British motoring organisation the AA risks being downgraded to A-status, it was revealed today.
For years the organisation - the 'Automobile Association' - has come to the rescue of Britain's motorists. Its fleet of yellow vans and lorries are a common sight on Britain's road - and that's part of the problem, according to European Transport Minister Johan van Sloten. "You see the vans all right, but you never see them near a broken down car. That's because you never see broken down cars. They're all pretty reliable these days. The vans are mostly full of leaflets for the AA's core activities: car insurance, home insurance, pet insurance and insurance insurance."
So there are moves to drop the 'Automobile' part and rename the AA the 'A', and further downgrade it to 'the 15th Emergency Service', just under tree surgeons and window cleaners.
A spokesman for A said owners of older cars, which are more likely to break down, would be unaffected by the move. "Are you kidding? We don't touch those anyway."