A MOTORIST has been hit with at least ten speeding fines in his own street - and every time his car has been completely stationary. The New Orleans resident is constantly being issued with fines because the parking spot where he leaves his pick-up truck is directly in the path of a speed camera. Donald Schulz parks his truck legally outside his house on Canal Boulevard, but has copped the blame on more than ten occasions since 2011 when another motorist has broken the 35mph speed limit. If another driver happens to speed through the section of road, Schulz's registration plate often gets picked up by the camera and automatically sends the fine to him instead. Each time the unlucky motorist is sent a fine of between £52-£77 ($75-$110). And even Schulz's family have been affected by the camera blunder, as both his wife and sister have fallen victim to the mishap with their own cars in the past. Schulz told Fox News: “It’s a nuisance. I've had to take time out of my … [Read more...] about This driver’s parked pick-up truck keeps getting fined by traffic cameras – for speeding!
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FORD has recalled 350,000 cars over fears they could roll off while parked. Two separate issues were revealed by the car giant with one driver already injured in an accident. The first recall affects nearly 350,000 pickups and SUVs built in the US in 2018. Vehicles could move with no warning on the dashboard even when park was selected on the gearstick if the handbrake wasn't on. The recall affects 2018 F-150, F-650 and F-750 trucks and 2018 Expeditions equipped with six- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. Dealers will inspect the vehicles to ensure that the shift cable locking clip was properly installed. If not, mechanics will secure the locking clip free of charge. Cars were made at Ford's factories in Dearborn, Kansas City, Kentucky and Ohio. Ford have been asked to comment on how many cars have made it to Europe and the UK but numbers will be small, if any. The second related recall targets just 161 F-150s and Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators and Ford Mustangs equipped with … [Read more...] about Ford recalls 350,000 SUVs, pick-up trucks and Mustangs over fears cars could roll off while parked
PICK-UPS are big business - and getting bigger all the time. Around 50,000 were sold in the UK last year, a number that is expected to swell further in the years ahead, writes William Scholes. The majority are bought in a double-cab format, meaning you get car-like passenger space and a still-decent load bay as well as the sheer toughness, towing strength and off-road ability - most offer four-wheel-drive - with which pick-ups are synonymous. Much of the growth in the sector has come from so-called lifestyle buyers. They have been won over by the same attributes which have traditionally made them attractive to the farmers, builders and other trade professionals for whom a pick-up is as much a work tool as it is a means of transport. So while a pick-up may be of use to your trade, deciding to park one on your driveway may not be the only reason that you need one if your hobbies include towing things hefty enough to defeat even most large SUVs - a big boat or horse box, for example - or … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz X-Class: The truck gets a premium pick-up
3 Ever since Marty McFly came back to the future to find a black Toyota SR5 Xtracab in the garage, I have found there to be something irresistibly cool about pick-up trucks. Clearly I’m not alone, because in 2017 demand for new pick-ups defied a declining market, eventually posting an increase of almost 8 per cent to 51,415 units when registrations of both vans and passenger cars were down. Whether those buyers were inspired by the world’s greatest time travel adventure (no arguments, please) or simply needed the practicality that comes with a massive load bed and plenty of off-road ability is unclear, but what we do know is that if they are business users they can run their pick-up in a very cost-efficient way. Vehicle Excise Duty of pick-ups, for example, is fixed at £240 per year regardless of engine size, while Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation for a 20 per cent tax payer is just £54 per month. Compare a double cab pick-up such as the Isuzu D-Max … [Read more...] about Isuzu D-Max Huntsman review: can a lavishly equipped pick-up be a cheap substitute for an SUV?
NOW here’s a question for all fans of big pick-up trucks — you know, those wonderful utility/leisure vehicles that Americans love to build very large indeed. How tough is our very own Nissan Navara, the beefy European pick-up that in its latest guise swept to the top spot by scooping an international pick-up award? Well, according to one Nissan employee — PR man Mindaugas Plukys, who lives in Vilnius, Lithuania, and works for Nissan as part of the communications team in the Baltic region — the Navara is tops. Recently, Plukys believed so much in the Navara that he entered one in this winter’s Dakar Rally — one of the world’s toughest endurance rallies. His 2017 Nissan Navara was fitted with some extras to ensure it would be able to survive the 9,000km journey with multiple off-road stages. But basically, Plukys’ ride was the same as the Navara I have been driving this week, and fitted with a factory … [Read more...] about Truck picks up vote of confidence!