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AA Driving School and BSM to roll out cycle awareness module to all instructors

New Drivers To Be Taught Cycle Safety

AA Driving School and BSM with support from the Driving Standards Agency and Department for Transport are to focus on cycling to improving road safety.

Two of the UK's biggest driving schools are today committing to teach all new drivers cycle safety. An innovative training module to ensure a standardised approach to safe driving around cyclists will be rolled out.

AA Driving School and BSM have committed to making sure all their instructors cover vital skills about driving around cyclists. The move comes in the light of the AA's commitment to breaking down the barriers between cyclists and motorists.

All driving instructors from both schools will take a module to teach drivers how to drive safely around cyclists. They will also be given a worksheet about safe driving around cyclists for their pupils to use.

The driving schools are committed to improving road safety by radically reducing the 107 killed and 3,087 seriously injured on the roads in 2011.

AA Driving School and BSM, as part of AA Driving Services, make up the largest provider of new driver training in the country.

said: "I am personally committed to breaking down the 'Two Tribes' attitude displayed between some drivers and cyclists. Often we are the same people. I am delighted to announce that two of the biggest driving schools, AA and BSM, will be working to bring harmony on the roads between drivers and cyclists.

"This new module means we now have a standardised approach to teaching learners how to drive safely around cyclists from two of the country's leading driving schools. I am convinced that this initiative will change attitudes and save lives."

The training content has been developed with input from key members of the cycling community.

The module for instructors covers some 'do's and don'ts' for driving around cyclists, as well as useful resource links and guidance on how to teach pupils the best way to drive with cyclists.

The pupil worksheet sets out the facts about cyclists on the roads and encourages learners to think about the care, courtesy and consideration they should afford cyclists. It also highlights conversation topics to have with their instructor to aid their understanding.
Mark Peacock, head of BSM, said: "Successfully teaching a learner to drive safely around cyclists means instilling a good attitude, as well as, the necessary practical driving skills.

"It can be intimidating and confusing for learners the first few times they come across a cyclist. Understanding why cyclists behave in certain ways, such as avoiding potholes or how they are affected in strong winds, is key to being safe around them.

"Ultimately, we want to make sure that when someone learns with BSM they can be totally assured that when they pass their test they will be equipped to cope safety amongst all other road users."

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For more information please contact:

Lorna Catling
E: [email protected]
T: 01256 495969

Drive A G40R At A Local Track Day

Ginetta will be visiting race tracks across the UK over the coming months as they take their G40R to a number of track days – and invite you to come and have a go!

As the ultimate track day car, Ginetta's 'race car for the road' comes equipped with a 200bhp Ford Duratec engine, a full MSA approved chassis and fully adjustable suspension, whilst weighing in at less than 900kg – it offers great excitement when on circuit.

Whether a track day enthusiast, experienced competitor or simply someone interested in seeing what the Ginetta G40R has to offer; Ginetta's track day invitation is extended to anyone with a road car licence.

Drivers will be coached throughout their session by Mike Simpson, Ginetta Factory Driver and Head of Sales, who said; "Ginetta are keen to bring the public closer to what we have to offer, and by inviting drivers to join us on circuit gives us the perfect platform to showcase what the G40R can do.

"We can tell people how great the cars are all day long, but in reality, the only way to really communicate this is by letting people come and have a go – which is exactly what we have set out to achieve over the coming months."

A proven racer, the G40R has enjoyed success in a number of races – in 2010 to celebrate the launch of the car, Ginetta's factory outfit, Team LNT, entered and won class honours in the Britcar 24 Hour, impressively having driven from their Leeds base to Silverstone, where they qualified, raced, won and drove home again.

Eligible for entry into a number of race series around the UK – including Ginetta's own single-make championship, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge – factory driver Mike Simpson competed and claimed victory in the MSVR Team Trophy at Cadwell Park in July 2012.

Sharing a number of characteristics with its G40 racing sibling, which can be seen in the aforementioned Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge as well as the Ginetta Junior Championship, don't miss out on the chance to experience the thrill of the G40R.

The next session is set to take place at Oulton Park on May 29; anyone wishing to take part should contact [email protected] for further information and to book their place.

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For more information please contact:

Ruth Harrison
Ginetta PR
T: 0113 385 4165
E: [email protected]

New chairman for the BVRLA…..

Peter Cakebread is the new chairman of the BVRLA. He takes over from Hertz's Neil Cunningham, who has stepped down after completing his two-year term.

A Cambridge economics graduate, Peter is currently managing director of Marshall Leasing. He has helped steer the work of the BVRLA for more than a decade, chairing its Leasing and Fleet Management Committee between 2007 and 2009. More recently, he was part of the selection panel that recruited the BVRLA's new chief executive, Gerry Keaney.

"It has been a pleasure working with Neil, particularly as we have similar views on most things," said Cakebread, who has already identified some priorities for the association.

"I want to ensure that the BVRLA punches its weight in government circles and is the first port of call for policymakers when they are drawing up new laws that could affect our sector. In a world where legislation comes thick and fast it is vital that we get involved at the earliest stage.

"Coming from a position of running one of the association's smaller members, I also want to ensure that what we do benefits all members. I feel confident that we can do that for both the rental and leasing sectors."

New leasing and fleet management chairman:
Keith Allen, managing director of ARI Fleet UK, is the new chairman of the BVRLA's Leasing and Fleet Management Committee. He replaces Simon Oliphant of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, who becomes vice-chairman following a two-year stint leading the committee.

Keith brings more than 17 years of experience in the industry, having spent 13 years as managing director of ALD Automotive.

"We always have plenty of challenges to deal with on the committee and I can already see that my time as chairman won't be any different. We have new lease accounting rules on the horizon, major reorganisation at the DVLA and some key messages to get through to government on how the business car tax regime needs to change.

"We need to tackle these issues while ensuring that it is business as usual as far as the leasing and fleet management industry's customers are concerned."

Huxford takes the leasing broker helm:
Paul Huxford of PHVC Vehicle Management has replaced Fleet Alliance's Martin Brown as chairman of the BVRLA Leasing Broker Committee.

"I am proud to be taking over the committee in such good shape," said Huxford.

"I hope to continue the work that Martin Brown started in improving relationships with motor manufacturers and funders. We also have to get to grips with the introduction of the new Financial Conduct Authority, which will have a major impact on the leasing broker sector."

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Please visit www.bvrla.co.uk to find out more

Ginetta Announce Details Of 2014 Junior Scholarship

Teenagers across the UK are once again being given the chance to win a fully-funded season in the Ginetta Junior Championship for 2014, after Ginetta have unveiled the date and venue for their annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship.

Set to take place at Bedford Autodrome on 28/29/30 October 2013, the Ginetta Junior Scholarship offers ambitious young races born between 01/01/1998 and 21/03/2000, a unique chance to get behind the wheel of one of the most prestigious junior race cars in the UK, with one-on-one tuition from qualified instructors, including kart and car racing star, Mike Simpson.

Ginetta Chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson said; "Our Ginetta Junior Scholarship never fails to uncover raw racing talent from kids across the UK. We have so many entrants who have what it takes to be a racing driver, that it's extremely difficult to select just one winner. I am looking forward to seeing a high calibre of entrants once again."

The prize will see one youngster given the use of a Ginetta G40 Junior Race Car for 2014, their championship entry and official testing fees all paid for, as well as the full support of a team to run the car, a season supply of race tyres and race fuel, their test and race day insurance covered, as well as an official Ginetta championship race suit.

In order to be in with a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime prize, entrants will attend one of the two qualification days – either 28th or 29th October – during which their driving, media and fitness skills will be tested.

The on-track assessment will include everything from a basic assessment of clutch, throttle, brake and steering control to full speed circuit driving, and whilst race experience is not essential, it is beneficial for drivers to be familiar with the controls of a manual car.

The top drivers from each qualification day will then go through to the final, where they will undertake further driving and more in depth media assessments, after which, the winner of the coveted prize will be announced.

Last year's winner, Jamie Chadwick, has enjoyed great success in her maiden year of car racing, and has attracted much press attention both on and off the track – having become the subject of a CBBC documentary, as well as numerous press articles.

Jamie Chadwick said; "The Ginetta Junior Scholarship has enabled me to fulfil my ambition of becoming a racing driver as well as gain great media exposure in the process. It's a fantastic opportunity for young people to get into motorsport through a very exciting and testing event which is run to very professional standards.

"The atmosphere was friendly but competitive, with growing tensions as the selection process reached the elimination stages, but it is one I would recommend to anyone looking for a way into the sport."

Jamie's father, Michael Chadwick added; "It's a huge step up from karting, and the scale of the Ginetta Series; supporting the British Touring Cars at major circuits, on live TV, in front of huge crowds, is motorsport at its best. Without hesitation, we would recommend both the Junior Scholarship and the Junior Championship to budding young racers and their families. No one knows where it might lead, but as a life experience, it's unrivalled. Good luck to all who enter."
Another success story comes from Oliver Basey-Fisher, who won the scholarship for the 2012 season, enjoying podium appearances in his first weekend in the Junior Championship, before moving onto the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge for 2013, and challenging for the title with a string of three podiums in the season opener.

Oliver added; "The Ginetta Junior Scholarship is simply the perfect way to get into car racing. Not only does it introduce you into the racing world, it also gives you a fantastic base to build upon. This has been proven by the previous two scholarship winners, and now during this year, myself. Last year I ma

The last printed edition of the iconic Auto Trader magazine to be published in June

TRADER Media Group has announced it will cease publishing its iconic Auto Trader magazine, with the last printed edition of Auto Trader to be published in June after years of declining sales.

The weekly magazine is to be axed nearly four decades after it first landed, with another four titles – Top Marques, Truck and Plant, Van Trader and Farm Trader – also to close their print editions.

Auto Trader’s circulation has plummeted from peak sales of 368,000 in 2000 to just 27,000 last month, as car buyers headed online – and the Auto Trader website took off.

The final issue of the magazines will be published on 28 June 2013 and will be available in a five page front cover pull out collector’s edition, featuring the most popular cars from the last 36 years. A limited ‘digital’ edition – a magazine cover incorporating video content – will also be available as part of a competition hosted on autotrader.co.uk in June.

Zillah Byng Maddick, interim CEO at Trader Media Group, said in a statement: ‘Trader Media Group’s magazines have played a key role in the Group’s 36 year heritage and we are very proud of the market position our brands have achieved during that period.’

Trader Media Group confirmed the decision will mean 150 job losses across the five titles. The move means Auto Trader will now solely exist online, and the site receives more than 11 million unique visitors each month to its website and over three and a half million access the mobile site.

Maddick added: ‘With a marked shift by consumers and dealers to online platforms as a means of accessing information and buying and selling vehicles, we continue to innovate to ensure that we offer them the products and services they require through their channels of choice.’

IMI Professional Register Now Live!

The IMI's Professional Register is now live and searchable by motorists at www.imiregister.org.uk. If you are ATA registered or a member of the IMI, it is more than likely that your name and place of work will be displayed. Because of this, the IMI is calling on all automotive professionals that are listed on the register to check and, if necessary, update their details to make the most of the opportunities it provides.

Developed by the IMI and backed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Professional Register is central to the IMI's vision for the UK automotive retail industry. By acting as a voluntary licence to practise, the IMI is aiming to use the register to help the sector improve its image by changing public perception, as well as increasing consumer confidence by ensuring that the industry has a skilled, competent and professional workforce.

Steve Nash, the IMI's Chief Executive and former BMW (UK) Aftersales Director, comments:
"The industry is not licensed at this point in time and anyone can set themselves up as specialists with no real qualifications. At present these people are on a level playing field with those who have made an investment in proper training and professionalism, which is not good for the retail motor industry. The Professional Register allows the public to differentiate between people who are investing in training and development and those who do not, placing skills at the heart of our industry.

"I believe that the more people that sign up to the Professional Register in the automotive industry, the greater chance we have for improving perceptions of professionalism, both on an individual and business level. It is a bold and correct move on the part of the IMI and the sector and I believe that it will change the face of the industry, giving skilled and competent professionals the credit they deserve."

To help professional registrants maintain their skills and knowledge, the IMI has developed a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses through key partnerships. These courses can be accessed by the whole sector as well as helping individuals meet the requirements set out by the Professional Register. Many of the courses are unique and include provision from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, SCANIA and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as a host of specialist automotive training providers including Calex UK and PAR Training.

In addition, an Employer Recognition Scheme is also available to support businesses that have at least half their staff professionally registered. To find out more, visit www.theimi.org.uk/ers. A consumer campaign promoting the register to motorists will also be rolled out later this year.

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