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New research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed British motorists are happier to shop for car parts online than they are for make-up and cosmetics – and the proportional purchase of automotive accessories and car parts even tops that of supermarket groceries.

4.2 percent of Brits go online to shop for car parts, accessories and services. In contrast, just 2 percent of people go online for groceries, and the SMMT reckons this proves just how advanced and competitive the car aftermarket industry is in the UK (and how high-tech cars themselves are becoming).

Why self-driving trucks will still need drivers

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:12

When Uber Technologies used a self-driving truck to run a load of Budweiser beer across 120 miles of Colorado last year, the feat gave the trucking industry a glimpse of a cost-saving driverless future.

But the loss of drivers has an employment dark side.

The Commercial Vehicle Industry Associtation of Australia (CVIAA) has been working hard in conjunction with other state associations through the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy, Industry Reference Group for Phase II, in the development of the newly released Guide to braking and stability performance for heavy vehicles.

This Guide provides brake and stability performance ratings for truck and trailer combinations, with varying brake technologies. It aims to assist the Australian road transport sector to achieve best practice in the braking and stability performance of heavy combination vehicles.

Please Note: Western Australia does not participate in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Australia’s first national heavy vehicle health check shows a sound performance by industry in maintaining vehicles, with some room for improvement.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the results of the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey would provide further focus on inspection programs and help measure improvements in the mechanical condition of the heavy vehicle fleet.

Credit card surcharges, what should you charge?

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:17

Do you charge customers a surcharge on transactions? This is a quick guide to what you can and can’t include when working out your surcharge.

From 1 September 2017, all businesses that impose payment surcharges on card transactions need to comply with the new law that bans excessive payment surcharges. The purpose of the ban is to stop payment surcharges that are more than the actual cost of accepting that payment method. The cost to a business of accepting each payment method is also known as the ‘cost of acceptance’ for that method.

Ride sharing to shake up Ford dealerships

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:17

DETROIT — Ride-sharing fleets could radically disrupt dealership service centers in the coming years, according to a high-ranking Ford Motor Co. mobility executive. The automaker believes repair shops will need to move at a much faster pace to plan both routine and unscheduled maintenance for ride-sharing fleets. That could include same-hour service or staying open all night for certain shops near cities.

Honda's 2025 target, Level 4 automated driving capability

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:10

Honda has announced that it is targeting the year 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with highly-automated driving capability in most driving situations (SAE Level 4). This new goal builds upon earlier-announced plans for Honda and Acura vehicles to have highly-automated freeway driving capability (SAE Level 3) by 2020. These are critical steps in Honda's commitment to contribute to a collision-free society.

Holden to shed 30 dealers as shutdown looms

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:07

The locally made Holden Commodore isn’t the only Australian icon about to disappear, with the carmaker now believed to be shedding one in 10 of its dealerships nationally.

The axe is believed to have fallen on about 30 dealerships spread across regional and urban locations.

Aussie's love affair with gas guzzlers

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:52

Australia's love affair with SUVs, utes and V8s has turned us into a nation of gas guzzlers — and government fleets are among the biggest polluters, despite preaching the “green car” message to private buyers.

Cars on Australian roads belched out up to 50 per cent more toxic fumes than those in Europe last year (182g/km vs. 120g/km) according to the latest emissions report by the National Transport Commission.

Safety recalls have been issued for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, several Audi models, the Citreon C4 Air Cross, the Peugeot 4008, and the Maserati Levante sport utility vehicle (SUV).

The recalls have come from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and cover more than 10,000 vehicles.

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