NEWS: Mille Miglia 2014 starts today, 500 historic cars racing 1,000 miles Brescia-Rome-Brescia. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland will bring its drink driving limit into line with most of Europe. A Viennese taxi driver was ripped off after a 1,000 mile trip to Dubrovnik. Higher fares Rosyth-Zeebrugge could mean millions of extra truck miles on Scottish roads, Brittany Ferries finally makes some money and there’s a winter tyre warning from Italy.
GIBRALTAR QUEUE WATCH: after being free-flowing for most of the day, delays reached 1h20 in the evening.
MILLE MIGLIA 2014 IS GO:
roundup: NORTHERN IRELAND. The drink driving limit with be reduced to the common European level of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood from the UK’s 80mg, one of a number of new driving rule proposals expected to become law in 2015. AUSTRIA. A taxi driver was left empty handed penniless after driving a customer 1,000 miles from Vienna to Dubrovnik. The customer was getting cash from an ATM to settle the £800 bill but disappeared. ROSYTH-ZEEBRUGGE. New emissions rules next year will see fares rise on the DFDS freight-only ferry route and could mean hauliers driving millions of extra miles on Scottish roads as they divert to shorter ferry routes from England alleges the Scotsman. DFDS recently cancelled the Harwich-Esbjerg passenger ferry route, partly over increased costs due to the new emission rules. However a spokesman tells the Scotsman DFDS ‘has no other plans for further route closures at the moment’. BRITTANY FERRIES. After four years of losses, the Western Channel UK-France ferry operator finally made a profit (of €1.6m) in 2012-13 compared to losing €17m in 2011-12 according to industry reports. ITALY. Today marks the official changeover from winter tyres. While most drivers can continue to use them beyond 15 May, any with speed ratings L, M, N, P + Q (up to 160kmh) must switch else risk a hefty fine. Finally, Gardena Pass, to the A22 Brennero motorway at Barbiano is still shut following its 1,000 lightening strikes at the weekend.