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Top Gear Boss: “BBC don’t trust us.”

January 30, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Top Gear’s executive producer feels that the BBC ‘does not trust’ the show any more.

Andy Wilman, 52, believes that despite a string of controversies that the popular BBC show will get another series, however he feels he might be on thin ice with the higher ups.

Speaking to Broadcast magazine, Wilman said: “What the BBC like about Top Gear is when it’s naughty but it’s all under control.

“We walk a tightrope most of the time. Sometimes we’re going to fall off it. And if you do, that’s when the BBC is not a fan. Sometimes, I feel they don’t trust us at heart.

“Ofcom has found us in breach of the Broadcasting Code only twice since 2002. You can’t achieve that kind of record if the show itself isn’t smart about what it’s doing.”

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Top Gear has come under fire several times in the last 12 months.

Jeremy Clarkson used the racial slur ‘slope’ on the show’s Burma special, which Wilman said was “not defensible”.

The show’s Argentina special then sparked global issues after the crew was chased out of the country over the number plate H982 FKL – which some said referred to the 1982 Falklands War.

Wilman maintains that it was a coincidence.

Critics of the show have called for the show to be axed and for Clarkson, at one time the highest paid presenter on BBC, to be sacked.

When Will The Next Series of Top Gear Begin?

Despite previous indiscretions, Andy Wilman is hopeful that the hit show will be back for another series.

“[BBC] are willing to recommission Top Gear because the show is working and it’s still a good thing to have in the mix,” added Wilman.

“I could do with a bit less telling off, but there you go.”

Top Gear is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most-watched factual TV show.


Fiat 500 Recalled

January 28, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Fiat 500 drivers are finding that their vehicles are being recalled by the Italian company.

The same issue affected around 4,000 Fiat 500 models in Australia last July.

Affected owners in the UK have started receiving letters requesting affected vehicles be returned.

Only the registered keeper will receive the letter, so if you no longer own the vehicle you must forward to the new owner or make them aware of the Fiat 500 recall.

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The letter reports issues with right hand drive city cars, particularly with the wiring on the dashboard.

Wires could have worn leading the lights on the Fiat 500, which could lead to the instrument panel failing.

Fiat have asked owners to make an appointment with their local Fiat dealer to have their vehicle checked and cleared.

The check should take around 20 minutes and will be free of charge. This time would also include any work correcting issues – such as moving wires away from the steering column.

If you have any issues please contact Fiat’s Customer Service Centre on 00800 3428 0000.

If you are no longer the owner of the vehicle and you receive a letter you must contact the DVLA to rectify this.



More About Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 (Type 312) is a city car built by Italian automaker Fiat since 2007. The car is currently produced in Tychy, Poland, by Fiat Auto Poland S.A. and in Toluca, Mexico, by Chrysler Group LLC. The 500 is a four-seater, three-door hatchback, designed as modern reinterpretation of Dante Giacosa’s 1957 original rear-engined Fiat 500 or “Nuova 500″.

The car was announced on May 5, 2006, and the first images were presented on March 20, 2007. The car was launched officially on July 4, 2007, with 250,000 people in attendance. This was the largest launch party held in the last ten years, a testament to the Nuova 500’s huge popularity. The car was displayed in the squares of 30 cities in Italy for the launch.

The 500 is available with four different trim levels: Naked (not available in the United Kingdom or Italy; opting for this trim level means that the car does not have the seven airbags meaning that the passenger safety rating drops), Pop, Lounge, and Sport. Customers can also choose between 15 interior trims, nine wheel options, 19 decals, and 12 body colours. There are over 500,000 different personalized combinations of the 500 that can be made by adding all kinds of accessories, decals, interior and exterior colours, and trims. The car is also available with the Blue&Me navigation system. The American Sport version has the 1.4 litre Multiair engine, which is manufactured in Michigan.

The car was chosen to herald the marque’s official return to the American market after an absence of 27 years.

The 1 millionth Fiat 500 rolled out of production line on 19 November 2012.

A Win for Elderly Drivers

January 26, 2015
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

A 78-year-old woman who was told she was “unsafe” to drive has won back her licence.

Elderly driver, Georgina Frances Hitchen, had her licence revoked after a 2012 accident.

DVLA listed the reason for disqualification as a “age-related cognitive impairment”, but a High Court judge disagreed and overturned the decision.

Ms Justice Simler told the court that there was no medical evidence to back DVLA’s decision.

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“A relevant disability cannot be inferred from a driving performance alone,” said Ms Justice Simler.

“There had to be clear evidence that ‘a relevant physical or mental disability’ existed but in Ms Hitchen’s case there was none.

“In fact there was clear evidence that she did not suffer from cognitive impairment.

“This was a case where bad driving could have been caused by something else, such as poor driving habits, lack of skill, anxiety or nervousness.”

Elderly Drivers Fight for Rights

Appearing before magistrates, Ms Hitchen said that the DVLA’s decision was worrying to other elderly drivers.

The 78-year-old argued that elderly drivers were being victimised purely on their age alone.

Without evidence of medical issues elderly drivers could have their licences revoked, where in similar cases younger drivers would not.

A recent surge in older drivers in the UK has lead to the suggestion that driving tests would need to be taken.

A report from the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety – Pacts – said:

“It is vital that the course providers are seen as a non-threatening organisation.

“It is important that the tone of any such intervention is positive and supportive, avoiding undermining confidence or giving a negative image of growing older.”

Facts About Elderly Drivers

  • It is estimated that by 2030, 90% of men over 70 will still be driving.
  • Elderly Drivers over 80 are two and a half times as likely to be killed in a collision as drivers in their forties.
  • Teenage drivers are less safe than elderly drivers.
  • Very few elderly drivers are involved in drink driving incidents.


Supercars Rented to Arab Visitors

January 23, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

There is a “growing market” of customers from the Middle East renting supercars in London.

Arab visitors who come to London for “Supercar Season” have started hiring supercars from local businesses instead of flying in their own.

Signature Car Hire owns the UK’s largest fleet of luxury vehicles. The London company’s Chief Executive and Founder, Dee Bhatia, says his client list includes royals from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“They are discerning clients who know exactly what they want. We have been known to buy a car specifically because a VIP client requested it,” Bhatia said.

“Supercar Season” refers to the Summer months when Tourists from the Arabian Gulf flood London, usually with their supercars. Locals from Knightsbridge and Mayfair have complained about the noisy cars, as well as potentially dangerous driving.

Some companies would even buy vehicles for their fleet if a client had asked for it specifically.

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Another rental company, Supercar Experiences, is also receiving an influx of Asian customers around this time a year. For example, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700, one of the most expensive supercars in the world, is available for lb1,995 per day,

“We’ve had the princes, the sheikhs, the billionaires,” said Nik Hardwick, Managing Director of Supercar Experiences. “They’ve all got cars back home. But a lot of people decide to hire rather than bringing their own cars over.”

More and more people are flying their supercars into the country also, paying up to Dh70,000 to do so.

Manchester-based Dan Car Logistics handled 35-40 cars being flown in from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

Arab countries, such as Qatar which will hold 2018’s FIFA World Cup, is known to reach up to 46 degrees in the summer months. It is believed that the yearly pilgrimage to London could be in an attempt to get away from the heat.


Birmingham Stolen Foodbank Van Recovered

January 21, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

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A stolen foodbank van used to deliver supplies around Birmingham has been found.

Patricia White, Manager of the Birmingham Foodbank, said that she received an anonymous tip on the location of the stolen foodbank van.

‘The police were with us at the time looking at the CCTV footage so they went straight out and called us to confirm it was our fan,’ Patricia said.

‘Unfortunately all the logos and number plates had been removed but officers managed to get into the van and saw the potatoes we had stored in the back.’

Police we look for forensic evidence in the stolen foodbank van before returning it.

More than 15,000 well-wishers took to Facebook in support of the foodbank, who use the van to deliver food parcels to vulnerable families and people around Birmingham.

‘We’re just over the moon,’ Patricia added. ‘We’re just so thankful to everyone.’

The central Birmingham Mercedes Benz company has generously offered to loan a replacement for the stolen foodbank van while it remains off the road for the next few weeks.

More About Birmingham Central Foodbank

Birmingham Central Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust‘s UK-wide network of over 100 foodbanks run by local churches working together alongside grass root community organisations, statutory agencies, frontline care professionals, schools and businesses to provide emergency food to people. Read more on their website.


Vengeful Ex-Wife Sells Cheating Husband’s $150k Porsche for $20,000

January 19, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Porsche 911 sold by jilted ex-wife

An Australian woman is seeking revenge on her ex-husband by selling his $150k car for less than a fifth of its value.

The jilted wife is asking for just $20,000 for the Porsche 911, which she legally owns after a messy divorce with her husband.

Advertising the vehicle on Australia’s Revenge Sales website, the unnamed lady said:

‘I have been married to this unfaithful poor excuse for a human being for over 25 years and yes we are wealthy,

‘I had hunches that my husband was cheating so I followed him out on what he said was a “guys poker night” to find him at a 5 star restaurant cuddling up to this young blonde woman.

‘So to pay him back, as I have rightful ownership of his precious Porsche, I have decided to sell it for a specific price of $20,000.’

RevengeSales.au allows people to sell items originally belonging to someone you dislike, the idea is by selling the item you are getting revenge on them.

At $20,000, the Porsche 911 is listed at a great deal less than the market value, even for used cars.

The woman from Templestowe, near Melbourne, has had a huge outreach of support for other website users, while others have expressed suspicion that it may not be a genuine listing.

The user added: ‘I figured $20,000 is just enough for a return flight/accommodation to Europe so I can fondle with all the wealthy European men!’

The husband has yet to come forward.


Classic Cars Risked in Banger Race

January 16, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A banger race could see up to 10% of the last BMC Farinas in the country wiped out.

Spedeworth Motorsports are set to host a banger race in the Summer, which will be open to just one model: the classic car BMC Farina.

The event has come under fire from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, a group who looks after the interested of classic cars and classic car enthusiasts, who claim it could be hugely damaging to the number of surviving Farinas.

‘Even allowing for the imprecise nature of the DVLA database, it would appear that the Spedeworth event has the potential for destroying something between 5-10% of the surviving vehicles in the UK,’ said FBHVC spokesperson, Geoff Lancaster.

‘This is a very significant number of an increasingly rare vehicle to be lost in a single night and we would therefore urge Spedeworth to consider very carefully this level of impact on a single vehicle marque before organising this type of event.’

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that there are 1700 Farinas registered currently in the UK – including 139 MGs, 216 Rileys, 301 Wolseleys, 489 Morris Oxfords and 561 Austins.

Spedeworth organiser, Deane Wood, said: ‘As far as I am concerned it’s up to the owner of the car what they do with it. It’s their property to do what they like with.

‘People looked at the cars at the all-Westminster race we did a couple of years and everyone agreed none of them could have been restored. I’m sure it will be same.’

More than 100 drivers will be taking part in the banger race


Garages Ignore “Mental” Traffic Wardens

January 15, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

Garage owners are taping over number plates to evade “mental” traffic wardens.

Car traders in Barnstaple have reported overzealous wardens who ‘creep up’ and ticket temporarily parked vehicles while they are being moved.

‘It’s a joke how many tickets we’re getting,’ said Melvyn Adams, who owns Gaydon Street Motors.

‘They’ve even ticketed cars which the AA have brought in overnight.’

The two local businesses – Gaydon Street Motors and ND Joy Autos – use double yellow lines, which restricts parking, outside their premises to move vehicles in and out.

‘We have a legal responsibility to enforce parking restrictions,’ said Stuart Hughes of Devon County Council, ‘double yellow lines in this area prohibit parking and in order to provide a fair and consistent service our civil enforcement team must be objective and enforce the restriction for all vehicles parked in this location.’

Owner of ND Joy Autos, Nigel Joy, says that previous traffic wardens would give the garages warnings before fining them.

‘I’ve been here 18 years and I’ve always had a good relationship with the council wardens,’ said Nigel Joy.

‘But now they wait and they clock the car and book you.

‘They don’t have the courtesy to give you a warning.’

The two business owners have said they have started taping over their number plates so that traffic wardens would be unable to read to registration, an offence that could carry with it a lb1,000 fine.

‘It’s unavoidable to park on the double yellow lines because you have to move the cars around,’ added Nigel Joy.

‘We don’t stop the flow of traffic,

‘We don’t take the mick.

‘Some of the wardens are mental – it’s victimisation.’


12 Pointed Pensioners Escaping Driving Ban

January 12, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

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None of the 20 oldest drivers to amass 12 or more licence points have been banned from driving, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.

Violations including drink driving, driving without insurance, and speeding have been detailed in the report.

The worst offender, a 57-year-old, has avoided a driving ban despite receiving 26 penalty licence points.

Ellie Pearson, spokeswoman for Brake, said: ‘The penalty point system is in place to take drivers who repeatedly flout traffic laws off the road, whilst giving drivers ample opportunity to mend their ways,’ said Ellie Pearson, a spokesperson for anti-speeding charity Brake.

‘Drivers with 12 points or more on their licence have already proven they have no respect for the rules of the road, or the safety of others. Allowing them to carry on driving is inviting tragedy.’

Under current road laws, drivers who receive 12 licence points should automatically receive a six-month driving disqualification, unless courts decide the ban could put the motorist under “exceptional hardship”.

A DVLA spokesman said: ‘The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver.’

Campaigners worry that drivers not being banned in these cases could pose a serious threat to other road users. It may also set an unfortunate precident for other potentially dangerous drivers to remain on the roads.

‘If drivers accumulate 12 points and are not banned, it makes a mockery of the whole system,’ said Brake Spokeperson, Ellie Pearson.

Information About Licence Points

A licence point / penalty point system demerits drivers convicted of road traffic offences. These “points” can be added or subtracted, and in some cases removed after a defined amount of time has passed, or other conditions are met. If the total amount of licence points exceeds a limit (12 in the UK) the offender may be disqualified from driving.


Drivers of a White Car Receive Parking Fine for a Black Car

January 10, 2015
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers



A couple have found out that when it comes to parking fines it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.

Malcolm and Julie Creek were fined lb45 for overstaying by 5 hours, which will raise to lb110 if unpaid, but there is a clear error.

The letter issuing the fine shows the couple’s white Ford entering the car park but a different car leaving almost six hours later.

‘The car’s a different colour to start with,’ said an annoyed Malcolm Creek, 69. ‘How stupid can you get?

The Cambridge couple entered the car park around 1PM, but left 48 minutes later after doing some Christmas shopping.

Five hours later CCTV clocked a black Vauxhall with a similar but different number plate and mistakenly registered this as the Creeks’ car.

‘I’m sure the retail park would be cross about this,’ continued Malcolm, a retired assistant estates manager. ‘It’s going to put people off visiting. It’s put us off.’

Total Parking Solutions, who issued the fine, have admitted their mistake and have apologised to the couple.

‘It appears that in this instance the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera misread the exit plate by one letter due to the dirty condition of the plate,’ said a TPS Spokesperson.

‘The two plates were almost identical, as a result of misreading a letter on exit, it was flagged as an overstay by the ANPR matching engine.

‘We are sending Julie and Malcolm Creek our sincere apologies coupled with a lb20 high street voucher for them to spend at the retail site for inconvenience caused in this instance.’