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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.

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MoT tests: 750,000 took place in April despite six-month extension

The number of MoT tests in Britain fell 80 per cent between March and April, but over a quarter of a million tests still took place
27 May 2020
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Concerns as rise of connected cars coincides with sharp increase in cyber attacks

Some 67 per cent of new cars registered in the UK are ‘connected’, with automotive cyber attacks rising rapidly
27 May 2020
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Can I buy a car during the coronavirus lockdown? Car dealers to reopen on 1 June

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that car dealerships will be allowed to reopen on June 1st as the coronavirus lockdown is relaxed further
27 May 2020
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VW to pay customer £25,000 following new Dieselgate ruling

Volkswagen has lost a landmark court case in Germany and must now pay significant compensation
26 May 2020
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Over a million unroadworthy vehicles set to return to the roads

Nearly 1.1 million vehicles given a six-month MoT extension are projected to have dangerous or major defects
22 May 2020
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Calls for car dealerships to reopen as closures costs Treasury £61 million a day

Every day dealers remain closed costs the Treasury £20 million in lost tax revenue, and £41 million in furlough payments
21 May 2020
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Drug-driving up by a fifth in England and Wales last year

The number of motorists found guilty of drug-driving increased 19.89 per cent year-on-year in 2019, new official figures reveal
21 May 2020

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Easing of lockdown causes 72% spike in car breakdowns

New Government guidance encouraging people to travel to work and allowing recreational activities leads to more breakdown patrol callouts
19 May 2020
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European cars subject to 10% import tariffs from 2021

UK will default to World Trade Organisation rules from 1 January 2021 unless a a free trade agreement is struck with the EU
19 May 2020
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E-scooters could get 12.5mph speed limit in the UK

Next month’s e-scooter trials will not require riders to have training or wear a helmet. A consultation is being held on the final rules
19 May 2020
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Electronics make up 40% of a new car’s cost

Cost of car electronics see sharp rise over recent years, and are projected to make up half of the cost of a new car by 2030
18 May 2020
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London Congestion Charge will increase to £15 and operate seven days a week

Transport for London announces temporary price hike and extension of operating hours for the Congestion Charge
15 May 2020
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London Congestion Charge explained

All the facts about the £11.50 charge for driving into central London including a map, how to pay and how to check if you need to...
15 May 2020
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Car insurance firms must waive fees and allow delayed payments, says watchdog 

The Financial Conduct Authority instructs car insurers to try and save customers money and allow deferred payments
15 May 2020
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Local roads to receive £1.7bn investment

Transport secretary announces £1.7 billion investment in local roads as he urges Britons to avoid public transport
14 May 2020
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Renault Kadjar and Captur production could move to Nissan’s Sunderland plant

Reports suggest Renault and Nissan are in talks to move production of the two SUVs from Spain to the UK
14 May 2020
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SORN applications more than double during lockdown

Applications for statutory off-road notices more than double during first four weeks of lockdown as drivers save cash when not using their cars
13 May 2020
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Ford’s European car factories to restart production on 4 May

Production will resume at Ford’s engine plants in Dagenham and Bridgend on 18 May, the company has announced
13 May 2020
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Meet Ian Callum: from Jaguar designer to company founder

Legendary designer Ian Callum hasn’t been idle since stepping down from Jaguar. He’s set up his own design company, and job one is to revisit one of h…
13 May 2020
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Can I drive my car during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown?

The first easing of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown has now come into effect - does this mean you can now drive your car?
13 May 2020
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Over 11,000 new drivers lost their licences in 2019

New figures show 11,125 drivers lost their licences in 2019, with insurance-related offences causing almost half of bans
12 May 2020
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Car use rising despite coronavirus lockdown

New data shows there was a 23 per cent increase in daily miles driven in the UK between the first and last weeks of April 2020
7 May 2020
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Drivers to spend more on their next car than previously planned

Buying data indicates that once lockdown ends, motorists are set to spend more money on their next car than previously planned
7 May 2020
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Twice as many cars needing new batteries during lockdown

Many drivers are only using their cars for short trips during lockdown, meaning a spike in demand for replacement car batteries
5 May 2020
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Jaguar Land Rover online sales system now fully operational

Jaguar Land Rover’s online sales platform is now available for use by all UK customers looking to buy a car remotely
3 May 2020
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Pothole-related breakdowns increased 20 per cent in Q4 2019

There has been a 4.5 per cent increase in the number of pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of 2020
1 May 2020
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Drivers caught at "extreme" speeds during coronavirus lockdown

Metropolitan Police reveals there was a 650 per cent rise year-on-year in the number of drivers caught speeding in London last week
30 Apr 2020
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Nissan Sunderland aims to resume production in early June

Production at Nissan’s Sunderland plant will remain suspended throughout May, with production resuming in June on a phased basis
30 Apr 2020
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UK car production down 37.6% in March due to coronavirus

The coronavirus lockdown has led to car factories shutting down and, in turn, 47,428 fewer cars rolling off production lines
29 Apr 2020
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Dogs make you drive more carefully

Having a dog in the car makes motorists drive more carefully, although many are unaware of the rules around transporting pets
29 Apr 2020
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Almost 9,500 drivers on UK’s roads have 12 penalty points

Drivers with more than 12 penalty points usually face disqualification for at least six months, but there 9,349 UK drivers with exemptions to this rul…
29 Apr 2020
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Parking spaces with electric car chargers should have green signs

Having different coloured signage for parking spaces with EV chargers would make them stand out and help prevent ‘ICE-ing’
28 Apr 2020
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Pop-up chargepoints solve urban electric car problems

Urban Electric’s pop-up charging hubs give electric car drivers without a driveway the ability to easily charge their cars at home
28 Apr 2020
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Tesla electric cars cover higher annual mileages than cars from any other brand

The average Tesla owner covers 12,459 miles annually in the first three years after buying a new car.
28 Apr 2020