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Truckers are being warned abouta dangerous new tactic beingemployed by criminals running‘crash for cash’ fraud rings.Flashing headlights to enticeinnocent truckers into the path ofa deliberate collision at junctionsor while exiting fuel stations hasemerged as a worrying trendsince the turn of the year. As police, insurers andauthorities clamp down on thetraditional modus operandiof roundabout rear-endaccidents, automotive anti-fraudinvestigation specialist, APU,
has identied the new, more
Flash for crash
Dubbed ‘ash for crash’ by
APU’s team of former-police
ocers and forensic data
investigators, the new tacticmakes it harder for an innocentparty to prove fault in the eventof a legal dispute.Some 380 false insuranceclaims are made daily, costingthe motor industry £1.7m ayear and pushing up insurancepremiums.“It is yet another exampleof how criminal gangs arebecoming more sophisticatedand attempting to stay onestep ahead of suspicion,” saysNeil Thomas, APU’s director ofinvestigative services and formerDetective Inspector of WestMidlands Police.
“The adoption of ashing
headlights and beckoning thedriver results in a ‘your wordagainst mine’ situation when itcomes to apportioning blame.
By appearing to oer the right
of way, the criminal simplycontinues his journey into acollision, holding the victimat fault for turning across himwhich, of course, cannot bedenied under law.”In the more traditional rear-endshunt, criminals deliberatelycause accidents by brakingsharply in front of victims for noreason. They often also removebrake lights in order to reducethe victim’s reaction time.The latest tactic sees cars lyingin wait for victims to exit fromshops, car parks or fuel stations.
Right of way
The fraudster ashes theirheadlights, oering the victim a
right of way to join a main road,but then speeds up to ensuretheir car is hit side-on.The Insurance Fraud Bureau iscurrently investigating 49 rings,responsible for around £66million in false claims. In the
ve years since its inception,
APU has been instrumental inthe successful conclusion ofsome of the biggest motor fraudcases ever prosecuted in theUK, including the sentencing offraudster Masi Naqshbandi, whowas jailed for seven years andthree months for staging 260fake accidents over a 15-monthperiod, netting around £6.5million in false insurance claims.Thomas said that, while truckersshould be vigilant for anysuspicious activity on the road,they should, at all times, maintaintheir concentration on the basicrules of safe driving.
‘Flash for crash’tactic on the rise
VOLVO’S NEW TRUCKSBUILT FOR THE WORLD’STOUGHEST CONDITIONS
The Volvo FH16 - Volvo’snew truck for heavy long-haul operations - has beentested in the toughest of allenvironments: Australia. Overa period of two days, it was putthrough its paces by journalistsBrian Weatherley and SteveBrooks, both of whom havemany years of experience in thetransport industry.Australia’s operating conditionsare demanding in many ways:the distances are vast, the roadsare challenging, the speedlimits are high and the payloadsare heavy. The long distancesmean that Australian driversaverage ve nights a week intheir trucks, which imposes highdemands on in-cab workingconditions and after-workcomfort.Comprehensive tests of thenew FH series were carried outin Australia from the earliestdevelopment phase. Now,however, it was time for twohighly experienced motoringjournalists to see how the newtruck measures up on Australianroads. The test vehicle wasa 700 hp FH16 tted with aGlobetrotter XL cab.The rst thing to be tested wasthe space inside the new cab.Brian and Steve prepared fortheir two-day trip by packing thetruck with essential supplies,including lots of water, food andovernight clothing.“There’s no lack of storagecapacity. Since the cab’sA-pillars are now more upright,there is increased storage spaceand the cab now offers 1 cubicmetre greater interior volume– and you can really feel thedifference when you move aboutinside,” says Brian.The journey went fromBrisbane to Toowoomba via themountainous Cunningham Gapand threw in some truly toughdriving on the route.“It was exciting and mostdenitely a challenge. The roadsand the speeds in this area arevery different to anything I’veencountered elsewhere, so mydriving skills were truly put tothe test,” adds Brian.
A9 average speedcameras: heavy goods vehicles
Following comments made byChief Secretary to the Treasury,Danny Alexander in a letter toScottish Transport Minister KeithBrown, attacking plans to taverage speed cameras along a136-mile stretch of the A9 up toInverness, and earlier commentsby a Transport Scotlandspokesperson about freightindustry support for the speedcamera trial, RoadHaulage Association policyadviser for Scotland, DavidEaglesham, has said: “We agreethat slow moving HGVs causeproblems on the A9 due to thecurrent lorry speed limit.
“I should also make it absolutelyclear that while average speedcameras may help improvesafety on the A9, the RoadHaulage Association maintainsthat a vital component of thepackage to reduce accidents isto set the HGV limit at 50mphon single carriageway A-roadstretches with this limit strictlyenforced. 40 mph on such roads– where the 60 mph nationalspeed limit for cars applies –is a wholly inappropriate, outof date limit for 21st centurylorries.“No wonder motorists feelfrustrated in a queue behindan HGV travelling at around 40mph. These stretches of roadon the A9 are prime examplesof the need for change, howeverthe RHA rmly believes that this40mph limit needs raised to50mph across all such A-roadsin Great Britain.”With a marked improvement infuel efciency and after a longterm trial of the revolutionaryAirtab aerodynamic system,supermarket giant Morrison’shas decided to roll out acomplete tment of the Airtabsystem across their entire eetwhich will take place over aneight-week period.Each Airtab producestwo vortices of air, eachapproximately four to ve timesthe height of the Airtab andseveral feet in length.These tight swirls of air “bridgethe gap” between tractor andtrailer greatly enhancing thevehicles aerodynamics andsaving fuel.
Airtabs’ big win with Morrison’s
New Corgi catalogue coming soon
Corgi has announced the forthcoming unveiling of the brand newJanuary–June 2014 catalogue showcasing all of the forthcoming newreleases planned for 2014. It is packed full with new additions to thefavourite ranges including some exciting new tooling, 2014 is set to bea great year for all things die-cast.The new range will be revealed via the Corgi website and social mediasites (Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr) at 9am on Monday September 16.New catalogues will also be available to purchase from your local Corgistockist of via the Corgi website (http://www.corgi.co.uk/)
Each Airtab produces two vortices of air, each approximately four tove times the height of the Airtab and several feet in length
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