Tristan Shale-Hester

Tristan began his career in motoring journalism in 2016, writing automotive content for the likes of the Press Association, Car Dealer Magazine and AOL before joining Auto Express in 2018. His role as deputy consumer and features editor 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.

e-mail: tristan_shale-hester@autovia.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: Road police cuts slammed as UK road deaths rise
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EXCLUSIVE: Road police cuts slammed as UK road deaths rise

Police Federation's top cop speaks out against the reduction in traffic police numbers on UK roads after an exclusive Auto Express investigation
17 Jan 2022
Pothole-related breakdowns hit three-year high
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Pothole-related breakdowns hit three-year high

RAC patrols attended an average of 27 pothole-related breakdowns each day in 2021 – a total of 10,123 throughout the year
14 Jan 2022
Shell converts Fulham fuel station into EV charging hub
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Shell converts Fulham fuel station into EV charging hub

Petrol and diesel pumps removed and replaced with ultra-rapid EV charging points
12 Jan 2022
Smart motorways: Government halts rollout of all-lane running schemes
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Smart motorways: Government halts rollout of all-lane running schemes

Government accepts Transport Committee’s recommendations, agreeing to collect further smart motorway safety data
12 Jan 2022
Man injured on illegal e-scooter makes insurance claim in landmark case
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Man injured on illegal e-scooter makes insurance claim in landmark case

A man in his fifties is taking his injury claim to court after being knocked off an illegal e-scooter by a London bus
11 Jan 2022
Khan seeks to ‘significantly reduce car use’ as congestion costs London £1.5bn a year
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Khan seeks to ‘significantly reduce car use’ as congestion costs London £1.5bn a year

Calls for Mayor of London to streamline congestion charge and ULEZ into single road charging system to tackle congestion
11 Jan 2022
UK petrol and diesel prices: petrol stations urged to make price cuts
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UK petrol and diesel prices: petrol stations urged to make price cuts

Retailers are pocketing bigger margins on petrol and diesel, instead of passing on the 12p per litre oil price cut
6 Jan 2022

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Tesla Model S with prototype battery covers 752 miles on single charge
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Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S with prototype battery covers 752 miles on single charge

A US-based battery technology firm has fitted an experimental battery to the Tesla Model S for a long-range run at a 55mph average speed
5 Jan 2022
Traffic cop numbers plunge as dash-cam policing takes over
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Traffic cop numbers plunge as dash-cam policing takes over

Police use portal to review evidence uploaded by drivers as traffic cop numbers decrease
5 Jan 2022
Zero-emission emergency: The fire brigade that's switching to Tesla
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Tesla Model 3

Zero-emission emergency: The fire brigade that's switching to Tesla

We speak to the fire brigade looking to adopt Teslas across their flees and find out the challenges and opportunities of EV emergency vehicles
29 Dec 2021
Plug-in van grant: what is it and how does it work?
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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
17 Dec 2021
London Congestion Charge explained
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London Congestion Charge explained

All the facts about the £15 charge for driving into central London including a map, how to pay and how to check if you need to...
16 Dec 2021
London Congestion Charge hours reduced but price stays at £15
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London Congestion Charge hours reduced but price stays at £15

The £15 Congestion Charge for driving into central London will apply between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and 12pm to 6pm at weekends
16 Dec 2021
Plug-in car grant cut from £2,500 to £1,500
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Plug-in car grant cut from £2,500 to £1,500

Maximum value of new plug-in cars eligible for the grant has also been cut from £35,000 to £32,000
15 Dec 2021
E10 petrol explained: checker tool, UK prices and is it OK for your car?
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E10 petrol explained: checker tool, UK prices and is it OK for your car?

What is E10 fuel and will your car run on it? Here’s everything you need to know about E10...
14 Dec 2021
Best wallbox home electric car chargers: Driver Power results 2021
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Best wallbox home electric car chargers: Driver Power results 2021

Zappi tops our 2021 Driver Power survey of wallbox home electric car chargers
10 Dec 2021
Gridserve announces raft of new motorway electric car charging hubs
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Gridserve announces raft of new motorway electric car charging hubs

Gridserve planning a total of 20 Electric Hubs and six Electric Forecourts, with 13 sites already under construction
9 Dec 2021
Measures needed to keep older drivers safe, say experts
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Measures needed to keep older drivers safe, say experts

Fatal car accidents involving drivers aged 70 to 79 are expected to rise by 40 per cent over the next 20 years
7 Dec 2021
UK car production down 41.4% in October
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UK car production down 41.4% in October

Weakest October production figures since 1956, with a mere 64,729 cars being built in the UK during the month
26 Nov 2021
Electric cars vs petrol cars vs hybrid cars : which engine choice is right for you?
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Electric cars vs petrol cars vs hybrid cars : which engine choice is right for you?

Petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric cars each have their merits but picking the right one can be tricky. Luckily our guide is here to help
26 Nov 2021
Dashcam-upload portal reports spike in ‘dangerous driving’ videos
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Dashcam-upload portal reports spike in ‘dangerous driving’ videos

Big increase in citizen policing on British roads pays dividends for hard-pressed police forces
25 Nov 2021
Ionity to have 7,000 350kW chargers in Europe by 2025
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Ionity to have 7,000 350kW chargers in Europe by 2025

Ionity's investors - including several major car manufacturers - pump €700m of funding into rapid charging
24 Nov 2021
VED road tax: how much does it cost?
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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
22 Nov 2021
Insulate Britain campaigners sent to prison following motorway protests
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Insulate Britain campaigners sent to prison following motorway protests

Nine individuals imprisoned for between three and six months, as High Court clamps down on injunction breaches
17 Nov 2021
Car manufacturers shun COP26 proposal
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Car manufacturers shun COP26 proposal

Brands decline invitation to end new petrol and diesel car sales globally by 2035 amid concerns over feasibility
10 Nov 2021
Government unveils design for ‘iconic’ electric car chargepoint
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Government unveils design for ‘iconic’ electric car chargepoint

New electric car charger revealed alongside announcement that UK will ban the sale of all new non-zero-emission HGVs by 2040
10 Nov 2021
Drivers miss out on £2.3m of savings by not renewing licences online
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Drivers miss out on £2.3m of savings by not renewing licences online

Around 23 per cent of photocard driving licence applications made to the DVLA still come by post, which is slower and pricier than online
9 Nov 2021
Storing a car: how to lay up a car for the long term
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Storing a car: how to lay up a car for the long term

Leaving a car unused for an extended period of time can be worrying, here’s how you can keep your car in top condition while it’s not in use.
8 Nov 2021
Brand loyalty evaporates as car demand hits all-time high
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Brand loyalty evaporates as car demand hits all-time high

Record demand for cars amid new and used supply shortages persuades buyers to abandon favourite brands
5 Nov 2021
Councils fail to invest in electric car charging infrastructure
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Councils fail to invest in electric car charging infrastructure

More than half of councils have spent nothing on electric car chargers in the past 12 months, with 46 per cent not planning anything for 2022
27 Oct 2021
Autumn Budget 2021: fuel duty frozen
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Autumn Budget 2021: fuel duty frozen

Chancellor of the Exchequer announces that fuel duty will remain frozen once again in light of high petrol prices
27 Oct 2021
Manufacturers to face enforced electric car sales targets
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Manufacturers to face enforced electric car sales targets

Government plans mandate for electric cars to make up a certain proportion of manufacturer’s sales in the UK
27 Oct 2021
Kia celebrates 30th anniversary in Britain
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Kia celebrates 30th anniversary in Britain

Kia has changed a lot in the past 30 years, going from budget car brand to becoming a rival to some established premium brands - how have they done it…
25 Oct 2021
London ULEZ: the Ultra Low Emissions Zone explained
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London ULEZ: the Ultra Low Emissions Zone explained

The £12.50 daily ULEZ charge has come into force. Here are the facts about the charge, the zone map and the cars affected
25 Oct 2021