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

Best car manufacturers 2022
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Best car manufacturers 2022

We reveal the UK’s best car brands based on the feedback from car owners who took our 2022 Driver Power survey...
29 Jun 2022
Laws for remote control driving under scrutiny
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Laws for remote control driving under scrutiny

UK Law Commission consults on legal options as public trials of remote control driving tech loom
23 Jun 2022
UK petrol and diesel prices: new records set as pressure grows on retailers to cut prices
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UK petrol and diesel prices: new records set as pressure grows on retailers to cut prices

Cost of filling up rises again, but analysts expect supermarkets and other retailers may soon cut pump prices
22 Jun 2022
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
14 Jun 2022
UK plug-in car grant axed
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UK plug-in car grant axed

Drivers will no longer receive financial support from the Government when buying an electric car
14 Jun 2022
Price, range, performance; more people need to realise electric cars suit them
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Price, range, performance; more people need to realise electric cars suit them

Many drivers are unaware that current EVs already meet their budget and range requirements
9 Jun 2022
UK new car sales: second-weakest May since 1992
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UK new car sales: second-weakest May since 1992

UK new car registrations down 20.6 per cent to 124,394 units, as semiconductor shortage continues to cause trouble
6 Jun 2022

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UK car production: output declines 11.3 per cent in April
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UK car production: output declines 11.3 per cent in April

The semiconductor shortage continues to drive down car production in the UK, as exports also fall
27 May 2022
London ULEZ expansion on the cards as consultation is launched
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London ULEZ expansion on the cards as consultation is launched

Sadiq Khan wants the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone to cover the entirety of Greater London from 29 August 2023
24 May 2022
Privately owned e-scooters to be legalised for use on public roads
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Privately owned e-scooters to be legalised for use on public roads

Transport minister announces plans to create new vehicle category for e-scooters as part of upcoming Transport Bill
12 May 2022
One in five UK cars has covered 100k miles or more
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One in five UK cars has covered 100k miles or more

The average age of cars on UK roads has increased, with 80 per cent being between six and 10 years old
11 May 2022
International driving permit: do you need one?
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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
4 May 2022
Government invests £300k in exhaust noise detection tech
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Government invests £300k in exhaust noise detection tech

A new trial of noise cameras will see owners of cars with illegally modified loud exhausts targeted
3 May 2022
New ‘Chameleon’ kerbside electric car charger revealed by Connected Kerb
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New ‘Chameleon’ kerbside electric car charger revealed by Connected Kerb

The Connected Kerb ‘Chameleon’ charger is one of the smallest dual-chargers on the market
28 Apr 2022
Motorists plan nearly 17m leisure trips for busiest May Day bank holiday since 2016
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Motorists plan nearly 17m leisure trips for busiest May Day bank holiday since 2016

Roads to and from holiday hotspots will clog up between Friday 29 April and Monday 2 May
28 Apr 2022
Just Stop Oil protestors attack M25 petrol stations
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Just Stop Oil protestors attack M25 petrol stations

Service stations at Cobham and Clacket Lane damaged during rush hour attack by eco mob
28 Apr 2022
MoT changes could see tests required every two years instead of annually
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MoT changes could see tests required every two years instead of annually

A new plan to help ease the cost of living crisis would make roads “more dangerous”, critics say
27 Apr 2022
Fossils fuels are the problem not combustion engines, experts say
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Fossils fuels are the problem not combustion engines, experts say

Mechanical Engineering Industry Association criticises EU plan for phasing out of internal combustion engines in cars
25 Apr 2022
Osprey launches accessible public electric car charging site design
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Osprey launches accessible public electric car charging site design

New Osprey electric car charging stations feature counterweighted cables and screens that are easier to read from various angles
25 Apr 2022
Gap between electric car ownership and charging provision grows
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Gap between electric car ownership and charging provision grows

Official figures reveal 29 per cent more electric vehicles were sold in March 2022 than new public chargers were installed
21 Apr 2022
Speed limiters could be fitted to all new cars under EU ruling
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Speed limiters could be fitted to all new cars under EU ruling

Concerns over “Big Brother in your cockpit” as speeding drivers could hear alarms or see engine power reduced
19 Apr 2022
Exclusive: more than 280,000 speeding fines cancelled in 2021
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Exclusive: more than 280,000 speeding fines cancelled in 2021

Over one in seven speeding tickets were cancelled in 2021, with administrative errors and stolen vehicles among the most common reasons
13 Apr 2022
New controversial app turns smartphones into speed cameras
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New controversial app turns smartphones into speed cameras

Developers of a new controversial app called Speedcam Anywhere have hidden their identities following alleged abusive emails
12 Apr 2022
Poor mobile signal hinders public electric car charging
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Poor mobile signal hinders public electric car charging

Public electric car chargepoints requiring mobile phone apps to use are causing problems when installed in areas with poor reception
12 Apr 2022
Transport Secretary cracks down on drug-driving as offences rise
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Transport Secretary cracks down on drug-driving as offences rise

Under newly proposed law changes, drug-driving offenders will be required to undergo rehabilitation before resuming driving
4 Apr 2022
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
4 Apr 2022
Banned 22-reg number plates revealed
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Banned 22-reg number plates revealed

DVLA releases latest list of number plate combinations deemed too inappropriate to be displayed publicly
29 Mar 2022
New car delivery times 2022: how long will you have to wait?
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New car delivery times 2022: how long will you have to wait?

No one likes having to wait for their new car so we called key manufacturers for to get their latest UK lead times
11 Mar 2022
AA Driving School adds electric cars to its fleet
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AA Driving School adds electric cars to its fleet

Learners will be able to have driving lessons in a Peugeot e-208, e-2008 or Vauxhall Corsa-e
3 Mar 2022
Clean Air Zones: Oxford ZEZ pilot goes live
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Clean Air Zones: Oxford ZEZ pilot goes live

Pilot scheme sees internal combustion engined vehicles charged between £2 and £10 per day to drive in Oxford city centre
2 Mar 2022
New car smell: what is it and how do brands make it?
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New car smell: what is it and how do brands make it?

There’s more to making a new car smell nice than simply spraying perfume. We meet Nissan’s expert in odour evaluation
28 Feb 2022
Drink-driving accidents persist as road policing fails
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Drink-driving accidents persist as road policing fails

New official figures show drink-drivers caused 15 per cent of fatal collisions in 2020 - up from 13 per cent in 2019
25 Feb 2022
ULEZ should be replaced with smarter incentives, London Assembly told
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ULEZ should be replaced with smarter incentives, London Assembly told

Air pollution expert suggests paying people to choose greener transport options rather than charging drivers
23 Feb 2022
Driving when tired: how dangerous is it?
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Driving when tired: how dangerous is it?

In a unique experiment, we compared the driving of two of our journalists – one well rested, the other after no sleep at all – to demonstrate just how…
23 Feb 2022