Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 ‘Crazy Cutter’ bats for new Road Traffic Act http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Crazy-Cutter--bats-for-new-Road-Traffic-Act_50766 MOTORCYCLE stunt rider Marlon ‘Crazy Cutter’ Fletcher believes the amendments to the Road Traffic Act would partly assist in reducing the death toll among bikers. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Brazil’s top pickup comes to Jamrock! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Brazil-s-top-pickup-comes-to-Jamrock_50760 THE 2016 Volkswagen Saveiro caused quite a stir at the ATL Automotive Volkswagen Road Show in Portmore Pines, St Catherine, last weekend. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH: Counting on the Q5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Counting-on-the-Q5_50733 Need to go on that weekend retreat? Well, only the Audi Q5 can provide that comfortable, stylish and elegant ‘getaway’ vehicle that’s ideal for your diserning taste, as Pulse models Corrine Lindo, Alicia Burke and Davina Bennett will show us. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT NRSC disappointed Traffic Act debate on hold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/NRSC-disappointed-Traffic-Act-debate-on-hold_50821 THE National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is disappointed that the debate of the new Road Traffic Act by the Senate has been stalled as Parliament will be dissolved due to the upcoming general election on February 25. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Election stalls Traffic Bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Election-stalls-Traffic-Bill_50842 AFTER two years on the tables of the Parliament, the new Road Traffic Act will not be implemented prior to the February 25 general election. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Total acquires major stakes in Dom Rep retailer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Total-acquires-major-stakes-in-Dom-Rep-retailer_50732 TOTAL SA, the France-based parent company of Total Jamaica, has bolstered its presence in the Caribbean by acquiring a majority stake, 70 per cent, in the Dominican Republic’s leading fuel retailer, Putney Capital Management, which operates 130 service stations under the Shell brand. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Kiddoe offers solutions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Kiddoe-offers-solutions_50788 IN the face of mounting motorcycle casualties, safety advocate Tarik Kiddoe has stepped forward publicly with four suggestions to help reduce fatalities. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Classic’ run on Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Classic--run-on-Sunday_50755 THE Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will make its first out-of-town trip to the Ocho Rios Orchid show, on the lawns of the San Souci Hotel in St Mary, on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Tweaking perfection http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Tweaking-perfection_50753 EVERYONE can attest to the fact that German engineering is awash in the high-performance, four-door sedan market. So when a 2000 Audi S4 Quattro came up for sale two years ago, Donald Ellis moved quickly out the blocks. Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Gas prices - February 5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Gas-prices_47977 90 Local Auto Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT ‘Bad gas’ committee wants more time to complete report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Bad-gas--committee-wants-more-time-to-complete-report_50586 THE committee which the Government set up to probe the source of contaminated fuel in the petroleum trade and make recommendations to fix existing loopholes has asked for more time to complete its work. Local News Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jaguar Land Rover ends production of Defender model http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jaguar-Land-Rover-ends-production-of-Defender-model_50170 LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The last-ever Land Rover Defender, a vehicle beloved by Queen Elizabeth II and featured in Hollywood blockbusters, rolled off the production line Friday after 68 years of being made in Britain. Local Business Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘We’re here to serve and protect’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-We-re-here-to-serve-and-protect-_50038 WITH hefty fines accompanying the proposed Road Traffic Act, there are concerns in several quarters it may open the door to corruption on the part of the police. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT When form meets function http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/When-form-meets-function_50071 THERE’S like no question that sport utility vehicles (SUV) are all the rage. But the 2016 Ford Everest is no pretender to the crown and aimed squarely at those who take the ‘utility’ portion of the acronym seriously. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Traffic Act goes to Senate today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Traffic-Act-goes-to-Senate-today_50057 TODAY the new Road Traffic Act will go to the Senate. The Act, if approved, will result in major changes in the legislation regarding drivers in upcoming months. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT JUTC managers now qualified bus drivers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JUTC-managers-now-qualified-bus-drivers_50026 MANAGING director at Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Colin Campbell, heads a list of managerial staff members who are now fully qualified JUTC bus drivers. Local News Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Drag racing gives back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Drag-racing-gives-back_50063 FOR the second year, the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) has responded to the needs of the community that surrounds its racing base of Vernamfield, in Clarendon, through its Early Childhood Assistance Programme, by rendering assistance during 2015 to three basic schools. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Marshalls fete their own http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Marshalls-fete-their-own_50008 Sabarina Fowles was recognised by her peers as the Marshall of the Year at an awards ceremony held at Waterfalls in St Andrew, last Saturday night. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH: Chequered Flag http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Chequered-Flag_49996 Today, we put the lid on our off-track action from the last drag racing meet held at Vernamfield in Clarendon recently. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Ralston heads JMMC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Ralston-heads-JMMC_50065 JOHN Ralston now heads the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) after their annual general meeting at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston, recently. Local Auto Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT California wrestles with making self-driving cars public http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/California-wrestles-with-making-self-driving-cars-public_50103 SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from prototype testing. Local Business Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Smooth sailing - Easier access to Old Harbour from May Pen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Smooth-sailing_49268 THE eastbound off-ramp at Old Harbour, which gives Highway 2000 East-West motorists travelling from May Pen access to Old Harbour and its environs, was officially opened Wednesday morning by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Omar Davies. Local Auto Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT 23 in 20 days http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/23-in-20-days_49358 THE National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is reporting that 20 fatal road collisions occurred on our nation’s roads during the first 20 days of 2016. Local Auto Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT First lady of circuit racing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/First-lady-of-circuit-racing_49335 MONIQUE Gibbs was selected first female president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) at the club’s annual general meeting held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, on December 6. Local Auto Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Touché Tucson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Touch--Tucson_49378 THE Hyundai brand has enjoyed major growth internationally and, with products of the quality of the 2016 Tucson, their entry-level sport utility vehicle, they should soon replicate that success here in Jamaica. Local Auto Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT