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Young Nurse Has Licence Revoked Due to Medical Conditions

December 22, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers


An Exeter nurse has been left without a driving licence after DVLA denied her recent reapplication on medical grounds.

DVLA revoked the licence of the insulin dependent diabetic after learning she had suffered two episodes in the last year.

Helen Nicholds, 26, is fighting the decision on grounds of her own professional background.

‘As a nurse and a diabetic I am obviously very conscious of what is required and my long-term blood sugar levels are all within range,’ said Helen.

‘I regularly check them, I can check them as many as eight times a day.’

Under new legislations drivers with conditions such as diabetes must reapply for their licence every three years. In this instance Helen Nicholds answered truthfully to a question asking if she has suffered two “hypoes” in the last 12 months.

‘They came during a particularly stressful time but they would not have happened in the day as I would have been monitoring myself.

‘It was just a tick box, with no room for any additional information.’

The district nurse has been driving for seven years and has never had an accident or episode whilst driving.

A DVLA Spokesperson said: ‘Where a driver with insulin treated diabetes has had two or more episodes of hypoglycaemia requiring the assistance of another person in a year they will be refused a licence.

“The European Commission have confirmed that we cannot differentiate between daytime and night-time episodes.’

Helen continued: ‘My own consultant and GP feel I am safe to drive.’

‘My role as a community nurse within Exeter is made even more difficult by not having a licence, which is obviously adding to the pressure to my already stressful job.’

You can show your support to Helen through her petition that can be found here.


Burglars Steal 60 Trophies in Red Bull Heist

December 20, 2014
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers


F1 Team, Red Bull, have been left “devastated” after a dramatic break-in saw 60 trophies stolen.

It has been described as something out of the Grand Theft Auto games after a six man team of criminals broke into the Red Bull Factory.

Red Bull Team Principle, Christian Horner, said that the crime has caused “significant damange” to the team.

‘The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals,’ said Horner.

The six-man group reportedly used a silver 4×4 to crash through the glass front entrance to the factory in Milton Keynes.

A second vehicle, a dark Mercedes estate, was also used in the heist.

Both vehicles displayed foreign number plates.

‘Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies’ continued Horner.

‘The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one.

‘But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.’

Two staff members on duty at the time of the break-in were not harmed.

It is feared that the break-in could lead to security measures that will affect the Red Bull Factory’s yearly visitors.

‘The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car.’


Venice Must Now Fit Gondolas with Registration Plates

December 19, 2014
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

Venetian authorities have laid out plans to fit all gondolas with number plates.

The 433 gondola license holders in Venice must now display small metal number plates to the side of their otherwise traditional boats.

The move was in response to numerous accidents in the increasingly congested canals, a popular tourist attraction.

Last year a German tourist died after the gondola the 50 year-old was riding was crushed by a water bus.

Number plates will allow authorities keep track of canal traffic, as well as the increasing number of unlicensed gondola sailors – “Goldoliers”.

Aldo Reato, President of the Gondoliers’ Association, said: ‘We’ll continue in our commitment to legality and also to present an image to the world of gondoliers and gondolas which lives up to their tradition.’

Gondoliers are now also required to charge visitors a fixed price of EUR80 for half an hour after suspected cases of gullible tourists being ripped off.

Random drug tests for gondoliers will also be put in place after the council received complaints of “unruly behaviour” amongst the boatmen.


DVLA Delay Paper Licence Axe

December 17, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will no longer be scrapping paper driving licences as of January 1st as planned.

The proposal will instead be postponed until a suitable digital replacement after pressure from the trade.

‘Businesses that employ a large number of people who have to drive for a living have a critical role in ensuring these drivers are safe and eligible to be on the road,’ said Ian Gallagher, speaking for the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

‘FTA members desperately want a sophisticated electronic system for monitoring their drivers,

‘The decision to postpone the scrapping of the counterpart is therefore welcomed while we all work together to sort out a system which is fit for purpose.’

Members of the public who also rely on driver checks, such as those who rent cars, will also benefit from the DVLA’s change in direction.

Plans to remove the paper counterpart to the driving licence were revealed in 2011 in a bid to reduce costs and streamline the system.

The planned replacement would have been for drivers to print their own copy via the DVLA website but the FTA claim this would be too costly and time consuming to be a realistic alternative.

FTA employs thousands of drivers who have their licences checked up to three times a years.


M6 Rubber-Neckers Face Fines

December 15, 2014
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Over 80 drivers who slowed the M6 to a halt after an accident have been prosecuted.

Motorists used their smartphones to take pictures of a blazing lorry on the other side of the road – an act called “rubber-necking”.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: ‘People travelling northbound were seen by police taking pictures of the fire

‘They have been sent letters saying that they had been seen taking photographs.

‘They have been told they can either pay a lb100 fine and have three penalty points put on to their licences or contest the case in court.’

Police used CCTV to capture the number plates and track down the curious drivers who caused the traffic jam.

The accident, which occurred between junctions 4 and 4A, ultimately caused bumper-to-bumper traffic on both sides of the motorway.

This is the first mass prosecution of this type and sets a precedent for other “rubber-neckers” to be charged in the same manner.


Caterham LEGO Designs Building An Impressive Following

December 13, 2014
Posted in Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers

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A LEGO designer from Cheshire is building quite a following behind his proposed kit car design sets.

Carl Greatix, a professional LEGO model artist, built mini Caterham Super Sevens from scratch using both standard and custom pieces of the classic building block toy.

‘After many requests to add this here and conversations with fans and designers, this may well just be possible,’ said Carl Greatix.

‘My proposal is to put these models forwards as the initial concept, and to update over the next 12 months.’

Caterham Car Ltd has already backed the concept after an out spilling of support after the models were submitted to the LEGO Ideas site earlier in the month.

On their Facebook page, Caterham appealed for fans and followers to back Greatix’s creations.

‘The Lego Caterham Super Seven idea may be considered for production if 10,000 supporters are reached. Please join in and make this a reality.’

LEGO Ideas allows model makers to propose potential new sets to LEGO directly.

The public can register support for their favourite designs with the most popular potentially becoming official releases in the future.

Greatix, who used the online alias “bricktrix_Carl”, is very experienced in the field and boasts a Flickr page full of creative designs.

Voting on the Caterham set lasts a year and can be voted for here.