SMMT attended The Future Shape of Motor Vehicle Sales and Servicing meeting held today in Brussels. Organised by the Forum for the Automobile and Society the event looked at how the motor industry has operated under the existing regulation which is due to expire in 2010 and discussed how the new proposals are likely to impact on business and the consumer. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Although the report does not make proposals as to the future of Block Exemption, the Commission indicates that there appears to be no requirement for a motor industry sector-specific regulation and wishes to consider the accommodation of motor vehicle distribution under the general regime on vertical restraints. Following publication of the European Commission’s evaluation report on the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation, SMMT is looking forward to furthering its dialogue with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) in order to validate the Commission’s findings. * SMMT supports EU desire to simplify regulation * Competition alive and well in motor industry * Industry in dialogue with government to validate findings “The motor industry has come a long way since Block Exemption was first adopted and we welcome the  Commission’s desire to now simplify the regulation,” said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt. “We look forward to engaging with government and other stakeholders in order to evaluate the report findings, with the aim of maintaining a healthy balance of the many and varied interests of the industry.” SMMT will be reviewing the report in more detail and is in dialogue with the OFT and BERR to discuss the proposals and frame the debate going forward. The current regulation has contributed to positive consumer benefits through healthy competition in all areas of the industry, and the report suggests that the same results can be achieved by using the general scheme. The sector-specific rules contain complex and unattractive options that simply are not used by businesses. The new EU Type-Approval legislation makes certain aspects, such as access to technical information for new cars, redundant. read more

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Deebo Samuel caught two touchdown passes and recovered a bad snap on a punt in the end zone for another score as South Carolina beat Akron 28-3 on Saturday.The Gamecocks (7-5) were playing a low-stakes game on a rainy, cold December afternoon to make up for one cancelled by Hurricane Florence against the Zips (4-8), whose opener at Nebraska was cancelled by thunderstorms.It was a sloppy game. South Carolina had four turnovers — two of them red zone interceptions by Jake Bentley — and Akron had six fumbles, losing three of them. In 17 second-half drives, 10 ended in punts, four ended on downs, two ended in lost fumbles and the last one ended at the final gun.Bentley was 14 of 27 for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Mon Denson ran 17 times for 110 yards and Bryan Edwards caught five passes for 109 yards and a TD for South Carolina.Samuel put this game away on his own. His fumble recovery on a high snap on an Akron punt put the Gamecocks up 21-3 and his 5-yard TD catch with 1:33 to go in the second quarter put South Carolina ahead 28-3. Samuel has 16 TDs receiving, seven rushing, four on kick returns and one on a fumble recovery in his career. He also has thrown two passes in college — both for touchdowns.When the Gamecocks and Zips originally agreed to play this one Nov. 2, there was a good chance both teams would be playing for bowl eligibility. But South Carolina pulled off a Southeastern Conference win over Ole Miss and Football Championship Subdivision Chattanooga to get to six wins and Akron lost its last three to stay stuck at four victories.Kato Nelson was 19 for 39 for 178 yards. Kwad Smith caught six passes for 69 yards for the Zips. Nick Gasser’s 45-yard field goal gave Akron its only points.The Zips were going after their second Power Five win. Akron beat Big Ten West Division champion Northwestern 39-34 on Sept. 15.___THE TAKEAWAYAkron: For the Zips, the biggest one might be a nice $1.3 million check for filling this hole in South Carolina’s schedule. Akron has never beaten a team from the Southeastern Conference in six tries. The Zips failed to win at least five games for the first time since going 1-11 in Terry Bowden’s first season in 2012.South Carolina: The Gamecocks have been haunted by injuries this season — at least 15 players were out hurt Saturday — and couldn’t get through this one unscathed either. Offensive lineman Zach Bailey was carted off on the last play of the third quarter. The Gamecocks have now beaten three Bowdens — Bobby at Florida State, Tommy at Clemson and Terry now at Akron. Terry Bowden was 2-0 against South Carolina at Auburn.UP NEXT:Akron: The Zips season is over.South Carolina: The Gamecocks await their bowl destination on Sunday. The most likely spots are the Gator Bowl against a Big Ten team or the Belk Bowl against someone from the Atlantic Coast Conference.___More AP college football: and Collins, The Associated Press read more