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Car insurance still costs more if you're male, despite an EU ruling which aimed to stop price discrimination by gender. The EU directive, which came into effect five years ago, was intended to stop insurers from giving big discounts to female drivers – often amounting to hundreds of pounds. The phenomenon of discounting car insurance for women sparked a whole industry, typified by firms like Sheila’s Wheels, which only supplied motor cover to females.
An urgent review of the law in relation to reckless cycling is to be undertaken by the government, following a number of serious road incidents involving bicycles. Ministers have announced that the review will look at whether or not laws governing the behaviour of people in motorised vehicles should be extended to cover cyclists. According to the transport minister, Jesse Norman, other changes to road safety laws would also be looked at as part of the probe.
Getting one’s car fix used to be a rather limited affair. Decades ago you’d be happy with your weekly hit of a fresh-faced Jeremy Clarkson making glib remarks about an Aston Martin, then maybe a Sunday afternoon drive in your dad’s Skoda. Today, a whole universe of automotive loveliness is but a click away: hours of top-class documentaries, loony stunts and bonkers dash-cam footage has made the Internet an amazing place for car lovers.
Budget airline Ryanair is cancelling 40-50 flights per day over the next six weeks, due to errors in the planning of its pilots' annual leave. The carrier cancelled 82 flights on Sunday. Those affected with bookings up to 20 September have been told about the cancellations. Marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: "We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we're working hard to fix that."
The number of cyclist deaths related to hitting car doors as they open should be tackled by encouraging the 'Dutch reach' method, a charity has said. The danger of cyclists being killed by people who do not look behind them before opening car doors has been highlighted by charity Cycling UK. The charity wants people to embrace the 'Dutch reach' method, whereby car occupants open the door with the hand furthest from the exit, in so doing limiting how far the door can open.
Will HS2 transform the Midlands and North into tiger economies, or is it an expensive white elephant for a nation whose bills are piling up? For homeowners living near HS2 stations, the future could be rosy – at least in the long term. Like many of the decisions facing the UK in recent years (don’t mention the B word), the HS2 high speed rail link tends to divide the populous. Naturally, those forced to move home in order to make way for the new lines usually occupy the 'HS2 bad' camp.
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