Tuesday, 25 September 2012

New Parking Rules Could Prove Confusing

New private parking regulations are to come into force next month which could confuse many, according to the British Parking Association (BPA).

The new rules are to be active from October 1st and aims to deal with private property - which will include legislation against the clamping and removal of vehicles. The law will also introduce an independent appeals body.

However, the BPA have expressed concerns that young driver insurance holders will be unaware that the changes are not guaranteed to offer benefits.

The new restrictions on clamping relates to private land, however, there are many instances where landowners can get around this and have the freedom to choose how their parking is operated. This can include parking spaces at airports and train stations.

As a result many industry experts are sceptical and believe that the clamping band will not benefit motorists. In addition it is expected that parking companies may turn to illegal methods - such as unlawful ticketing.
Commenting on the new rules, Patrick Troy, CEO of the BPA said:

"The Protection of Freedoms Act ushers in perhaps the most significant shake-up of the private parking industry ever seen in this country and there is much that we and the Government can be proud of.

"However, the regulations do not yet go far enough. An independent appeals service which is not binding on all operators is likely to be a recipe for confusion among motorists and a ban on clamping is no substitute for proper regulation of the industry."

Mr Troy added that the new appeals service should provide an additional layer of protection for drivers when they believe a parking ticket has been unfairly issued.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gMKtivASrTzFKfTPC6x-YhU3lI0A?docId=N0340021348367556237A

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Sweeney Gets a New Motoring Star

If you're a young driver the likelihood is you may not have heard of The Sweeney - a 70s cop show based in and around the streets of London.

Well the likelihood is that your parents (at least your Dad) could be rejoicing to hear that it's about to make a come-back - via the big screen.

The show is famous for the illustrious Ford Capri car that Regan and Carter (the two protagonists) used to chase crooks.

Unfortunately the Ford Capri is a little old now and is actually no longer in production anyway. As a result film-maker Nick Love has had to turn to the next closest thing... the Ford Focus ST.

Commenting on his choice of car Mr Love said:

"It was important for me to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as their legacy with the original TV show is so strong - they're the perfect partner. I like the Ford Focus ST so much, I want one!"

The Jaguar XFR is also to make an appearance in the film; however, it's to be a getaway car used by said criminals.

So it should be interesting... a Jaguar XFR against... a Ford Focus ST.

Let's put this in perspective a minute:

• A 5 litre V8 Supercharged car versus a 2 litre I4 turbocharged car - in the real world which one do you think would win? Need a clue – check out the next point.

• The Jaguar XFR does 0 – 60mph in 4.5 seconds. The Ford Focus ST does 0 – 60mph in 6.5 seconds.

• The XFR has a top speed of 174mph – the Focus ST has a top speed of 152mph.

• According to car retailers you're looking at almost £22K for a Focus ST... for a Jaguar XFR you're looking at around £65K.

I’m not trying to put the Focus ST down by any means… but comparing it to the Jaguar XFR is a bit like comparing a nippy little moped to a motorbike.

But this is the movies... and anything is possible - apparently!

Here at iKube we don't recommend young drivers to shell out for a sporty car like a Ford Focus ST as you may find the cost of your young driver insurance is far higher than if you opted for a smaller model - such as a Ford KA or Fiesta. If you're looking for your first car check out our car buyers guide.

Source: http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/news/sweeney-focus-st-premiere-tonight-091218618.html