Tristan Shale-Hester

Tristan began his career in motoring journalism at the age of just 18 and has written automotive content for numerous publications, including the Press Association, Car Dealer Magazine, and AOL among others. His role as consumer reporter at Auto Express allows him to write news and features on matters of importance to motorists. Tristan also curates the Inbox and Q&A sections of Auto Express, sharing opinions and answering questions from the readers of Britain’s favourite weekly car magazine.

Audi A3 owner's manual is longer than The Lord of the Rings
Audi A3

Audi A3 owner's manual is longer than The Lord of the Rings

Study reveals how different car owner's manuals compare with famous novels in terms of length and the time it takes to read them
23 Oct 2020
Drivers could get points for number plate offences under proposed law
News

Drivers could get points for number plate offences under proposed law

Owners of cars and motorcycles with an obscured or missing number plate could receive three points in addition to £100 fine under new proposals
22 Oct 2020
Dash cam portal saves 170,000 hours of police time in two years
News

Dash cam portal saves 170,000 hours of police time in two years

Nextbase's National Dash Cam Safety Portal is used by 33 police forces and has recorded more than 20,000 uploads
21 Oct 2020
SUVs targeted by new weight tax in France
News

SUVs targeted by new weight tax in France

France’s environment minister has announced a new car weight tax designed to encourage manufacturers to reduce CO2 emissions
20 Oct 2020
Private parking firms want to start clamping again
Car clamp
News

Private parking firms want to start clamping again

Cowboy clampers could make a comeback if the Government grants private clamping firms’ requests
20 Oct 2020
Car makers could be forced to sell electric cars
News

Car makers could be forced to sell electric cars

Government ministers plan to require manufacturers to sell minimum proportion of zero-emission vehicles
20 Oct 2020
All mobile phone use behind the wheel to be banned
Van mobile phone
News

All mobile phone use behind the wheel to be banned

A Government consultation seeks to update UK law in line with modern technology and close loopholes allowing drivers to take pictures and video at the…
16 Oct 2020

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Hyundai Kona Electric recalled over fire risk
Electric cars

Hyundai Kona Electric recalled over fire risk

Hyundai Kona Electric recalled in South Korea; investigation currently underway to establish need for recall in UK and Europe
13 Oct 2020
Birmingham Clean Air Zone launches 1 June 2021
Traffic
News

Birmingham Clean Air Zone launches 1 June 2021

The UK's second-largest city will charge drivers of pre-Euro 4 petrol and pre-Euro 6 diesel cars £8 per day to enter the city centre
12 Oct 2020
Loss of employment is ‘inevitable consequence’ of driving ban
Britain's most dangerous roads revealed - police patrol
News

Loss of employment is ‘inevitable consequence’ of driving ban

More motorists who receive 12 or more points will be banned from driving even if it costs them their job, under new guidelines
12 Oct 2020
Amazon and Rivian team up for new electric delivery van
Rivian Van
Vans

Amazon and Rivian team up for new electric delivery van

Amazon aims to have 10,000 Rivian made electric delivery vans on the road by 2022
9 Oct 2020
Nearly one in five young motorists make video calls when driving
News

Nearly one in five young motorists make video calls when driving

Proportion of people using handheld mobile phone behind the wheel reaches four-year high, with video calls an increasing problem
6 Oct 2020
EV chargepoints face regulatory crackdown
News

EV chargepoints face regulatory crackdown

Consultation will begin this year investigating how public chargepoints should be regulated, particularly regarding pricing and data
6 Oct 2020
UK petrol and diesel prices: three months of rising prices come to an end
Kia Niro long-term - petrol station
News

UK petrol and diesel prices: three months of rising prices come to an end

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady in September, but experts say drivers are still paying more than they should be
4 Oct 2020
Transport Committee recommends e-scooters be legalised for road use
News

Transport Committee recommends e-scooters be legalised for road use

Cross-party group of MPs calls for e-scooters to be fully legalised, but with measures to prevent their use on pavements
1 Oct 2020
Electric car energy tariff and charging comparison site launched
News

Electric car energy tariff and charging comparison site launched

Rightcharge will allow drivers to compare different electric car-focused energy tariffs, home charge units and charger installation providers
30 Sep 2020
Crash for cash: Insurance fraud set to rise, experts warn
News

Crash for cash: Insurance fraud set to rise, experts warn

The Insurance Fraud Bureau warns the public to be prepared for increased incidences of ‘crash for cash’ scams and other forms of insurance fraud
30 Sep 2020
Uber will continue operating in London
Uber - office
News

Uber will continue operating in London

Court rules Uber is now "fit and proper" to operate in the UK capital, in spite of "historical failings"
28 Sep 2020
Automotive apprentices receive £100,000 support
News

Automotive apprentices receive £100,000 support

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to help small and medium-sized firms keep their apprentices
28 Sep 2020
Car care tips: how to protect your investment
Tips & advice

Car care tips: how to protect your investment

Keep your new car in the best shape with our recommended car care products
25 Sep 2020
VED road tax: how much does it cost?
car tax calculator
Consumer news

VED road tax: how much does it cost?

Confused by VED road tax? Our comprehensive guide explains how much you'll pay on your next car
25 Sep 2020
UK car production almost halved in August
Production line
News

UK car production almost halved in August

Car manufacturing plummeted 44.6 per cent due to continuing Covid-19 crisis and stalling consumer demand
25 Sep 2020
Morning rush hour is back: traffic hits pre-lockdown levels
News

Morning rush hour is back: traffic hits pre-lockdown levels

As many cars are taking to the road between 8am and 9am on weekdays now as they were back in January
20 Sep 2020
Killer drivers will face life sentences from 2021
Speed camera accident
Consumer news

Killer drivers will face life sentences from 2021

Government promises to introduce legislation to reform sentencing for drivers who cause death or serious injury next year
14 Sep 2020
Councils lose over £40m in parking fine revenues during lockdown
News

Councils lose over £40m in parking fine revenues during lockdown

The 19 largest UK cities lost 71 percent of their income from parking fines between April and June 2020
10 Sep 2020
Over half of drivers break 30mph limits
Increased speed limits helps to cut accidents
Consumer news

Over half of drivers break 30mph limits

Official figures show drivers are most likely to break 30mph limits, closely followed by 70mph motorway limits
9 Sep 2020
Government promises more chargers and electric car schemes to mark World EV Day
Electric car charging in the UK - Chargemaster public charge point
News

Government promises more chargers and electric car schemes to mark World EV Day

Department for Transport and Highways England to invest in the UK’s electric car infrastructure
9 Sep 2020
Traffic is not a key contributor to air pollution, study finds
News

Traffic is not a key contributor to air pollution, study finds

Researchers reveal a 65 per cent reduction in traffic on Scottish roads during lockdown had no significant impact on air pollution
8 Sep 2020
2.5 million clocked cars on the road
EU to crack down on car clocking companies
News

2.5 million clocked cars on the road

Citroen Dispatch, Renault Scenic and Peugeot Expert are most likely to have mileage discrepancies
7 Sep 2020
Part exchange: how to get the most money for your car
man stroking car
Tips & advice

Part exchange: how to get the most money for your car

Is it best to part exchange your car? Our handy guide will tell you how to get the most cash for your car
3 Sep 2020
Women at greater risk of injury and death in drink-drive accidents
Drink driving
Consumer news

Women at greater risk of injury and death in drink-drive accidents

Women are only behind the wheel in 20 per cent of drink-drive accidents, but account for 34 per cent of casualties
27 Aug 2020
Over four million motorists at risk of expired MoTs
MOT testing station
Consumer news

Over four million motorists at risk of expired MoTs

MoT extension scheme has caused spike in number of vehicles needing MoT test in the next three months; those driving a car with expired MoT risk £1,00…
27 Aug 2020
Official: 400 jobs to be cut at MINI Oxford plant
MINI

Official: 400 jobs to be cut at MINI Oxford plant

Reduced customer demand will see almost half all agency staff at the MINI Oxford factory lose their jobs by mid-October
26 Aug 2020
Catalytic converter thefts up sixfold last year: how to protect your car
Mazda RX-8 catalytic converter
News

Catalytic converter thefts up sixfold last year: how to protect your car

New data reveals there were nearly 13,000 catalytic converter thefts from cars in 2019
25 Aug 2020