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.

Vehicle thefts down 14.5% last year
Police car
News

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
London
News

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
Chargers
News

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
May new-car registrations up 674%
Ford Fiesta
News

May new-car registrations up 674%

Another impressive year-on-year increase for new-car registrations, but not enough to bring the market back to pre-Covid levels
4 Jun 2021
MoT lift failures in Northern Ireland cost taxpayers millions
UK MoT tests could become less stringent
News

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
Vauxhall Corsa 2014
News

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
Exhaust
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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

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UK car production on the mend but not fully recovered
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UK car production on the mend but not fully recovered

A total of 68,306 cars were built in the UK in April 2021, up 34,573 per cent from last year’s factory shutdowns, but still short of pre-Covid levels
26 May 2021
Nissan gigafactory reportedly planned for Sunderland
nissan leaf
Nissan

Nissan gigafactory reportedly planned for Sunderland

If it goes ahead, the UK’s second gigafactory would see the country become Nissan’s largest EV production hub outside Japan
26 May 2021
New funding for 3,550 public EV chargers
Electric car charging
News

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
Used Ford Fiesta
News

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
News

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
Exhaust
News

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
Electric cars in the UK: are we ready for the EV revolution?
Electric cars in the UK: are we ready for the EV revolution?
Features

Electric cars in the UK: are we ready for the EV revolution?

We take an in-depth look at how the UK is getting ready for the switch to electric
14 May 2021
Toyota to combat UK catalytic converter theft via covert markings
Mazda RX-8 catalytic converter
News

Toyota to combat UK catalytic converter theft via covert markings

Toyota and Lexus will be covertly marking 100,000 catalytic converters on older cars to allow the parts to be traced following a theft
14 May 2021
Classic car auctions: behind the scenes
Bonhams Auction - main
Features

Classic car auctions: behind the scenes

We meet up with Bonhams and learn about the art of auctioneering some of the world's most desirable classic cars
11 May 2021
UK’s crash for crash-for-cash hotspots revealed
Car crash
News

UK’s crash for crash-for-cash hotspots revealed

New analysis reveals the worst places in the UK for insurance fraud cases involving deliberate or invented car crashes
11 May 2021
Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in an Abarth 695 70th Anniversario
Abarth 695 75th Anniversario Shelsley Hill Climb
Abarth

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in an Abarth 695 70th Anniversario

We tackled the fearsome Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Fiat's 178bhp hot hatch
6 May 2021
Hands-free driving to be legal in the UK this year
ford
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Hands-free driving to be legal in the UK this year

Advanced lane-keep assist will allow drivers of certain cars to take their hands off the wheel at speeds of up to 37mph on motorways by the end of 202…
27 Apr 2021
Jaguar Land Rover shuts two factories due to semiconductor shortage
Halewood factory
Jaguar

Jaguar Land Rover shuts two factories due to semiconductor shortage

JLR’s Castle Bromwich and Halewood factories will temporarily close from 26 April as a global shortage of semiconductors impacts production
22 Apr 2021
UK Driving tests restart but learner drivers face long waits
Driving test

UK Driving tests restart but learner drivers face long waits

Learner drivers in the UK face a 17-week wait between booking and taking their practical driving test
22 Apr 2021
No new smart motorways to open without stopped vehicle detection
smart motorway
News

No new smart motorways to open without stopped vehicle detection

Implementation of SVD technology to be accelerated, with existing smart motorways getting the system six months earlier than planned
21 Apr 2021
Matchbox launches carbon neutral die-cast cars
Matchbox carbon neutral die-cast cars
News

Matchbox launches carbon neutral die-cast cars

Matchbox Tesla Roadster is made from 99 per cent recycled materials, with more die-cast EVs to follow
14 Apr 2021
Three to six penalty points increases insurance premium by £232
Car crash
News

Three to six penalty points increases insurance premium by £232

Quote data reveals how much more drivers can expect their insurance premium to rise to after getting three extra penalty points
12 Apr 2021
Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown? Dealers reopen today
lockdown dealer
Coronavirus

Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown? Dealers reopen today

National lockdowns have kept dealers closed but they're back as of today. Here’s how you can buy a new or used car in all parts of the UK
12 Apr 2021
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
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
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