Motoring News

An 84-year-old from Gloucestershire has replaced his old Vauxhall Corsa after it was vandalised – because it was bright yellow. Peter Maddox lives in the picturesque village of Bibury, Glos, known for its 14th Century houses. But his eye-catching motor had some locals and tourists seeing red – because they thought Peter's banana-yellow runabout was a blot on the landscape. The car was said to have “photo-bombed” tourists’ photos.
A motorcyclist narrowly avoided being hit by a high speed train last week, in an incident that has put the spotlight on the safety of motorcyclists riding near or across railway property. The incident was recorded on the train's camera, which shows the driver using the horn to warn the rider. As the footage plays out, we see that the rider has to abandon his motorcycle in order to escape the train. A crashing sound can be heard as the train crushes the bike.
French car maker Peugeot has bought the Ambassador brand name from Hindustan Motors for $12m (£9.6m). No Ambassadors have been built since 2014, following a rapid decline in sales. The car, which first appeared in the 1960s, was based on the British Morris Oxford. It was popular among government officials and was seen as a status symbol for decades.
Britain is set to become a 'world leader' in the realm of autonomous cars, according to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The technologies will be supported by new legislation which will determine who is to blame should a driverless car be involved in a crash. A report in the Birmingham Mail states a new Bill will set out how insurance claims are made following an accident. At present, legal issues make it impossible to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of the United Kingdom.
President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has dismayed countries around the Pacific Rim – but it hasn’t surprised them. Japan's large trade surplus is particularly irksome to Trump, a surplus that is in no small part down to Japan’s handsome car exports. The life of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be much easier if the citizens he leads would buy more American cars.
Thousands of drivers across the UK were caught using mobile devices while driving in a targeted police campaign during November last year. 8,000 motorists from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received fines for the offences, which averaged out at 40 penalties each hour. The campaign resulted in 68 court summonses, alongside hundreds of verbal warnings. 117 other distraction-related offences were also recorded – including eating while behind the wheel.