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    New Year News

    Happy new year to you from the Auto Europe team. If the excesses of Christmas made it a little harder to fit into your jeans this morning, spare a thought for the ten Air India hostesses that have been dismissed for being too fat to fly.

    According to a report in the Times, the unfortunate women were given their cards over the festive period, after failing to slim down to meet company weight restrictions. In June 2008 the cabin crew lost a landmark legal battle, when the high court deemed that employee's physiques may be considered integral to their 'personality'.

    For most of us, failure to keep fit won't end with the sack, but it might affect our chances of getting behind the wheel in future.A story in the Mail Online reveals that soon motorists might need to take a health test every ten years to ensure they're in a suitable condition to drive. 

    The DVLA is to issue a new series of guidelines for eyesight and reaction times that could mean thousands of elderly people will be prevented from driving. We'll all have to declare ourselves fit to drive safely every decade. Apparently the £80 fitness test will be voluntary, but you'll risk a criminal record if you're later found to fall short of standards.

    Finally, with forecasters predicting another turbulent year for the economy, it might not just be calories that we have to cut back on in 2009. If you're planning to tighten your budget belt, it might help to know that this week ministers have launched a crackdown on cowboy garages that con customers - particularly women - with overpriced and incomplete services. As described by thisismoney.co.uk, a Department for Business investigation uncovered substandard practices across the country that cost motorists up to £4 billion a year - now that really is a big, fat rip off!

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