On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldn’t even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing spilled out on to the road, and there were large patches of blood on the asphalt. Twelve of the 14 labourers died. Only two days before, also in Foggia, four labourers had died in a similar accident: 16 dead in 48 hours. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a … [Read more...] about Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
Really cheap car insurance for young drivers
The cost of getting on the road in Berkshire has been revealed - and most of it is being footed by parents. Getting a driving licence and first car offers a real sense of freedom, meaning teenagers no longer need to rely on their parents or public transport to get about, but it's not cheap. Statistics from the price-comparison website GoCompare have detailed the steep costs of getting on the road across the UK. Nationally, the research revealed the cost of getting a young driver on the road has climbed to £6,959 - meaning that in Reading, Berkshire the barriers to driving are higher than average. It is likely to cost young drivers in Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham an average of £6,975 to get on the road - but that's only if they have 20 lessons, take one theory test and manage to pass first time! The analysis looked at the cheapest insurance premiums quoted to customers in each area to calculate the average. It then took into account the amount people spend on their first … [Read more...] about The eye-watering costs for first time drivers in Berkshire
We have a 142 Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi (40,000kms) and an 04 Renault Megane 1.5 dCi (180,000 miles). Obviously the Megane is now worthless. Unsure whether to trade in Duster and Megane or maybe just Megane if I got a scrappage scheme. Both cars do low mileage: approx 40km daily. We have three young children. We were thinking of getting a seven-seater and then maybe a small one-litre car for second, for low tax/insurance etc. Would think the Duster now is worth around €10k and then max budget of another €20k for family car such as the Skoda Kodiaq, but unsure I can afford it. What year? If I hold on to the Duster now, I will lose nearly all its trade-in value over next couple of years. I usually hold a new car for five years. But this year, I need to change the second car, too, as have it for 13 years and is starting to cause some trouble. What ideas/suggestions would you have? Gillian: The Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater is only out since January 2017, so a 171 is out of … [Read more...] about Switch’n’ swap; €45k SUV; €5,000 budget; Baby on the way; Is electric for me?
THE number of teenagers learning to drive has dropped by 20 per cent in ten years, dealing a crashing blow to the UK car industry. A Sun on Sunday investigation can reveal almost 80,000 fewer 17-year-olds took their test last year compared with 2008. The number of teenage boys getting their L-plates fell by a quarter. Experts say the decline — combined with the rise of cheap Ubers, the phasing out of diesel engines and the advent of driverless vehicles — is dangerously denting car production. The industry has stalled from its peak worth of £5.8billion in 2013 to just £588million last year, when only 1.52million cars were produced — a five-year low. Greg Marsden, chair of the Commission on Travel Demand, said: “Many young people are happy without a car, especially in big cities where public transport is good.” Facts and figures 20% fall in teenage learners in ten years 1,500 cost of lessons and test 4,000 cost of insurance for teens Driving test … [Read more...] about Why teens avoid learning to drive with £4k insurance and £1.5k lessons in blow for UK car industry