BRITISH car buyers are turning to electric cars in record numbers to beat petrol and diesel taxes and bans.But many are put off by limited range and struggling to find somewhere to charge. Here’s everything you need to know about owning an electric car.Where can you find electric car charging stations?Finding a local charging point is vital to be able to keep your car topped up.One of the best resources is to visit Zap Map which has a rundown of public points across the UK including the type of charger available. It also relies on firms or drivers to report issues in case points are out of action or broken.It estimates there are around 13,000 connectors across 4,000 locations currently available.Many businesses will also have charging points so check with your office. And why not consider getting a home charger installed so you can plug it in overnight.Petrol stations will also soon have charging points under law and Shell has already rolled out its first plug-in points.How much … [Read more...] about Where can you find electric car charging stations, how much do they cost to charge and which cars for sale in the UK have the best range?
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BRITISH buyers are turning to electric cars in record numbers to beat petrol and diesel taxes and bans.But many are put off by limited range and struggling to find somewhere to charge. Here's everything you need to know about owning an electric car.Where can you find electric car charging stations?Finding a local charging point is vital to be able to keep your car topped up.One of the best resources is to visit Zap Map which has a rundown of public points across the UK including the type of charger available. It also relies on firms or drivers to report issues in case points are out of action or broken.It estimates there are around 13,000 connectors across 4,000 locations currently available.Many businesses will also have charging points so check with your office. And why not consider getting a home charger installed so you can plug it in overnight?Petrol stations will also soon have charging points under law and Shell has already rolled out its first plug-in points.Chancellor Philip … [Read more...] about Where can you find electric car charging points, how much do they cost to charge and which cars for sale in the UK have the best range?
CHILDCARE can be an expensive business and parents often worry about the cost of paying for their kids to be looked after.Here's everything you need to known about the childcare vouchers scheme available to most mums and dads.The childcare vouchers scheme is a government-run and tax-free way of paying for your childcare costs.It allows employees to exchange part of their gross salary for vouchers, meaning it is tax free and exempt from national insurance contributions.Most employers, both big and small, run a childcare vouchers scheme for their employees who are parents.All registered childcare providers should accept the vouchers and these include nurseries, nannies, childminders, after-school clubs, creches and holiday play schemes.Most working parents with a child under the age of 15 are eligible to claim childcare vouchers.To claim them, contact your HR or personnel department and ask them how you can join the scheme.However, not all employers can offer the scheme and self-employed … [Read more...] about Childcare vouchers explained – how does the scheme work, who can claim them and how much could I save?
Many drivers will have seen their red fuel light flash on and carried on to their destination without stopping to fill-up at least once. But some seem to be pushing it a little too far - with some being responsible for a spate of traffic jams in Derbyshire in recent weeks. Whether the motorists in question intended to cause such disruption is open to debate - but it is something that Derbyshire police take a dim view of. Drivers who run out of fuel on a motorway or dual carriageway and move their vehicle out of the way of the flow of traffic onto the hard shoulder do not face any action. But those who stop while on the road, blocking traffic, can be issued with a ticket for causing an obstruction. When we fill up varies from driver to driver. Some of us instantly refuel once the needle on the gauge goes below half-way. However, there are some motorists who wait until the warning light comes on before deciding that a visit to the nearest filling station is in order. But when this light … [Read more...] about How much further can I drive after my fuel warning light comes on?
A REPORT tackling the soaring costs of insurance premiums was last night welcomed – but it will take two years before it is fully implemented.The Cost of Insurance Working Group’s report made 33 recommendations across six main areas to put a halt to spiralling charges that have caused chaos for businesses and private citizens.Insurers hailed Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Junior Minister Eoghan Murphy’s work which looked at protecting the consumer, reducing the costs of claims, tackling fraud and uninsured driving, promoting road safety and improving the flow of data.But Minister Murphy warned: “There is no silver bullet to reduce the cost of insurance.”The first portion of the report is due for completion at the end of March, with a progress report planned for June, and a completion date of late 2018.A source said: “This is an extremely complex issue, this cannot be fixed in the morning but work is well underway, every tree has been … [Read more...] about Report tackling rip-off car insurance premiums will take two years to be implemented
BRITAIN’S oldest airline Monarch collapsed yesterday, sparking the country’s biggest peacetime repatriation.We've put together a number of question and answers to help understand just exactly what happened to Monarch Airlines. Why did Monarch go down?Essentially Monarch had an outdated business model – and then some of its key markets such as Tunisia evaporated in the wake of terror attacks.This left it reliant on countries such as Spain where competition from other airlines was fierce.Monarch has tried to operate in both the budget airline and leisure sectors without success. Dr Neil Robinson, tourism expert from the University of Salford Business School, explains: “They have had no clear market to focus on and have been unable to tailor their offer enough for either.” Why was there no warning that this would happen?Any announcement about potential insolvency proceedings would have been self-fulfilling and hastened Monarch’s demise according to … [Read more...] about What happened to Monarch Airlines and how can I get my money back?
DRINK driving is to blame for a staggering amount of deaths and serious injuries on British roads every year.To mark 50 years since the first roadside breath test, here's all the information you need about UK laws...The drink drive limit differs in the UK depending on if you are in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.Government guidelines state that the limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.In Scotland the limits are 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 22 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 67 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.With just 10mg per 100ml of blood you are 37 per cent more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than when sober.There are several factors that can impact upon how much alcohol is absorbed … [Read more...] about What is the UK drink driving limit, how many units of alcohol can you have legally and when was the first roadside breath test?
After suffering through nearly a week of torrential downpours and record-breaking floods, Germany and Europe are just starting to clean up and calculate the damages. Everywhere one looks, the heavy rainfall and unseasonable storms have left a trail of chaos and destruction. Both private and public property has been ruined, agricultural land has been destroyed, and the infrastructure in large parts of Europe has come to a standstill. "The full extent of damage is not yet definable," said Manfred Goedecke, director of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, to reporters on Wednesday. The losses are incalculable for households and businesses in the regions most hardest hit. And of course the damage also effects the insurance industry, which suddenly sees itself forced to pay out large sums of money to policy holders at a time when the industry itself is treading water. Uncertain cost forecasts Allianz and many other insurers in Europe are reluctant to say how much the recent weather … [Read more...] about Insurers Stuck in the Rain
Insurance companies in Germany have, for the most part, been shy to use the Internet to sell insurance and let customers manage their own policies. But not Friendsurance: The insurance newcomer has based its entire commercial concept on the power of the Internet and Web 2.0 social networking. "It's a unique business model, not just in Germany but worldwide, as far as we know," said Tim Kunde, one of the managing directors of Friendsurance responsible for product development. "In general, our service targets all people who want to reduce their insurance costs. But we think it will be particularly appealing to young people who have an affinity with the Internet and social networks." Keeping it in the family That could well be the case. Grandmas and grandpas aren't likely to log on and sign up for the service on their own - unless, perhaps, their grandkids persuade them to join. That's the gimmick behind Friendsurance. It relies on communities of trusted family members and … [Read more...] about German dotcom eyes community of insurance buddies
Tom Szaky realized that waste is valuable as a student in New Jersey, when he saw how much garbage was, well, wasted. He wondered what could be done with the valuable materials that were simply being thrown away. Eleven years later, his company "TerraCycle" has 120 employees, and works together with partners in many countries to show that trash is not just trash. "Did you know that in Germany 95 percent of the garbage collected in the yellow recycling bins gets burned because it costs more to recycle?" he asks with a grin. The gathered journalists seem shocked. Re-cycling, literally But Szaky, too, had been shocked to discover this, and today among the things TerraCycle collects are aerosol containers from the German drugstore chain DM. The recovered metal is turned into bicycles. The recycling is financed by companies who want to improve their environmental performance. TerraCycle counts 150 large companies worldwide as its partners. Skazy is a textbook social entrepreneur. He … [Read more...] about Tackling social problems with business solutions