Author Archives: Georgia Pethick

MOT tests remain at three years

The government has announced that the first MOT test will remain at three years after a new car has been purchased. There were proposals to put it back to four years, but they have now been scrapped. Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said, ‘Following on from our determined lobbying efforts, the National Franchised Dealers Association […]

RHA ‘astonished’ by Calais investments

The government’s decision to invest £44.5m to improve security measures in Calais has been roundly criticised by the Road Haulage Association, which says more money won’t solve the problem or provide greater security for HGV drivers. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said, ‘We estimate that over £100m has already been spent on improving security at the port. Today we learn […]

Travel chaos as storms ravage UK

Motorists are still facing hazardous driving conditions as storms continue to ravage the UK. Snow, ice and gale-force winds have caused widespread disruption, with a number of road closures in place. Damage to overhead electric wires and fallen trees has also forced a number of road closures. The BBC reports that 13,000 homes in Essex are without power, while police […]

Uber drivers forced to pull over

Uber is insisting UK drivers take a six-hour break after 10 hours of taking bookings. To enforce this policy, it will prevent drivers from logging onto its app during these six-hour rest periods. Andrew Byrne, Uber’s head of policy in the UK and Ireland, said, ‘While drivers only spend an average of 30 hours a week logged into our app, […]

Tootle secures seven-figure investment

Tootle has announced a seven-figure investment from Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund, striking an airtime-for-equity arrangement with the car-selling platform. As part of the investment, Tootle will be able to launch the television advertising campaign in return for the broadcaster taking a minority equity stake. The news comes after Tootle recently closed a Series A £2.5m investment round led by […]

Lookers Mercedes-Benz takes award

Lookers Mercedes-Benz Kent has been named Mercedes-Benz Retailer of the Year 2017. Lookers Mercedes-Benz Kent, which operates from dealerships in Maidstone, Tonbridge, Ashford and Canterbury, saw an increase of 14.4% in the sale of new cars in 2017, with similar double digit growth in the sale of used cars. The judges were also impressed by an eight per cent growth […]

Sytner acquires The Car People

Car supermarket – The Car People has been acquired by the Sytner Group, one of the UK’s leading dealer groups. The acquisition of The Car People enables Sytner to accelerate the expansion of its used car supermarket division and to further diversify its business into this growing sector of the market. The investment reinforces its commitment to significantly grow used […]

Sportage fastest to sell

The 2015 Kia Sportage has been named the fastest selling used car of 2017 by data from Auto Trader. On average, it took just 24 days for the 2015 Kia Sportage to sell. This is the second consecutive year the Sportage has topped the list, with the 2014 model taking the top spot in 2016. Kia marked the end of […]

DIY drivers on the decrease

New research has revealed that two thirds of UK drivers have never attempted to repair their own vehicles. ClickMechanic has found that 64% of motorists have not tried their hand at car repairs and of those who have, one third of the work is regretted with the driver wishing they had hired an expert instead. This apparent lack of confidence […]

Investment critical for 2018

A leading automotive recruitment company has called for greater investment in training to bridge the skills gap, warning that 2018 could be a critical year for the industry. Autotech Recruit says demand for skilled technicians is increasing, but the pool of fully proficient candidates is decreasing. MD Gavin White said, ‘In 2016 pockets of the country were feeling the pinch […]

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