What the papers say: November 11

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What Car? Staff
11 Nov 2008 9:50 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

What car-related news is making the national press today? Find out here with our daily review.

Labour's u-turn on road tax
Government plans to charge millions of motorists increased vehicle excise duty will be shelved, according to the Telegraph. The delay in implementing the increases is said to be part of Gordon Brown's tax-cutting package to help boost the troubled economy. Ordinary family saloons face rises of up to 245 a year.
The Telegraph
Read more on the calls to scrap VED rises
Update: read the latest on moves to delay VED road tax increases

Car dealerships announce losses
The company that own car dealerships such as Stratstone and Evans Halshaw has said it is expecting to make a loss before exceptionals of 30 million for 2008. Pendragon has cut its workforce by 20%, and by the end of the year will have closed 75 dealerships since June 2007.
The Guardian
Find out more information on Pendragon's problems here

Speed camera early warning
The Times reports on a new device that will help drivers alert fellow motorists to the presence of hidden speed cameras. A quick flick of a switch will mark the camera on a satellite-positioning device. Safety groups claim the device will undermine the police.
The Times

One in five foreign drivers breaking the law
The Telegraph tells us that a fifth of foreign drivers stopped by the police are in breach of UK motoring law a figure that is nearly double the number of UK offenders. The figures were revealed in a report published by the Department for Transport.
The Telegraph
See more figures from the DfT report

PC brigade axe roadside snacks
Disturbing news from the Daily Mail. The paper claims that drivers will be denied their traditional roadside burger and chips if Guildford Borough Council gets its way. They want greasy takeaways in lay-bys to be closed if they fail to offer healthier alternatives such as salads and yoghurts.
The Daily Mail