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Judge attacks car insurer's repair costs

Posted on by Matt Topham

A judge has strongly criticised the way a major motor insurer recovers the costs of repairing vehicles.

Judge Platt says Royal and Sun Alliance has used a subsidiary which inflates charges simply to boost profits. He found the subsidiary increased labour costs without carrying out any work itself and made other charges it could not account for. RSA Insurance said it strongly refutes any suggestion that it has acted inappropriately.

Judge Platt says the hourly rate for the repairs was increased from £36 to £39.50 an hour without explanation. £118 was added for a road test, cleaning and an environmental charge which was not on the original bill. £110 added for taking the car to the garage and back when it was drivable and the owner lived nearby.

BMW 3 Series saloon production to end in October

Posted on by Matt Topham

Production of the current 3 Series Saloon will be ending in week 43 (17th-21st October). There is still some stock available but this will be handled by BMW on a first come first served basis. If you have any requirements for the 3 Series please contact your Area Manager as soon as possible as the replacement model isn't expected until the New Year. Details of the replacement model are yet to be officially announced but rumours suggest that the S, SE and M Sport names will be replaced by Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line.

Mini E gets the thumbs up from Fleets

Posted on by Matt Topham

Fleet bosses and drivers back EVs in Mini trial.

Fleets and company car drivers who took part in BMW Group’s Government-supported research into the day-to-day running of electric cars have given the Mini E the thumbs up.

The manufacturer says that understanding how electric cars are driven in the real world has taken an important step forward with the release of data from the UK Mini E field trial, which involved 62 members of the public and 76 pool users running the battery-powered hatchbacks over two six-month periods.

Headline data from the trial revealed that more than 250,000 miles were driven on UK roads, the average cost to charge the cars was less than 2p per mile, virtually all recharging was carried out at home and the average daily distance driven was 29.7 miles.

Fleet use was a big part of the trial with organisations in the UK and in Europe reporting positive feedback from both individual drivers and also fleet managers monitoring the Mini E’s use as a pool car.

Government urges businesses to travel differently during London 2012

Posted on by Matt Topham

Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged commuters and businesses in London to think differently about how they travel during the Olympic Games as he marked a year to go to what is likely to be one of the busiest days on the transport network.

Modelling by Games organisers predict that August 3, 2012 will see an extra three million trips made on top of the 12 million trips on public transport being made on an average London workday. This is due to it being the first day for track and field, and with events at larger capacity venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Horse Guards Parade and the Aquatics Centre the number of spectators are likely to peak.

100 towns to get electric vehicle recharging points

Posted on by Matt Topham

A total of 4,000 electric charging points are to be provided in approximately 100 towns across the UK in the roll-out of the country’s first privately funded network.

The electric vehicle charging network is called Polar and will be launched in September by British company Chargemaster, one of the leading providers of charging infrastructure in Europe.

The 4,000-strong recharging bay network is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. In each of the 100 towns and cities, Polar will operate around 40 publicly available charging bays.

Chargemaster says that will provide a core strategic nationwide infrastructure enabling electric cars to be bought and used in many towns that previously were not practically equipped for electric cars.

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