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.

Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?
Speed limit to be cut to 60mph on M1
Tips & advice

Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?

England is coming out of its third lockdown, with the rest of the UK in a similar position - what does this mean for drivers?
6 Apr 2021
Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry
Motorway
News

Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry

Everything you need to know about how Covid-19 affects cars, motorists and the car industry in the UK
6 Apr 2021
Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown? Dealers to reopen on 12 April
lockdown dealer
Coronavirus

Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown? Dealers to reopen on 12 April

National lockdowns have kept dealers closed but the reopening is in sight. Here’s how you can still buy a new or used car in all parts of the UK
6 Apr 2021
New car registrations remain 37% below pre-Covid average despite Spring bounce
Ford Fiesta
News

New car registrations remain 37% below pre-Covid average despite Spring bounce

March 2021 saw an 11.5 per cent year-on-year increase as the UK marked the first anniversary of Covid-19 restrictions
6 Apr 2021
Car tax bands: 2021 VED bands explained
Tax
Tips & advice

Car tax bands: 2021 VED bands explained

Our guide to the VED road tax bands for cars registered from 1 April 2017 onwards
1 Apr 2021
Police report rising road offences despite lockdown
motorway
News

Police report rising road offences despite lockdown

New data reveals increase speeding, driving without due care and consideration and drivers crashing into parked cars
29 Mar 2021
UK car production falls 14% in worst February since 2010
Production line
News

UK car production falls 14% in worst February since 2010

Just 105,008 cars were built in the UK in February 2021, marking the 18th consecutive month of decline
26 Mar 2021

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Government urged to introduce alcolocks for cars
Alcohol interlock system
News

Government urged to introduce alcolocks for cars

Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety says drivers should have to give a negative alcohol reading before being able to drive
25 Mar 2021
International driving permit: do you need one?
BMW M235i 2014 side desert
Driving abroad

International driving permit: do you need one?

Driving abroad is easy when you have the right paperwork - here’s how to apply for your International Driving Permit
24 Mar 2021
Plug-in van grant: what is it and how does it work?
plug-in van
Tips & advice

Plug-in van grant: what is it and how does it work?

Everything you need to know about the plug-in van grant, including what it is, which vehicles are eligible for it and how to apply
19 Mar 2021
Plug-in Car Grant cut from £3,000 to £2,500
Plug-in hybrid
News

Plug-in Car Grant cut from £3,000 to £2,500

Government will provide up to £2,500 towards electric cars costing up to £35,000 as it refocuses funding on more affordable EVs
18 Mar 2021
2030 ban threatens automotive sales and jobs, industry told Government
Traffic
News

2030 ban threatens automotive sales and jobs, industry told Government

Written submissions from Government consultation reveal automotive industry’s fears about the 2040 ban being brought forward
15 Mar 2021
Oxford Zero Emission Zone launches in August 2021
Traffic
News

Oxford Zero Emission Zone launches in August 2021

First phase of new scheme will see internal combustion engined vehicles charged between £2 and £10 per day to drive in Oxford city centre
12 Mar 2021
Motorway EV charging network to be overhauled
Rapid charger
News

Motorway EV charging network to be overhauled

Gridserve partners with Ecotricity to upgrade outdated Electric Highway chargers following criticism from the Government
12 Mar 2021
Highways England launches ‘Go left!’ smart motorway safety campaign 
Smart motorway
News

Highways England launches ‘Go left!’ smart motorway safety campaign 

Advertisement follows instruction from Transport Secretary to improve safety on and confidence in smart motorway network
11 Mar 2021
Motorists pay £71.5m a year in car insurance cancellation fees
News

Motorists pay £71.5m a year in car insurance cancellation fees

Drivers in the UK cancel 1.3 million car insurance policies each year, paying an average fee of £55 to do so
9 Mar 2021
8,800 drivers on UK roads with 12 points
Driver with second highest points doesn't have licence
News

8,800 drivers on UK roads with 12 points

There are currently 8,800 drivers in the UK still driving despite having enough penalty points to trigger an automatic ban
9 Mar 2021
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
4 Mar 2021
Honda to work with Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio on swappable EV batteries
Honda battery
Honda

Honda to work with Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio on swappable EV batteries

Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio are setting up a ‘Swappable Batteries Consortium’ to create standardised cells for light EVs, such as electric motorcyc…
3 Mar 2021
Budget 2021: Fuel duty frozen for 11th consecutive year
News

Budget 2021: Fuel duty frozen for 11th consecutive year

Chancellor scraps plan to increase fuel duty in bid to keep cost of living down during ongoing Covid-19 pandemic 
3 Mar 2021
Smart motorways explained
M6 motorway traffic
Consumer news

Smart motorways explained

Smart motorways are meant to be a cost-effective way of increasing road capacity, but they’ve made headlines for the wrong reasons
26 Feb 2021
Smart motorways inquiry launched by MPs
smart motorway
News

Smart motorways inquiry launched by MPs

The Transport Committee will investigate the impact of smart motorways following concerns over their safety and calls for them to be scrapped
26 Feb 2021
Official: E10 petrol launches in September
Petrol pump
News

Official: E10 petrol launches in September

E10 petrol is up to 10 per cent ethanol and will be available at UK fuel stations from September 2021 as part of bid to cut CO2 emissions
25 Feb 2021
Drivers paid nearly £60m in bus lane fines in 2019
Bus lane sign
News

Drivers paid nearly £60m in bus lane fines in 2019

Two million bus lane fines were issued by more than 800 cameras across the UK in 2019, resulting in £59.6 million being handed over by motorists
25 Feb 2021
Scottish car buyers can enter showrooms under appointment system
Car dealership
News

Scottish car buyers can enter showrooms under appointment system

Scottish Government confirms dealers can allow customers into their showrooms to conclude the purchasing of a vehicle
23 Feb 2021
Motorists to be paid £3,000 a year to give up cars
London traffic
News

Motorists to be paid £3,000 a year to give up cars

Two-year trial scheme in Coventry, in which drivers will give up polluting cars in exchange for public transport credits, will go ahead
22 Feb 2021
More electric cars on the road than diesels by 2030, drivers predict
Tesla Model 3 Long Range - front
News

More electric cars on the road than diesels by 2030, drivers predict

Survey suggests that motorists think EVs will make up 19.8 per cent of cars on the UK’s roads by 2030, while diesels will account for 16.8 per cent
18 Feb 2021
Speeding is less socially acceptable than five years ago
Speeding camera
News

Speeding is less socially acceptable than five years ago

Only a minority of drivers believe going 80mph on the motorway is acceptable now, when the majority supported it in 2016
17 Feb 2021
Car sales will surge when lockdown ends
Uk car sales
News

Car sales will surge when lockdown ends

Easing of lockdown restrictions will cause car sales boom thanks to pent-up demand and desire to avoid public transport
17 Feb 2021
Plans for second UK battery gigafactory to be built in Coventry
Gigafactory
News

Plans for second UK battery gigafactory to be built in Coventry

City council and airport form partnership aiming to build £2bn battery production facility, creating thousands of jobs in the West Midlands
16 Feb 2021
Councils get £500m to fill 10 million potholes in 2021
Potholes
Consumer news

Councils get £500m to fill 10 million potholes in 2021

The new pothole repair funding is part of a £2.5 billion Potholes Fund that was announced in the 2020 Budget to cover 2020/21 to 2024/25
15 Feb 2021
Number of rapid electric car chargers in UK up 37% in 2020
Rapid charger
News

Number of rapid electric car chargers in UK up 37% in 2020

Government data shows continued growth in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure, but warns of uneven regional distribution
12 Feb 2021
Skodas to get wrong-way warning system
Skoda
Skoda

Skodas to get wrong-way warning system

New Skoda infotainment app developed by Bosch warns motorists who are driving the wrong way down a road of their error
10 Feb 2021
Used car sales fall to lowest level since 2012
Ford Fiesta Mk6
News

Used car sales fall to lowest level since 2012

Last year saw 6.75 million used cars change hands - 14.9 per cent fewer than in 2019 - with Covid-19 lockdowns impacting the market
9 Feb 2021