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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Incredibly rare Ferrari 512M gets slapped with parking ticket

This is the moment a pair of traffic wardens slap a parking ticket on a £10 million Le Mans car while it is parked at the end of an empty mews.See SWNS story SWTICKET: The 1970 Ferrari 512M is one of the most desirable and valuable racing cars in the world - with models rarely coming onto the market. Classic car dealer Fiskens recently took one into stock and decided to take some photographs of it outside its Kensington headquarters. The dealership is based on a very quiet mews with no through traffic and they hoped they might be safe from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s notoriously ticket-friendly wardens for a few minutes.

An incredibly rare Ferrari fell victim to London traffic wardens recently after it was momentarily stopped in London's exclusive borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The £10million Ferrari 512M, which is more used to high-speed racing circuits such as Le Mans, was briefly parked in a quiet mews while staff at classic car dealer Fiskens – who had recently acquired the vehicle – photographed it. 

However, the bright yellow model was hardly inconspicuous, and soon drew the attention of two traffic wardens who were snapped – by the dealership – assessing the desirable car and slapping it with an £120 fine.

Rory Henderson, an acquisition specialist at Fiskens, said 'It is a quiet area and we brought the car out onto the mews to be photographed.

'They were deadly serious and weren't going to be stopped. I thought it was a bit unnecessary as we do try to be considerate of our neighbours.

'I think it is probably the most expensive car ever ticketed.'The 1970 512M is known as Chassis 1002, and boasts an impressive list of accomplishments, including racing in both the 1970 and 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Boasting a 12-cylinder, 5-litre engine it was first sold to the Escuderia Montjuich private racing team in April 1970.

In 1977, the car's then owner, Robert Horne, reached 192mph over a flying mile at RAF Fairford, setting a UK speed record which still stands today

May bank holiday getaway – driving to the airport

If you're planning a bank holiday getaway then be sure to read our tips on how you can make your journey to the airport a safe and stress-free one. Here's IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, to help you prepare for the journey. Because a little preparation goes a long way.
  • Take some time to check your vehicle inside and out before you set off. Check the tyre pressure and fluid levels are right and make sure everything else is working properly (headlights etc.)

  • Secure your luggage in your boot so it's out of the way and doesn't obstruct your view. If you do happen to use your rear seat, use the seat belts to secure your luggage so they can't move around if you have to brake suddenly.

  • Give yourself plenty of time for the journey and check the news for any traffic updates and roadworks nearby.

  • If you're travelling during the early hours of the day or late in the evening make sure you take some rest beforehand and eat something light so you don't feel sluggish before you leave.

  • If you plan on using a satnav don't forget to programme in the destination before you leave and check it. Leave plenty of time for the journey so you don't find yourself pushed for time. The plane won't wait!

Richard said: "With so much planning involved in a holiday, many of us forget about the first bit – how we get to the airport.

"If your journey is a long one, take some time to plan where and when you will be taking a break – just so you can get a little rest and have some water to stay hydrated. Enjoy the journey and more importantly, enjoy the getaway."

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Police riot van caught parking in disabled bay

The police van parked in a disabled bay.

A Nottinghamshire police officer has been slapped with a parking ticket, after parking a riot van in a disabled bay.

Eight police officers left the vehicle and visited a Taco Bell restaurant to buy burritos - but were spotted by an outraged local man, whose partner is disabled.

He sent photographs to Nottinghamshire Police, who later confirmed that the officer who had been driving the van had been given a fixed penalty notice.

"If it was an emergency I wouldn't mind but they were just going in to get some burritos. I made a fuss because it's one rule for us and other for them," Stephen Roberts, 42, said

"What made it even worse is there's a new police station just three minutes walk from there, with reserved spaces and everything."

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Greener car drivers set to be penalised after tax shakeup

Changes to road tax brought in from April next year could see drivers of greener cars penalised, while those behind the wheel of larger and less efficient vehicles will benefit from savings.

The changes are being issued to take advantage of the surge in popularity of electric and hybrid cars, which have up until now benefitted from certain tax breaks. 

However, the new rules would see an additional tax added to cars emitting between 1g/km and 130g/km, targeting some of the cleanest cars on our roads.

Affecting new cars, the tax will see a flat rate of tax applied to a car after its first year. Car buyers will see a rate of between zero and £2,000 applied during the first year of driving, depending on how green the vehicle is. Electric and ultra-efficient cars that are currently exempt from road tax will see a £10 charge for their first years' motoring.

After that, a flat rate of £140 will be applied after the first year. Cars costing more than £40,000 will see an extra cost of £310 year for the first five years.

During the complete re-shaping of the road tax system, the 13 bands will be replaced with just three – zero emission, standard and premium. Only electric cars will benefit from zero road tax. All other cars will pay £140, apart from those costing more than £40,000, which will come with an extra £310 charge.

Parkers, who studied the planned changes to road tax, said in a report: "Government policy will hit the very owners who are lapping up cleaner cars, while some buyers of higher-polluting vehicles will see their road tax drop."

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Child car seats

This week's tips are all about fitted car restraints and ensuring your child has a safe and comfortable car journey. If your child is 12 years old or younger they must be in an appropriate car seat. The IAM's Communications Manager, Caroline Holmes, has some advice on ensuring you choose the right one for your child.

1. Firstly, the seat must suit your child but also be compatible with your car. ISOFIX is the international standard for attachment and most modern vehicles have compatible mounts. If you already have a car seat and it moves around, it's probably not secured correctly. Contact the manufacturer for advice and if you have any doubts replace it.

2. There are legal conditions around the type of child seats you can use based on the age and height of your child. If you're unsure, seek professional advice from a child seat provider. You can also find out more via http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/.

3. Check the condition and attachment of the seat on a regular basis as they do suffer from wear and tear. Take a look at the manufacturers tag to check the expiration date.

4. Always install the restraint on the back seat of your car where possible. If the front is the only option, take the car to a garage to ensure the front passenger airbag controls are disabled.

5. Small children are more at risk of spinal cord injuries in a front facing seat, so make sure you place them in a rear facing one for as long as necessary.

Caroline said: "Toddlers in particular are very prone to wriggling their arms out of the harness. Double-check the harness is the correct height and pulled comfortably around your child. If your child is uncomfortable, check the harness isn't too tight by putting two flat fingers between your child's collar-bone and the harness.
"Unfortunately some tough love might be needed here. Lots of children aren't keen on being strapped in, but it really is essential to ensure a safe and secure journey for the whole family."

Associate test passes

Congratulations on passing the Advanced Test go to
John Brooks Sir Michael Buckley Richard Smith & Radoslaw Grzywinski
Well done gentlemen!!

Observer test passes

John Bowman has just retaken his National Observer Test and passed again with flying colours
Very well done John !!

Observer test passes

Hearty Congratulaions to Richard Holltum on passing his National Observer Test. 
Well done Richard !!