Tuesday 02nd of September 2014

News from Compare Car Rentals Australia.

  • Parliament votes to introduce carbon tax

    Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has managed to get her controversial plans to introduce a carbon tax passed by parliament’s lower house. The bill means that Australia’s largest producers of greenhouse gasses will have to pay each time they produce a tonne of carbon dioxide. Before the vote, Ms Gillard said that the legislation would mean a better environment and a better future for Australia.

    However, the opposition claims that the strategy will mean a hike in the cost of living and will result in job losses. The 2011 Clean Energy Bill was narrowly pushed through by 74 votes to 72.

    Thousands of Australians have protested the bill claiming that Ms Gillard has reneged on one of her campaign pledges. Before being elected last year, she said that she had no… Read the full story

  • Fuel shortages as French protests continue

    Public opposition to retirement reforms continues to cause disruption across France ahead of tomorrow’s national demonstrations. Although the government continues to play down the risk of fuel shortages, panic buying across the country has put pressure on reserves. Oil-industry lobby, the UFIP, is warning that disruptions at all of France’s oil refineries since Tuesday last week could mean serious supply problems by the middle of this week.

    The situation is likely to be exacerbated by the announcement that truckers are to continue blockading the country’s main roads. Across Paris, sold out signs have been erected at a number of petrol stations. The price of remaining fuel is likely to rise even though economy minister, Christine Lagarde, has warned those who do so that they will be punished.

    Disruption on the… Read the full story

  • UK motorists concerned over road camera deactivation

    A new research study shows that two-thirds of UK motorists believe that with the deactivation of speed cameras, roads will become more dangerous.

    According to RoadPilot, a safety camera data firm, funding cuts in the face of the new austerity budget will force three per cent of all speed detection cameras to be removed or switched off. However, there will be more camera groups reviewing the remaining cameras, yet 66 per cent of motorists still believe that road safety will in jeopardy if the cameras go off.

    CEO of RoadPilot, James Flynn said that the recent amendments to the budget will mean that several camera partnerships will have to deactive or revise the level of speed detection cameras being used in their regions. Mr Flynn added that drivers would now… Read the full story

  • Public cars in Cardiff expected to decrease traffic

    Public officials hope that a public car initiative in Cardiff, set to begin in October, will help to ameliorate the traffic problem in the city which has become increasingly worse over the past few years. The scheme will see 10 low-emission autos provided by City Car Club and will be available for hire on a per hour basis, which Cardiff councillors hope will encourage residents to give up their second cars, free up parking spaces, and decrease city-wide traffic congestion.

    In an interview with the Echo, head of transport for Cardiff Coun Delme Bowen said that the new car club initiative is another important step in helping to reduce the city’s traffic problem. He went on to add that through the availability of the environmentally-friendly autos throughout the city, people… Read the full story

  • Chief constable claims motorists are hypocritical when it comes to speeding

    One of the longest serving chief constables in the UK has said that she believes middle-class motorists are hypocritical when it comes to speeding on the roadways. Julie Spence, outgoing head of Cambridgeshire Police, said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that most motorists believe speeding is acceptable, unless they have the misfortune of experiencing a vehicle tragedy and losing a loved one.

    Mrs Spence said that speeding is anti-social behaviour which has been normalised by the middle-class, and that most individuals who speed believe that they should be able to get away with it. She went on to say that everything is usually fine with speeding, at least in the minds of those who go faster than the law allows, until their child dies in a road accident,… Read the full story

  • Breath test needed to start autos for drink drivers in NYC

    Starting 15 August of this year, all persons living in New York City who have been convicted of drink driving offences will be required to pass a breath test before starting their auto. The breath test device, expected to be installed in over 4,000 autos within the first year of the new law, will prevent motorists from operating their vehicles if their blood-alcohol content (BAC) is above .025, roughly one-third the New York State legal limit of .08.

    Motorists who have been convicted of drink driving offenses, even first time offenders, will be forced to blow into the breathalyser device each time they wish to drive their vehicle, and continue blowing at periodic intervals during their trip. If at any time the device registers a BAC reading of over .025,… Read the full story

  • UK taxi drivers banned from flying England flag

    Kent city taxi drivers in the UK say they have been let down by the council after they were told that flying flags from vehicles is not permitted during the World Cup football tournament. It remains to be seen whether any such action will be taken in Australia.

    According to the Canterbury City Council, cabs displaying England flags would be violating rules on what can be exhibited on public service vehicles. The rules prohibit taxis from displaying any letters, signs, emblems, marks or motifs. If the ban is ignored, cabbies could have their licences revoked.

    The authority said it would be pleased to look over the policy but in order for that to take place it would require a full consultation. One cab driver, Colin Mitchell, said that he wanted… Read the full story