Pirelli representatives attended a procedural hearing at Carlisle Crown Court on 6 October in the ongoing case related to death of George Falder. The hearing saw the judge sets the timescales for the next steps of the case.
Only days after five companies were fined a total of €953 million for participating in a cartel within the automotive bearing market, the European Commission has reported its concerns that a number of companies in the automotive exhaust systems segment may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels, restrictive business practices and/or abuse of a dominant market position. On 25 March, officials from the European Commission undertook unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in this sector. The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.
Following a spate of cyclist fatalities on the roads of London, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has repeated its call for “more to be done” to improve the safety of cyclists on our streets, in a written submission to the House of Commons Transport Committee’s ‘Cycling safety: follow up’ inquiry.
A fitter killed in a tyre explosion in 2006 died an “accidental death”, according to the jury at an inquest into the incident. Matthew Hoare was 21 when the earthmover tyre he was repairing blew up, throwing him 15ft into a metal wall and killing him instantly.
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, has been named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his work campaigning for 20mph limits in his constituency and across the UK.
The GO 20 coalition, launched by Brake in Road Safety Week 2012, calling for 20mph to become the norm across built-up areas, so children and adults can walk and cycle for their health and enjoyment, and for cheap and sustainable travel, without being or feeling endangered.
The Serious Fraud Office has been asked to consider whether there should be a criminal investigation into the collapse of MG Rover, after an inquiry into the demise of the MG Rover Group on in April 2005 owing creditors nearly £1.3 billion.
(Akron/Tire Review) News reports say that the European Commission has extended the deadline for its inquiry into Continental AG’s proposed 11.4 billion euro acquisition of Siemens AG’s VDO automotive electronics unit to November 29. The original deadline was November 15.
The European Commission has announced that its inquiry deadline for Continental AG’s proposed 11.4 billion euro acquisition of the VDO Automotive Division from Siemens has been set for November 15. No further details were given at the time.
(Akron/Tire Review) Forex Global News has reported that the European Commission has set May 29 as the deadline to complete its investigation into the proposed sale of Bandag Inc. to Bridgestone Americas Holding. The $1.05 billion deal is expected to close by the end of the quarter.
Bandag has considerable business in Europe, prompting the EU Commission’s involvement. The deal has already been approved by U.S. authorities.
The directors of MG Rover are to face a full inquiry into their accounts and management of the collapsed car maker, The Times has reported. The inquiry, to be led by Guy Newey, QC, was ordered by Alan Johnson, the Trade and Industry Secretary, after a preliminary inquiry for the Department of Trade and Industry raised concerns. Witnesses can be forced to give evidence to the inquiry.
An unnamed 19-year-old man has died after a tyre exploded while he was inflating it at his workplace. The man was working at a tyre firm in Cleland, Lanarkshire when the tyre threw him backwards into a wall, the BBC has reported.
The NHTSA has turned down a request by Firestone to open an inquiry into a possible vehicle fault on the Ford Explorer. Firestone alleges that the Explorer has a greater propensity to roll over than other SUVs. The NHTSA admits that SUVs have a higher tendency to roll than other vehicles, but is adamant that the data held by the organisation does not substantiate Firestone’s claim regarding the Explorer.