ten year period. Brian Gregory continues: “Only when armed with the full information can the public see exactly what effect an individual camera has had. Of course, the raw data will also need to be ‘trend adjusted’ i.e. casualties will have fallen everywhere over any recent ten year period due to huge advances in vehicle...

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Jersey chauffeur gets 15 seconds of fame

A Jersey chauffeur company is celebrating its TV debut after being chosen to transport candidates from the BBC’s The Apprentice show. Signature Executive Transport which is less than two years old, was featured in the recent show when the winning team were awarded with a Michelin-starred lunch at the Atlantic Hotel for winning their task. Proprietor Alan Blanchet told thechauffeur.com; “I had great pleasure in looking after the candidates requirements and showing them what Jersey has to offer. Although, because of confidentiality, I didn’t even know what the job was all about even at the time.” Signature Executive...

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Audi reveals benefit to chauffeur programme

Audi has announced it is to give chauffeurs an extra bonus when choosing an A6, Q7 or A8 model with its exclusive programme. Just weeks before the A8 long-wheelbase hits the UK market, the manufacturer has recognised the importance of continuing to operate when an accident occurs by including fault and non-fault cover.  Vehicles leased under the 2011 Audi Chauffeur Programme will automatically be covered for one year by Greenlight Absolute, provided by leading legal expenses insurer, Proximo. Greenlight Absolute provides the chauffeur with either a replacement vehicle or cash payment following a fault or non-fault accident, adding to a range of sector specific benefits offering legal protection when you need it. The cover can be renewed for years two and three of the lease if required. Absolute cover provides the chauffeur with either a replacement working vehicle or cash payment following a fault or non-fault accident, to add to a range of sector specific benefits offering legal protection just when you need it most. Other benefits with Greenlight Absolute include  Local Authority licence protection, motor prosecution legal defence, tax investigation cover and recovery of uninsured losses. A8L will be available to the chauffeur industry for £675.00 per month based on 20,000 miles per year and including free tyre replacements and a licensed replacement vehicle anywhere in the country if a driver’s car is off the road. Visit www.proximo.co.uk/greenlightabsolute.html for more information or more on the Audi Chauffeur Programme, visit...

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Saab announces upgrades for 9-5

Saab GB is pleased to announce a number of specification upgrades for the new 9-5 Vector SE models with immediate effect. All MY11 Saab 9-5 Vector SE models are now fitted with leather trimmed seats as standard, replacing the previous leather and textile interior trim.  In addition, the 17 inch Blade alloy wheels are replaced with 18 inch Carve alloy wheels, improving the aesthetic appeal of the car.  Prices remain unchanged. Saab GB has also made an important change to the chassis configuration for all 2.0-litre TiD 160PS models equipped with manual transmission.  The previous sport chassis fitted as standard has now been replaced with a revised comfort chassis specification.  This chassis change in combination with the change to 18″ alloy wheels improves the overall dynamic behaviour of the vehicle. Jonathan Nash, Saab GB Managing Director, said: “These improvements are the result of feedback from the UK automotive media.  The improved driving characteristics address issues related to ride comfort on UK roads.  The fact that the engineering team have managed to make the changes without affecting the impressive CO2 emissions of just 139g/km for the manual 2.0-litre TiD 160PS car show that the small independent Saab engineering team can respond very quickly to market requirements.  Coming so soon after the launch of the MY11 9-3 1.9-litre TTiD engine range (all manual saloons emit just 119g/km) shows that Saab are rapidly developing a leadership position in the field of high performance vehicles with low CO2...

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Skoda celebrates top TV award

Škoda UK is celebrating a Superb ending to 2010 as the brand’s flagship model was named Family Car of the Year by Channel 5’s hit show Fifth Gear. “Right at the beginning of the year, I crowned this the greatest estate ever – and I stand by that even now. The mixture of space, speed, refinement, value, economy, comfort – it’s a beaut,” said Fifth Gear presenter, Jonny Smith. “Honestly, if you’re a dad and you need a car to carry all the flotsam and jetsam that comes with it, this is thecar you need. It’s faultless. I love it.” This latest accolade represents the 20th awarded for Škoda UK this year, with the Octavia, Yeti, Superb and Superb Estate racking up a raft of product awards across a wide range of publications and organisations. The Superb alone has this year won two Auto Express gongs, for Best Family and Best Estate Car; Best Large Car and Best Estate Car from Diesel Car; The Caravan Club’s class winner and Towcar of the Year; and Fleet News’ Best Upper-Medium Car to name but a few. The Superb Estate was also named Top Gear’s Luxury Car of the Year 2009.Meanwhile, the brand was named Which? Manufacturer of the Year and given the What Car? Reader Award for Best Manufacturer 2010. Škoda also recently came top in the Auto Express Driver Power Survey, while the brand was yet again ranked in the top 10 manufactures of the J D Power Customer Satisfaction Survey for the 17th consecutive year. These accolades are reflected by record sales, with more than 39,000 sold in the UK so far this year, increasing overall market share to over...

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Operator denied return of Excursion limousines

It’s  been reported two limousines seized by VOSA in September will not be returned to the owner. A recent public enquiry apparently heard how owner Daniel Rosemeyer from The Full Stretch in Wales was operating vehicles which were not licensed under a PSV, the local authority or VOSA. They were seized following an inspection which highlighted various  faults, and on another occasion, an apparent trap by enforcement officers which meant his second vehicle was also seized due to not meeting COIF regulations and carrying more than eight passengers. The Full Stretch has been operating since 2003 and grew dramatically during the limo hire peak in 2008 to own six limousines including a GMC, Yukon, Chrysler and Hummer H3 – but now, Mr Rosemeyer says there is no licence available to suit his business as a whole. Daniel Rosemeyer told thechauffeur.com in September; “The whole situation is totally unacceptable. When I registered my vehicles in 2005, the government was happy to take my import duty and VAT, but now I am left with a fleet of vehicles which cannot be brought up to their standards – two of which are sitting at the pound.” He added; “I am completely happy to bring the Excursions to the standards required under the guidance of VOSA. I will get them through the COIF processes, but even then, I fear I will not be operating legally in their eyes, so it is a catch twenty two situation. Welsh Deputy Traffic Commissioner, Sarah Bell refused to return the limousines to Mr Rosemeyer in the hearing. The company has until Christmas to...

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