Plans to boost women’s cycling in the U.K. are being hampered by road-safety concerns, squandering the potential benefit from Britain’s two-year stranglehold on the Tour de France, the sport’s elite event.
Louise Ellman, who heads the U.K. Parliament’s Transport Committee, called on the government to delay signing a contract for FirstGroup Plc to run Britain’s premier express rail route instead of Virgin Trains so her committee can probe the deal.
Britain’s insurers should abandon “sharp practices” driving up the cost of auto premiums and the government ought to make it harder for whiplash claims to succeed, according to a House of Commons committee.
The U.K. should consider reducing time for road-accident insurance claims and require whiplash claimants to produce more supporting evidence to prevent fraudulent claims and cut premiums, a panel of lawmakers said.
On a cold January evening last year, Sandy Van Litsenborgh was driving home from work on an icy side street in Whitechapel , east London. Unable to pass an oncoming motorist because the street was too narrow, she reversed to let the car past and hit a Vauxhall Vectra parked behind her.