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

Government consults on electric car chargepoint availability and accessibility
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Government consults on electric car chargepoint availability and accessibility

Department for Transport proposes minimum level of charging infrastructure in car parks and inclusive design for EV chargers
28 Sep 2021
Interest in electric cars spikes amid fuel panic buying
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Interest in electric cars spikes amid fuel panic buying

As panic buying causes petrol and diesel pumps to run dry, online interest in electric cars has seen a significant increase
28 Sep 2021
Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released
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Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released

Latest DVLA list of banned UK registrations reveals which 71-plates are too rude for the road
21 Sep 2021
Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirms digital driving licences are on the way
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Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirms digital driving licences are on the way

DVLA plans to offer a digital provisional driving licence by 2024, with full digital licences to follow at a later date
17 Sep 2021
UK fleet average carbon emissions down 11.8 per cent as EV take-up increases
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UK fleet average carbon emissions down 11.8 per cent as EV take-up increases

Sustainability improves across the automotive sector in spite of the pandemic’s hit to turnover
17 Sep 2021
Highway Code updated to make motorways safer
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Highway Code updated to make motorways safer

Updated motorway driving advice for motorists relating to stopping in an emergency, red X signs and variable speed limits
14 Sep 2021
‘Blocking roads won’t solve climate change’
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‘Blocking roads won’t solve climate change’

Holding up innocent commuters and emergency service vehicles won’t win anyone’s favour, says Tristan Shale-Hester
13 Sep 2021

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Consumer safety rating for automated driving systems in development
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Consumer safety rating for automated driving systems in development

A rating system is under development by Thatcham Research and Zenic, with the expectation it will be adopted by Euro NCAP
8 Sep 2021
New-car market sees weakest August since 2013
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New-car market sees weakest August since 2013

Semiconductor supply issues continue to hold UK new-car registrations back, with market down 7.6 per cent on 10-year average
6 Sep 2021
E10 petrol explained: UK prices, checker tool and is it OK for your car?
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E10 petrol explained: UK prices, checker tool and is it OK for your car?

E10 petrol is up to 10 per cent ethanol and is available at UK fuel stations now as part of the bid to cut CO2 emissions
1 Sep 2021
Calls for lower drink-drive limit as deaths plateau
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Calls for lower drink-drive limit as deaths plateau

Official figures reveal 230 people were killed in drink-driving accidents in 2019, with a further 1,820 seriously injured
26 Aug 2021
UK car production sees worst July numbers since 1956
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UK car production sees worst July numbers since 1956

UK car manufacturing fell 37.6 per cent year-on-year in July 2021 due to the semiconductor shortage and pingdemic
25 Aug 2021
Bank holiday traffic expected to return to pre-Covid levels
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Bank holiday traffic expected to return to pre-Covid levels

Congestion is expected over the August bank holiday, but drivers plan on staying closer to home
24 Aug 2021
National Highways is the new name for Highways England
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National Highways is the new name for Highways England

The Government-owned company responsible for England’s motorways and major A roads changes its name and appoints a new boss
20 Aug 2021
Best car manufacturers 2021
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Driver Power

Best car manufacturers 2021

We reveal the UK’s best car brands based on the feedback from car owners who took our 2021 Driver Power survey...
11 Aug 2021
Car colours: black is UK’s favourite shade for used cars in 2021
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Car colours: black is UK’s favourite shade for used cars in 2021

In the second quarter of 2021, black was the most popular used car colour in the UK, followed by silver and blue. For new cars, grey is top pick.
10 Aug 2021
Used car sales up 109% in second-best quarter on record
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Used car sales up 109% in second-best quarter on record

Total of 2,167,504 used cars were sold in second quarter of 2021, following the emergence from lockdown and spike in demand
9 Aug 2021
Over 5.5m cars had MoTs delayed under Covid extension
MOT testing station
Consumer news

Over 5.5m cars had MoTs delayed under Covid extension

More than a fifth of drivers took advantage of MoT extension, with motorists warned MoT bookings will be in high demand this September
8 Aug 2021
VED road tax: how much does it cost?
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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
2 Aug 2021
UK must install another 127,000 EV chargers by 2025, says Labour
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UK must install another 127,000 EV chargers by 2025, says Labour

The Labour Party warns that the UK only has 15 per cent of the public chargers it needs to have by 2025 to achieve its carbon goals
28 Jun 2021
Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police
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Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police

Lack of road traffic police officers in the UK is making it easy for drivers to break the law, according to a survey of 15,500 British motorists
16 Jun 2021
Four million people in the UK have fallen asleep while driving
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Four million people in the UK have fallen asleep while driving

Research produces worrying revelation that four million UK motorists have nodded off behind the wheel at some point
16 Jun 2021
Illegal car modification hotspots revealed
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Illegal car modification hotspots revealed

Gloucestershire has the highest proportion of illegal car modifications, with altered number plates the most common breach
14 Jun 2021
Vehicle thefts down 14.5% last year
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Vehicle thefts down 14.5% last year

Police data shows fewer vehicles were stolen in 2020 than 2019, with lockdown keeping drivers at home with their cars
9 Jun 2021
e-scooter trial launches in London
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e-scooter trial launches in London

The year-long scheme sees rental e-scooters allowed to be used on road, but one council has already pulled out of trials amidst issues
8 Jun 2021
Government offers £200k for ‘iconic’ EV chargepoint design
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Government offers £200k for ‘iconic’ EV chargepoint design

Office for Zero Emission Vehicles seeks design that will make public EV chargers “a piece of iconic British street furniture”
7 Jun 2021
MoT lift failures in Northern Ireland cost taxpayers millions
UK MoT tests could become less stringent
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MoT lift failures in Northern Ireland cost taxpayers millions

All MoT tests in Northern Ireland had to be cancelled last year when it emerged the majority of vehicle lifts in the region were faulty
3 Jun 2021
Used car prices skyrocket to all-time high
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Used car prices skyrocket to all-time high

Post-lockdown demand and semiconductor shortage both contribute to used car prices hitting an unprecedented level
3 Jun 2021
Birmingham clean air zone launches with 100,000 drivers affected
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Birmingham clean air zone launches with 100,000 drivers affected

Motoring organisations warn many drivers of non-compliant vehicles in Birmingham won’t be able to afford to upgrade to a newer, cleaner model
31 May 2021
New funding for 3,550 public EV chargers
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New funding for 3,550 public EV chargers

Ofgem will pay for motorways service areas to receive new cabling for 1,800 chargers and will also fund 1,750 chargers in urban areas
24 May 2021
Average age of UK cars reaches record high
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Average age of UK cars reaches record high

The average UK car is now 8.4-years-old, with total vehicle numbers having taken their first drop since 2009 to 40.35 million units
21 May 2021
Oxford to get Europe’s ‘most powerful’ electric car charging hub
Oxford's Redbridge electric car charging hub
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Oxford to get Europe’s ‘most powerful’ electric car charging hub

First of 40 planned Pivot Power ‘Superhubs’ will arrive in Oxford later this year, with 38 fast and rapid EV public chargers
20 May 2021
Government ‘lacks plan’ for phasing out new petrol and diesel car sales
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Government ‘lacks plan’ for phasing out new petrol and diesel car sales

MPs say more thought needs to be put into the price of electric cars, their availability on the used market and access to the charging network
18 May 2021
Ford investigates displaying adverts on car infotainment screens
Ford advert patent
Ford

Ford investigates displaying adverts on car infotainment screens

Information from roadside advertisements would be beamed to a car’s infotainment screen under Ford’s patent application
18 May 2021