UK drivers cover an estimated 216m miles a year without an MOT

A study of more than 2,000 drivers by company car insurance firm Direct Line for Business found that almost a fifth had “accidentally” driven their car …

British motorists drive an estimated 216 million miles a year in vehicles that do not have a valid MOT, according to new research.

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A study of more than 2,000 drivers by company car insurance firm Direct Line for Business found that almost a fifth had “accidentally” driven their car for at least a week after the MOT certificate had expired in the past five years. Even more worryingly, eight percent confessed to having driven without a valid MOT certificate for more than six months.

Rusted car a definite MOT fail in the UK

Of those who accidentally drove without a valid MOT for a week, almost half (45 percent) said they only drove once, but eight percent admitted to driving five or more times. Assuming the average motorist drives 21.6 miles every day, Direct Line says this means Brits could have covered as many as 216 million miles each year without a valid MOT certificate.

MOT certificates are a legal requirement for all cars used on the public road, unless they are electric goods vehicles registered before March 1, 2015, tractors or some classic cars first registered more than 40 years ago. Driving a vehicle that needs an MOT but does not have one is punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Mechanic inspecting car with torch

The MOT test involves checking over key vehicle components and ensuring the car is safe to be used on the road. Any faults will fall into one of four categories, ranging from ‘dangerous’ to ‘advisory’, via ‘major’ and ‘minor’. Vehicles with dangerous or major faults will fail, while minor and advisory faults will be noted down and should be monitored and fixed if necessary.

According to Direct Line for Business’ study, men are more likely than women to have driven without a valid MOT, with 20 percent of men claiming to have forgotten the test compared with 15 percent of women. Meanwhile those aged 18-34 are much more likely to forget than 35-54-year olds or 55-year olds, of whom just nine percent admitted to having driven without an MOT.

Halfords Autocentre MOT Service and Tyres centre in Basingstoke UK

Regionally, a third (32 percent) of Londoners admitted to driving without a valid MOT for a week, while 25 percent of drivers in the North East confessed to the same offence. Rounding out the top four were the North West (20 percent) and Yorkshire (19 percent).

Matt Boatwright, head of Direct Line for Business, said: “Keeping a vehicle roadworthy is a legal requirement and essential from a safety perspective for both the person driving and others on the road. We understand that having to turn down work because your van is in the garage can be frustrating, however not having a valid MOT could result in a hefty fine and in some cases lead to you losing your licence.”

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Government plans to cut traffic jams with Artificial Intelligence

The government could soon open up data surrounding planned roadworks, allowing navigation apps with artificial intelligence (AI) technology to …

The government could soon open up data surrounding planned roadworks, allowing navigation apps with artificial intelligence (AI) technology to predict jams months in advance.

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According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the government plans to release data on “planned changes to the road network”. This, the department says, will give tech firms the chance to feed the information to their AI route planning systems, allowing them to predict traffic jams and provide more accurate journey time estimates.

It’s all part of a review of legislation around Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) – the orders that allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to the road. This, in turn, is part of the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, considering whether current legislation is fit to maximise the potential of future technologies.

UK roadworks cones and directional signs on motorway

As a result, the government says it plans to introduce legislation that will make it easier for tech firms to access data around the predicted 50,000 yearly road closures. The DfT says the change, which will be achieved in collaboration with organisations including councils and automotive technology companies, could lead to drivers being warned of planned disruption well ahead of the event, helping them to save time and money.

In a statement, the DfT said the plans will “give drivers confidence” to plan important trips without the fear of being stuck in traffic, while the system will also help to reduce congestion and delays. Furthermore, the department says the scheme could also improve air pollution by reducing the number of vehicles in traffic hotspots.

Roadworks signs on a street in London

“As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams,” said George Freeman, the Conservative MP for Mid-Norfolk. “Today’s announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.”

But the DfT says the new rules could do more than just improve journeys for motorists. The department points to evidence that suggests opening up TRO data could also help with route planning systems for self-driving vehicles.

This would help the government achieve its goal of becoming a world leader in autonomous vehicle technology. Such is the government’s ambition that it has already set a target of having self-driving cars on the roads of Britain by 2021.

Google Driverless Car

Speaking in February, automotive minister Richard Harrington said the government wanted to ensure the UK was the country chosen to develop and build driverless cars.

“The UK has a rich heritage in automotive development and manufacturing, with automated and electric vehicles set to transform the way we all live our lives,” he said. “We want to ensure through the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge that we build on this success and strength to ensure we are home to development and manufacture of the next generation of vehicles.”

Sensing and wireless communication systems of autonomous self driving cars

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Artificial Intelligence to end future holiday jams caused by roadworks

government to help bank holiday road users receive warnings on traffic jams caused by roadworks through revolutionary plans to open up data …
  • government to help bank holiday road users receive warnings on traffic jams caused by roadworks through revolutionary plans to open up data
  • access to data on planned changes to the road network could lead to the next generation of navigational apps
  • plans will give drivers the confidence to plan important trips without the fear of being stuck in traffic, and reduce congestion, delays and air pollution

Motorists could soon enjoy quicker and easier getaways on bank holidays, as government announces plans today (26 August 2019) to open up data on planned changes to the road network, highlighting potential traffic jams up to months in advance.

Tech firms could soon get access to this data thanks to a review of legislation around Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) – the orders behind restrictions on the road network which allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to the road.

Companies will potentially be able to develop and enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning drivers up to months in advance of planned disruption to routes and offering alternatives to help save time and money.

Minister for the Future of Transport George Freeman said:

As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams.

Today’s announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.

Working with organisations including local authorities and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) sector, the department will look at introducing legislation to make it easier to access data around the predicted 50,000 yearly road closures building on the government’s commitment to make travelling cleaner and greener, safer, easier and more reliable.

The review will support the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge by considering whether current legislation is fit to maximise the potential of future technologies. Evidence suggests that opening up TRO data could also help with route planning systems for self-driving vehicles, cementing the UK’s position as a world leader in developing self-driving vehicle technology.

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Bollard Group LLC Buys Kimberly-Clark Corp, Coca-Cola Co, Analog Devices Inc, Sells CarGurus …

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in CME Group Inc. The sale prices were between $166.55 and $203.18, with an estimated average price of …

Boston, MA, based Investment company Bollard Group LLC (Current Portfolio) buys Kimberly-Clark Corp, Coca-Cola Co, Analog Devices Inc, Intuit Inc, Xilinx Inc, sells CarGurus Inc, Blueprint Medicines Corp, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, DuPont de Nemours Inc, Westpac Banking Corp during the 3-months ended 2019Q2, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Bollard Group LLC. As of 2019Q2, Bollard Group LLC owns 253 stocks with a total value of $2.9 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

For the details of Bollard Group LLC’s stock buys and sells,go to https://www.gurufocus.com/guru/bollard+group+llc/current-portfolio/portfolio

These are the top 5 holdings of Bollard Group LLC

  1. Boston Scientific Corp (BSX) – 33,516,926 shares, 49.70% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.19%
  2. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 45,180 shares, 2.95% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.44%
  3. Boeing Co (BA) – 178,854 shares, 2.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.47%
  4. Gartner Inc (IT) – 365,784 shares, 2.03% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.32%
  5. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) – 293,946 shares, 1.72% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.58%

New Purchase: Analog Devices Inc (ADI)

Bollard Group LLC initiated holding in Analog Devices Inc. The purchase prices were between $96.07 and $117.29, with an estimated average price of $108.27. The stock is now traded at around $108.59. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.17%. The holding were 44,000 shares as of .

New Purchase: Intuit Inc (INTU)

Bollard Group LLC initiated holding in Intuit Inc. The purchase prices were between $236.93 and $269.08, with an estimated average price of $254.23. The stock is now traded at around $276.24. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.17%. The holding were 19,300 shares as of .

New Purchase: Xilinx Inc (XLNX)

Bollard Group LLC initiated holding in Xilinx Inc. The purchase prices were between $101.03 and $139.72, with an estimated average price of $116.63. The stock is now traded at around $106.09. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.15%. The holding were 37,000 shares as of .

New Purchase: Corteva Inc (CTVA)

Bollard Group LLC initiated holding in Corteva Inc. The purchase prices were between $24.81 and $29.57, with an estimated average price of $27.28. The stock is now traded at around $30.58. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.06%. The holding were 62,681 shares as of .

New Purchase: Antero Midstream Corp (AM)

Bollard Group LLC initiated holding in Antero Midstream Corp. The purchase prices were between $11 and $14.31, with an estimated average price of $12.82. The stock is now traded at around $7.64. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.01%. The holding were 16,264 shares as of .

New Purchase: ShockWave Medical Inc (SWAV)

Bollard Group LLC initiated holding in ShockWave Medical Inc. The purchase prices were between $29.73 and $66.02, with an estimated average price of $48.43. The stock is now traded at around $41.64. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was less than 0.01%. The holding were 200 shares as of .

Added: Kimberly-Clark Corp (KMB)

Bollard Group LLC added to a holding in Kimberly-Clark Corp by 78.65%. The purchase prices were between $121.34 and $137.79, with an estimated average price of $128.9. The stock is now traded at around $141.88. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.18%. The holding were 89,842 shares as of .

Added: Coca-Cola Co (KO)

Bollard Group LLC added to a holding in Coca-Cola Co by 77.04%. The purchase prices were between $46.18 and $51.92, with an estimated average price of $49. The stock is now traded at around $54.11. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.18%. The holding were 234,607 shares as of .

Added: Southern Co (SO)

Bollard Group LLC added to a holding in Southern Co by 22.75%. The purchase prices were between $51.2 and $56.28, with an estimated average price of $53.53. The stock is now traded at around $57.95. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.11%. The holding were 303,094 shares as of .

Added: Emerson Electric Co (EMR)

Bollard Group LLC added to a holding in Emerson Electric Co by 35.45%. The purchase prices were between $60.24 and $73.16, with an estimated average price of $67.01. The stock is now traded at around $58.45. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. The holding were 159,482 shares as of .

Added: BHP Group Ltd (BHP)

Bollard Group LLC added to a holding in BHP Group Ltd by 45.79%. The purchase prices were between $50.65 and $58.21, with an estimated average price of $54.14. The stock is now traded at around $47.61. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. The holding were 157,274 shares as of .

Added: HCP Inc (HCP)

Bollard Group LLC added to a holding in HCP Inc by 58.47%. The purchase prices were between $29.15 and $33.29, with an estimated average price of $31.08. The stock is now traded at around $34.25. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.1%. The holding were 250,602 shares as of .

Sold Out: Blueprint Medicines Corp (BPMC)

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in Blueprint Medicines Corp. The sale prices were between $73.54 and $97.8, with an estimated average price of $82.43.

Sold Out: Antero Midstream Corp (5711)

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in Antero Midstream Corp. The sale prices were between $9.66 and $12.52, with an estimated average price of $11.33.

Sold Out: National Grid PLC (NGG)

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in National Grid PLC. The sale prices were between $48.95 and $55.43, with an estimated average price of $53.06.

Sold Out: CME Group Inc (CME)

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in CME Group Inc. The sale prices were between $166.55 and $203.18, with an estimated average price of $184.28.

Sold Out: Ecopetrol SA (EC)

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in Ecopetrol SA. The sale prices were between $16.39 and $21.97, with an estimated average price of $18.72.

Sold Out: Progressive Corp (PGR)

Bollard Group LLC sold out a holding in Progressive Corp. The sale prices were between $71.53 and $83.34, with an estimated average price of $77.36.

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Domino’s launches e-bike delivery to compete with UberEats, DoorDash

Domino’s could never offer enough menu options to compete with DoorDash or UberEats. But it can compete on service and delivery times.

Domino’s will start using custom electric bikes for pizza delivery through a partnership with Rad Power Bikes, as it aims to become more competitive with on-demand apps like DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats.

Hundreds of e-bikes will be deployed across corporate-owned stores later this year in Baltimore, Houston, Miami and Salt Lake City, the company said Tuesday.

The e-bike announcement comes as Domino’s, which specializes in pizza, faces increasing competition from on-demand delivery apps like UberEats that offer customers far more choice. Domino’s could never offer enough menu options to compete with DoorDash or UberEats, but it can compete on service and delivery times.

The e-bikes are part of that plan. The company has also partnered with companies like Ford to test pizza delivery using autonomous vehicles. Earlier this summer, it launched a new pilot for self-driving pizza delivery in Houston in partnership with Nuro. Domino’s will use Nuro’s R2 vehicle, its second-generation autonomous electric test car, which will go into service later this year.

The e-bikes supplied by Rad Power Bikes are equipped with small integrated motors to assist with pedaling, and can run for 25 to 40 miles, depending on the user, before needing a recharge, according to the company. The bikes are equipped with lights in the front and back, reflective materials for driver safety and have a top assisted speed of 20 miles per hour.

Importantly, the e-bikes have been customized to hold pizza, drinks and sides. One e-bike can hold up to 12 large pizzas.

The company tested the e-bikes and discovered that service and delivery times improved, Tom Curtis, Domino’s executive vice president of corporate operations, said in the announcement. The e-bikes also opened up the labor pool for the company, allowing it to tap into candidates who might not have a car or driver’s license.

Some franchisee owners were already using e-bikes and found they are essential in hilly urban areas.

“While delivery on a traditional bike solved many of our traffic and parking issues, the hills in Seattle were tough on even our best cyclists,” Greg Keller, Seattle Domino’s franchisee said in a press release announcing the e-bike program. “E-bikes were a game-changer for us, and we’ve been delivering with them for three years now. We have been able to save money, provide better service, increase hiring and maintain a happy workforce.”

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