Thanks for the very informative link about U-Haul, very scary reading. It also goes to show that there is nothing like a bit of training. Now do not get me wrong I hate the over emphasis there is here in the U.K for having a licence for everything but one I will agree with is you cannot now tow anything if you have just passed your driving licence. You must do a seperate test. Another thing in the U.K. it is the drivers responsibilty for the vehicle, so it is quite simple if the vehicle is wrong you are wrong. How does that help, well do what I do when confronted with a dodgy vehicle and walk back into the hire office and ask for the manager to write you a waiver form stating that he/she takes ALL responsibilty for all prosecutions etc should you be stopped by the police. It works wonders, usually a bit of an arguement but you have covered your ass and get a better vehicle. If you drive right you should have no problem towing. Try towing a 21′ caravan, about 1800 kgs, with a 1998 Renault Laguna with 110 bhp. No problem so long as you are careful and load it right. If a car was so dangerous to tow with Europe should be carnage. Look how many Dutch alone flood the roads with caravans. As for the maintenence system for commercial vehicles in the USA that leaves me scratching my head. In the UK any commercial vehicle should by law have a daily defect book, many LCV’s dont and beware you could get prosecuted for not having it, and if they are over 7500 kgs must have an inspection every 4 – 6 weeks regardless ofthe mileage. This inspection is the same as the yearly one done by the government but done by a private firm. Anyway keep up the good work.
If you want to see the new 2009 Toyota Urban Cruiser in person you can either hop on a plane next month and head to the Geneva Motor Show — or you can just take a look at these spy photos of the new 'yota driving about sans camouflage on the snowy Swedish roads. Just like the press shot of the new Urban small-uv we've already seen from Toyota, these clear-as-day photos show us the Urban Cruiser will basically be a re-designed US-Spec Scion xD. The changes appear to be a big-time front fascia revision, including the addition of a new grille shape, a new front bumper, new fog lamps, and a revamped lower intake design. What carries over? The headlights. Read the full spy report below the jump.