Posts Tagged ‘motoring’

Driver fined for eating a banana

June 29th, 2015 5 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sad bananas 300x201 Driver fined for eating a bananaMost drivers are pretty aware of what they’re doing, hence the reason why you can go for entire months without seeing a bad crash. Drivers, contrary to popular belief, are not stupid because crashing your car is a) Expensive and b) Might mangle you up.

So with that, one driver was stuck in a traffic jam and thought they’d have a bite of a banana. Sounds innocent enough? Well, she was astonished to find that a policeman in an unmarked car was pulling her over and doling out a fine of £100.

Elsa Harris from Dorset said the banana was already half-peeled before she set off to work, and thought she’d have a bite while her car was stationary. The police pulled her over and then accused of momentarily not being in control of her vehicle and was given a fine and the option of three penalty points or paying for a driver awareness course.

She said: “I was dumbfounded. I was horrified that he gave me a ticket – it’s the most expensive banana I’ve ever had in my life. I had already peeled it and started driving. Then when I stopped at a roundabout I pulled down a little bit of banana skin momentarily and carried on eating and driving. Unbeknown to me, there was an unmarked police car that followed me all the way down the dual carriageway and then pulled in front of me and slammed its brakes on. It caused confusion with other drivers and people were beeping.”

“I wondered what on earth was going on and wondered if it was something coming along and he was warning me. When the officer got out he was really angry from the offset, but I was still completely unaware I had done anything wrong. The officer said I was driving without my hands on the wheel and that I was a danger to other drivers.”

“I couldn’t believe it. He put me in the back of his car like a criminal and told me what a danger I was. He gave me a docket and fined me £100 and treated me in a very dismissive and rude fashion. Understandably, it is illegal to take both hands off the wheel but I don’t think I was a danger to anybody. I have never been in trouble with the police before and a warning should have sufficed.”

“You get drink drivers, people texting and eating while they speed along. Surely, me eating a banana in a traffic jam is not that important.”

 

People who are able bodied shouldn’t park in bays set aside for disabled people. You might think you should be able to, but you shouldn’t. Why? You’ve had enough, you bloated swine.

In Brazil, someone found themselves on the end of a grand prank, after they’d parked in such a spot.

The person in question came back to his car to find it covered in stickers, to make the whole vehicle look like a blue disabilities logo. The front, top, sides and even wheels were covered.

As you can see from the video, not only did the driver suffer the defacement of his car, but also, a watching and sarcastically cheering crowd too. He sped off and everyone laughed at him.

Not only that, the driver in question got himself a ticket too.

Now, we hand you over to all those people who have missed the fun of a prank like this, for them to complain about vandalism and littering or something.

Another death thanks to recalled airbags

June 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Screen Shot 2015 05 13 at 11.27.36 300x254 Another death thanks to recalled airbagsThe airbag recall has been huge, and if you haven’t sorted yours out yet, you really should as it has been reported that a woman who died in a crash in LA was confirmed as the eighth person to be killed by air bags made by Takata Corp.

Jewel Brangman was 26 when she died from her injuries, resulting from the air bag in her rented 2001 Honda Civic, which inflated with too much force, and showered her with metal shrapnel. Both Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that the air bag was the cause of her death.

In this instance, Honda said that they’d originally recalled the vehicle in 2009, but it was not repaired despite the company sending four notices to the owners. This is all part of the largest recall in automotive history, with 33.8 million vehicles being recalled in the US alone.

Brangman’s father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, Takata and the Sunset Car Rental LLC of San Diego, alleging that the air bag cut his daughter’s neck and caused a severe brain injury.

Check to see if your car has been recalled

Middle lane hoggers – now getting fined!

June 22nd, 2015 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

old driver car Middle lane hoggers   now getting fined!A van driver has been fined almost £1,000 and slapped with five penalty points, becoming the first person in the country to be convicted in court of being a hogger of a motorway’s middle lane.

The driver in question, was stopped by West Yorkshire police, was nicked after persistently driving in the central lane and not budging on the busy M62. The police said that a number of drivers had to brake and swerve to overtake.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court noted that the driver had a lot of opportunities to get into the inside lane, but didn’t. As an aside, the driver didn’t turn up to court, was fined £500 in absence and has to pay £400 in costs with a £40 victim surcharge.

This is thought to be the first time someone’s been done for lane hogging, since the law was changed in 2013.

PC Nigel Fawcett-Jones from the Road Policing Unit of West Yorkshire said of people not budging from the central lane: “It reduces the capacity of roads and motorways, and can lead to dangerous situations where other drivers ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front to try and get the lane hogger to move over.”

“Members of the public regularly tell the Road Policing Unit that lane hogging and tailgating are real problems on our roads and this conviction shows that the police and the courts understand the public’s concerns and take this offence seriously.”

So there you go. You’ve been warned. Or, indeed, you’re someone who hates this driving behaviour, so replace the warning for punching the air.

Behold the Samsung giant screen safety truck!

June 17th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Lorries can be a bit of a menace, thanks to the sheer bloody size of them. So, with that, Samsung have been tinkering with their large fleet of trucks, and they’re using very fancy technology to try and make them safer.

When you’re trying to pass a truck, if can be very difficult to tell if another vehicle is coming until you start your manoeuvre. That is, until you come into the back of a special Samsung lorry with magic screens on it.

We’ll let this video explain.

Samsung call this fleet ‘The Safety Truck’ and they have wireless cameras on the front bumper that stream images from the front of the truck to screens mounted on the back doors.

The cameras even have a night vision mode, so you can see it all in the dark, which is pretty nifty and a decent move on Samsung’s part. We’d like to see more trucks operating a system like this.

And, if you stick your mobile in front of it, and stick YouTube on, you get a free outdoor cinema when all the truckers are doing an overnighter in some job centre car park!

halfords logo comp 300x175 Halfords Autocentre fined £47,000 after uncover investigationAn undercover operation found that a Halfords Autocentre failed to fix 11 out of 20 defects that had been deliberately left by Trading Standards.

The watchdog sent an illegal Vauxhall Astra with broken and missing light bulbs, irregular tyre pressures, oil leaks and faulty windscreen wipers to the centre in Filton, Bristol. The car was supposed to get a major service, which should’ve cost £235.

Investigators soon found that something was amiss, and told North Avon Magistrates’ Court: “It became obvious that not all the checks were done. Things were ticked as having been done that had not been and the consumer was not made aware (of the defects).”

“This is a national company. A consumer puts a lot of trust and faith in a national firm to do a proper job to ensure a car service is conducted thoroughly and professionally and in these circumstances it was not.”

This won’t allay some of the fears that many drivers have, that they’re being ripped off when it comes to getting their cars fixed or given the once over. This uncover sting came about after the number of complaints about the car industry in the area, were rather high.

Halfords pleaded guilty to eight counts of breaching consumer protection laws and the mechanic who carried out the service, has since resigned. Magistrates fined the company £32,000, ordered them to pay £14,862.04 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

car in flood Euro Car Parks forced to scrap £20,000 of finesParking your car is treacherous at the best of times, so it is always nice to see someone who dishes out parking fines get it in the neck.

We’ve spoken about the 10 minutes of grace drivers will be getting with their tickets, and the potential for millions of pounds worth of fines to be repaid for being illegal – now, we’re seeing Euro Car Parks getting slapped around!

The parking firm has been forced to ditch £20,000 worth of fines because they doled them out illegally at a supermarket. At the Sainsbury’s in Aberdeen, 300 penalties were dished out after drivers were told that they’d breached parking rules.

However, a trading standards investigation found that a lot of the drivers had parked on land which isn’t owned by Sainsbury’s. Did that stop these asshats from chasing up fines? No chance. Not only that, paperwork sent to motorists by the London-based company also referenced legislation which doesn’t exist in Scotland, because the law is different between the two countries.

With that, Euro Car Parks has had to accept all this and promised to refund 64 paid parking charges worth £2,830 and cancel 246 outstanding ones that are worth £17,220.

Aberdeenshire Council’s trading standards department, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to remind all consumers of their rights in relation to parking on private land operated by private parking companies and the subsequent issuing of parking charge notices.”

“Full information can be found on our website – it is important to note this advice only applies in the case of private car parks and not to parking tickets issued by local authorities or the police.”

The information they refer to can be found here.

Screen Shot 2015 05 20 at 14.52.41 300x296 Takata makes changes linked to air bag deathsTakata, the people behind the air bag problem which saw tens of millions of cars being recalled, and linked to a number of deaths, are going to make some changes to the way they do things in a bid to restore confidence in their products.

They are going to replace a volatile chemical which was used in their air bag inflators, which will see an end – hopefully – of air bags inflating too forcibly, which sends shrapnel careering through cars.

Company executive Kevin Kennedy confirmed that they plan to end the use of ammonium nitrate as a propellant, saying: “We are working with our automaker partners to transition to newer versions of driver inflators in our replacement kits, or inflators made by other suppliers that do not contain ammonium nitrate propellant.”

Cars that were recalled, globally, included Ford, Subaru, Honda, BMW, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota. In America, the most recent recalls regarded General Motors pickup trucks.

If you’re still concerned about your vehicle, you can check to see whether there’s a recall for it, by clicking here

Kiddu car seat removed from sale

May 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Screen Shot 2015 05 27 at 10.04.50 202x300 Kiddu car seat removed from saleYou will have seen our report on the Kiddu Lane 123 children’s car seat yesterday, where a large safety concern was highlighted. A lot of you were worried and angry by it, even if Kiddu weren’t – they initially said they’d send us a report, and then decided that they couldn’t be bothered.

Well, the baby seat has now been removed from sale by Tesco and Asda, and Kiddu themselves have finally decided to pull the seat and have sent it off for independent testing, according to The Mirror.

Asda said: “We have removed this car seat from sale as a precautionary measure while our supplier conducts their investigation.” Tesco added: “We are investigating the concerns raised with Kiddu as a matter of urgency and have removed the product from sale as a precautionary measure.”

Kiddu finally spoke about the item and said: “Product safety is our top priority and we are taking this matter very seriously.”

“We have already conducted our own tests on our car seat buckles, which have indicated no fault to date. However, we have also requested that independent tests are carried out by the premier UK test authority as a matter of urgency.”

“In the meantime, we have made the decision to temporarily withdraw the Kiddu Lane car seat from sale until the tests are complete.”

“We would like to reassure families with a Kiddu Lane car seat that the seat has been subjected to rigorous testing and has been approved to the current European Child Safety Standard ECE R 44/04 and by the Vehicle Certification Authority (VCA) in the UK.”

“However, should anyone feel concerned they can call our dedicated helpline on 0161-702-5061.”

If you missed the video from the initial report, here it is.

Screen Shot 2015 05 27 at 10.04.50 202x300 PARENTS. Got a Kiddu Lane 123 car seat? There could be a huge safety concern. Read on...If you’ve got a Kiddu Lane 123 car seat you might want to get it out of the car and perform a little test on it. There is a video doing the rounds on Facebook (link below) demonstrating that a sharp yank can put the straps straight from the buckle without need for the release to be pressed.

Whilst a young child might not be capable of mustering the strength to pull this out on their own, performing an emergency break will certainly test its capability of staying in place. Alarmingly, that is supposedly what happened to the young child in the seat. The post reads:

Three weeks ago this car seat was returned to Tescos after the Car seat buckle failed on its first use. The store manager and her staff all demonstrated the same fault as we did in this video.
When an Emergency stop was performed my 22 month old child was thrown out of his seat in the back and he landed on the gear stick in the front. He was bruised and is still traumatised by it as he screams when we now put him in a car seat.

The post goes on to say the efforts made by the parents to take this up with Kiddu…

Today we chased up Kiddu who initially said they would send us their report. They have since said they wont be sending it to us and will be doing nothing. Meanwhile this seat is still on sale and we are going Viral to prevent any further injuries or worse- a fatality. Please return this seat and insist on a refund.

So, if you’ve got one of these seats you might want to go and give it a test right now.

Video right here…

Porsche 918 Spyder product recall

May 26th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Porsche Porsche 918 Spyder product recallIf you’re lucky enough to own a Porsche, then here’s some rare bad news for you – the German car maker has issued a global product recall of 918 Spyder mobiles, which will need to be taken in for a service shop inspection.

Some of these have already been flogged in the UK, so if you have one, ring your dealer.

This particular recall is to do with the electric wiring harness for the radiator fan (in vehicles manufactured until the end of April 2015) which could be damaged by a carbon-fibre component. It is rather boring, but not something you want to leave.

If you have a faulty car, the wiring harness will be examined and re-mounted in the workshop.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be contacted directly by their Porsche contact partner and the workshop visit will be arranged as soon as possible and, of course, will be free of charge. Your car will be taken in for around half a working day.

This follows a spate of recalls on cars, with millions of Toyota and Nissan motors being recalled thanks to a faulty airbag system, which sees the airbag inflating too quickly and firing out metal shards into the car.

For all the latest product recalls, of all kinds, click here and check what is being pulled from the shelves.

DVLA ban all manner of smutty number plates

May 26th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

used car DVLA ban all manner of smutty number platesIf you have ever dreamed about having a funny number plate for your car? Maybe something dirty, or something a bit risque? We all need an outlet for our creative and humorous urges, so why not have it sat in a traffic jam or parked outside the office while people spit at your windscreen?

You can’t have anything you want though, no-siree-bob.

The DVLA have unleashed their newest list of censored car number plates, stating clearly the kinds of things they don’t want to see tootling through the streets of Britain. They meet a couple of times a year to decide what to ban, and they’ve now censored VA61ANA, PI5 OFF, BL03 JOB, SH15 TTY, and the more religiously aligned JE55US, and AL14LAH.

You also can’t have GU11 LTY or  AL60 POP, but you are allowed to have PEN 15 and ORG 45M. The DVLA, clearly, think a woman’s undercarriage is to be censored, but a man’s, not.

This is all a nice little earner for the DVLA, as last year, they raked-in over £105 million by selling personalised plates. They have said that they only ban certain plates if they are “likely to cause general offence or embarrassment” on the grounds of racial, political, or religious sensitivities or if the authority finds them in “poor taste.”

Over the years, they’ve also banned BO11 OOX, P15 OFF, UP15 BUM, 15 LAM, and all combinations of anything including the word JEW. Check out the full list here.

car Drivers fined by police after insurers stop cover with no warningDrivers are finding themselves being stopped and fined by the police thanks to insurers cancelling their car cover without telling them.

The Financial Ombudsman Service says that they’ve seen a spike in complaints about policies being stopped without any warning and that, in the worst instances, motorists only find out about it when they’ve been pulled over for driving with no insurance.

The Ombudsman says that those who allow their insurer to renew their policies automatically, but don’t realise that they must declare any change in circumstances since first purchasing the cover, are the people most at risk.

Basically, if your insurer thinks that things are different, they may cancel your policy and there’s a chance they won’t tell you. It seems that motorists who have benefited from reduced premiums for having a no-claims discount are also at risk from getting their policy cancelled without being told.

And this is not to be sniffed at, as the penalty for driving without insurance is six points on your licence and a £300 fine. The Financial Ombudsman says: “These types of communication breakdowns can have very serious consequences for the people affected.”

So if your car insurance automatically renews, it is worth contacting your insurer and seeing if you can change that option or, indeed, ask them to provide you with clear correspondence of any changes in your policy.

picture 35 Honda and Daihatsu recall millions of cars over Takata airbagsAfter a round of recalls from Toyota and Nissan over defective airbags, over 5 million cars are being recalled by Honda and Daihatsu. The problem with all these vehicles is thanks to some potentially deadly airbag inflators that were made by Takata.

If you add all the recalls together, there’s 11.5 million cars being taken off the road over the same problem. There’s have been half a dozen deaths relating to this airbag issue.

Honda said that the affected models include the Fit subcompact and Daihatsu are recalling the Mira minicar.

The official line is that these recalls are precautionary and no accidents or injuries have been reported. However, it is worth noting that there is a known problem with the Takata airbag inflators not being properly sealed and that the airbags may burst under pressure, and have allegedly been spraying shrapnel inside the car.

Since 2008, around 36 million recalls have occurred relating to Takata’s airbags.

Product Recall Round-Up

Product recall: now even your ready-meals aren’t safe
Toyota and Nissan in 6.5 million airbag recall
Product recall Ikea safety gate
Now they want your mash and peanut butter
Galaxy Cookie Crumble chocolate bars may contain plastic

Your bad driving habits are costing you £700m

May 13th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

nick clegg electric car 300x213 Your bad driving habits are costing you £700mDrivers in Britain, collectively, are costing themselves £700m a year thanks to their lousy driving habits. That’s £84 per year, because you haven’t turned off your engine when your car is stationary or because you’ve been driving in the wrong gear.

Research is showing that over 636 million litres of petrol are being wasted each year in the UK, thanks to drivers failing to adopt eco-friendly driving techniques. Like what? You should be using your handbrake when you’re waiting a traffic lights, as well as making sure you’re in the right gear (that’d be the gears that propel your car, rather than drivers needing to wear leather stringback driving gloves and a monocle).

The Barclaycard Fuel study claims that younger drivers are, on-the-whole, better at driving efficiently, with 17-24 year-olds getting a gold star from the teacher, while half of those over 65 are in detention.

John Bostock, Account Development Director at Barclaycard, said: “With such a huge amount of money wasted on fuel, we would benefit massively as a nation if we were more mindful when it comes to driving in a more eco-friendly way. We keep a close eye on our grocery spending, so shouldn’t we do the same here when it’s apparent how much we could save just by driving more efficiently?”

Here are 10 ways you can drive more efficiently

- Make sure you’re driving in the correct gear
- Remove roof racks and roof boxes when they not needed
- Always be sure that you’ve checked your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure
- Use the handbrake when waiting at traffic lights and in traffic jams, rather than using the clutch and accelerator
- Use up-to-date map tools to plot the most fuel-effective route
- Try not to use the air conditioning or heating
- Try to keep the sun roof and windows closed
- Use cruise control where appropriate
- Don’t accelerate up to lights or traffic when you know you’re going to have to brake
- Drive along roads with speed bumps smoothly to avoid unnecessary acceleration and declaration