News snippets

News snippets


Can CFMs save operators?
CFMs, or Composite Metal Foams are tough. Tough enough to turn armour-piercing bullets into dust on impact. As CFMs are lighter than metal plate, CFMs have a wide range of applications beyond that of vehicle armour. CFMs could create “impact proof” recovery vehicles, potentially keeping recovery operators safer. Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, has spent years developing CFMs and investigating their amazing properties. Learn about her work at

From Hell, Hull, and Halifax may the Good Lord deliver us!
Was a saying in medieval times. When a motorist parked in Hull recently he might have been forgiven for remembering this saying, as an -allegedly!- foul-mouthed traffic warden moved a ‘no parking’ cone so it was alongside the car and then issued a parking ticket. Unfortunately for the traffic warden the incident was recorded on a dashcam in the car and Hull City Council will be rescinding the ticket.

Can’t wait? Get in, now!
Under 17s who can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a car can try skid control, manoeuvring, and braking and avoidance techniques at an IAM driving event on 21 and 22 May in Berwickshire. Over the day young drivers can try skill sessions like skid control, manoeuvring techniques and braking/avoiding. There are 40 places for this event on 21/22 May, on a first-come, first-served basis. To book call 0300 303 1134.

Ticket prices for IGNITION, Scotland’s Motoring Festival offer a range of chances to suit all pockets. Single tickets start at £28 (advanced) for day entry. IGNITION Happens at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre 5-7 August. Family day tickets for two adults and three children costs £65. Group books of 10 or 20 people are also available. It’ll be Scotland’s most ambitious motoring event ever. Full details are at website

Green faux pas?
The Environmental Transport Association promotes green vehicle recovery and transportation. It’s published an earnest article on its website calling for Britons to sacrifice one on street parking space for a shipping container for all cordless drills and power tools to be stored. (EDITOR: Pardon?!) It also demanded a major increase in carpooling, using the strapline “The potential size of the car sharing pool is huge. Let’s take inspiration from our neighbours in continental Europe and dive in.” Was illustrating it with two images of Hitler a green faux pas? Possibly.

Nofolk problem
“Should have called in the professionals” may well have been said after an incident in Norfolk, recently. A car was towing another car on a trailer when it lost control and crashed into the central reservation on the A1074. Three fire engines were called to the scene and fire crews rendered the vehicles safe. (ERDITOR: If only they had got an operator with PAS43 to deliver the car!)

So this is why crashed cars are made safe!
A crash-damaged car was being towed between Gympie to Brisbane on the Bruce Highway, Australia, when the car burst into flames. The tow truck driver quickly disengaged the car, saving his tow truck. But had the car been made safe after the crash (I.E., had the battery disconnected) the electrical fault fire simply couldn’t have occurred. Which is why, when towing a crash-damaged vehicle, it’s always wise to ensure the battery is disconnected.